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Live Steam, thanks! I've had an epiphany!(5 posts)

Live Steam, thanks! I've had an epiphany!TNSquared
May 21, 2003 7:52 PM
pushing through = foot angled slightly upward
pulling up = foot angled slightly downward

Road 35 bumpy miles last night and it didn't take the first 3 to realize I'd been angling my foot in exact reverse. Once I got the feel, the proper technique became instinctive almost immediately. Your description of the mental imagery made all the difference.

No numb toes and I'm finally cramping in my calves instead of the hammies! (Which I guess is a good thing in this case.)

Didn't get a chance to work on the no hands drill, but I will. Then I gotta go find me a fixed gear. The other guys gave me the bug yesterday.
Is that anything like an enema? :-) nmrwbadley
May 21, 2003 7:55 PM
Talk about powerful mental imagery! :-0 (nm)TNSquared
May 22, 2003 4:45 AM
Glad I could help! At least I'm good for something other ...Live Steam
May 22, 2003 5:04 AM
than as a punching bag for the "liberal panty wastes" on this board :O) IT'S A JOKE!

Say TN I understand what the proper mental image can do as a teaching tool. I used to be a ski instructor and that was the best tool available for me to use. Simply stating the mechanics was never useful by itself. If you let someone know what they should be feeling and try to put a picture in their head, you get better results. That is how I learned how to ski, spin , etc...!

Riding is certainly much more fun when it feels right and you become more efficient. You put less stress on your body parts too :O) Have fun!
It's funny you say that...TNSquared
May 22, 2003 9:46 AM
When trying to explain all my excitement over yesterday's enlightenment to my wife, I equated it to my first ski lesson. Every time I tried to turn left, I turned right, and every time I tried to turn right, well -- I turned left. (I seem to have a tendency of reversing body mechancis, glad this wasn't the case with my marathon running!)

Anyway, after 30 exasperating minutes for the instructor, he finally told me to imagine putting out a cigarette with the foot to the outside of the turn. Presto! I immediately became a carving machine.

I'm with you - imagery and feel are great tools for improving, especially when you put them with the proper physical training. Thanks again for getting me going in the right direction (literally!)