No Flow, No Momentum, Nothing

It was a good day for riding but … for some reason, nothing seemed to flow. I had no momentum, I couldn’t relax, simple features in the natural trail seemed almost beyond my capabilities.

What was the matter with me?

Yes, we all have good days and bad days and some are just mediocre and in-between. Our skillset seems to desert us almost on a whim so what’s going on?

Just a few days ago I had some fantastic rides at Bike Park Wales with flow and momentum but now that all seemed such a long time ago because I just couldn’t settle and put any sections together. What was worse I couldn’t work out what I was doing that was so different but it must have something.

Time to stand back

Sometimes, as in life, we get so wrapped up in problems that we don’t give ourselves some time to stand back. Time for a ‘time-out’!

I realised that my problem was not about my own head space or a skillset that had vanished but more about my preparation.

I’d been to Bike Park Wales. I use higher tyre pressures at bike parks than I normally use on our local wooded and wet local trails. Here it comes – light-bulb moment!

I reduced the pressure in my front tyre and bingo on the next run over slippery roots, rocks and gravelly chutes, all was well. Lesson learned until the next time I forget of course!

Make sure your bike setup is appropriate for the conditions and your riding style people! 👍😎

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Jez Meades aka. RadGrandad has been riding bikes for more than 25 years. From time-trialling to racing cyclosportives in Europe to just having fun on an MTB. A British Cycling Level 2 Cycling Coach happy to share his knowledge and experience.