Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, January 05, 2013

2013 MTBO Project


In 2013 I'm going to be a better MTB orienteer.  That shouldn't be too difficult because I'm not a good mountain bike rider and I've done very little MTB orienteering (a local event a few years ago and a few training sessions on my own last fall).

To give some structure to my 2013 MTBO Project, I'm using the ideas from Daniel Coyle's book The Little Book of Talent.  Coyle has 52 "tips" - one a week.  That's a perfect structure for a year long project.  Coyle has written several books about performance.  He wrote about Lance Armstrong.  He wrote Tyler Hamilton's book about Armstrong's doping.  He wrote The Talent Code.  As he was working on his books, Coyle kept notes:

Whenever I spotted a nugget of advice or a  potentially useful method, I jotted it in my notedbook and marked the page with an electric-pink Post-it.

The Little Book of Talent is a collection of those ideas for improving skill.

My idea is to take a chapter a week and test out an idea from each chapter and use it to improve my MTB orienteering.  Most of the ideas are things I've already used when I was working to be a better orienteer.

This week I've been watching, intently, some videos of expert mountain bikers.  Trying to learn about their technique and, coincidentally, getting a bit of inspiration.

Next week, I'll move on to the 2nd tip - spend 15 minutes a day "engraving the skill on your brain."

By the end of the year, I'll be a better MTB orienteer.

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posted by Michael | 9:31 AM


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