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Old 12-15-2012, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK. so i do a lot of park riding and I'm getting pretty good. the thing is, i have a lot of fear usually. often i go and i don't fully commit and bail and it is really annoying. i visualize and everything but it seems to be a large problem for me. got any tips or suggestions on how you guys overcome it?
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You just have to come to terms with the fact that you're probly gonna eat it...

But honestly I'm in the same boat as you. Not so much hurting myself, but the medical bills that might come with it. Seen my father get buried under medical debt and it's not pretty.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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what seems to work sometimes but is hard to do is land a sick trick that im confident with and get an adrenaline rush and go crazy.

also medical stuff is expensive!! i broke my thumb last year and felt bad at what my parents had to pay WITH insurance. iv decided that this year any broken fingers will simply be ignored and taped.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Be confident, and loose. When in doubt go a little faster.
Visualize yourself doing whatever slowly in your head(approach, take off, maneuver, landing) and most importantly know your limits!!
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The fear will never go away completely, but it does become a more comfortable fear the more you get used to certain features.

The best thing you can do is make sure you master the tricks you're trying to learn on smaller, un-scary features first, then take the same trick to larger features that scare you only when the trick has become second nature to execute.

Doing this usually means it's still scary, but having the trick 100% committed to your muscle memory means you should still be able to pull it off first try and that immediately starts lowering the amount of fear you feel the next time you hit the same feature.

It's all about getting that muscle memory dialled in so your body automatically goes through the motions even if you're scared.
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thx. right now im working on spinning onto rails like 270s. its pretty freaky. im sure i can do it because iv always been told i can spin really fast and i spin out of rails fast so it really shouldn't be too hard
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Nice gotta love the feeling of learning a trick Have fun
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Can you 270 onto bigger downhill sloping boxes? If you can it should literally be the same execution technique that you already know.

If not, make sure you go back and master that first. If you can 270 onto a downhill box, 270 onto a rail should literally take you a day or less to learn.
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Fear held me back last season no question. My mate progressed more than me because he just didn't give a fuck, would hit anything and everything without hesitation.

On the flip side he landed on his head and was air lifted to the hospital bein a helmet away from death, I wasn't.

Next season I'm hoping the fact that im pissed hes pulling off stuff i'm still not comfortable with motivates me to get over the fear.. I'll be putting much more time in the park than him!
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Just going to put it out there: Riding with no fear is just as stupid as letting fear stop you from progressing.

Fear is healthy and good and if you're a good park rider you'll use it to analyse each situation and find a way to limit your risk without stopping your progression.

Progressing in park is a balance between not caring and not taking stupid risks.
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