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How Not To Make A Mistake You’ll Hate Later

One mistake that you make often is putting things off for later. If you think of it, it isn’t even that important. If you wait, your life will have no impact beyond your death. So, how does one make right now?  Just focus on what is important and keep moving forward.

Sometimes people make mistakes, or “mistakes” in the language of sports, but they’ve all been identified — and fixed — before they can cause a serious injury to someone else. As in the NBA, in cycling, and in football. Let’s face it, all major sports are based on this concept. To fix a mistake, it’s just another day for you and your peers, and no loss to anyone else. If your choice is to try a new training plan and get in shape, or to sit this out, your choice will have no real impact on other riders.

When you’ve identified the mistake, you should try to keep a close eye on it as it’s made a real difference in your riding. Don’t go to work or class, or write it on a card to give to your coach. It’s your mistake that might save a life for the better. You can look at mistakes either as a cause of injury or injury prevention.

Mistake #1: Getting caught or stopped before you can get up and go. This is very common, especially in older riders.

You’re climbing a really steep section of road. When you first catch a glimpse of the summit, you’re already at a low angle. At this angle, it takes a lot for you to roll off that bike and onto your feet, and you don’t really have a chance to. You’re already low. 

In the past, this meant a crash.  Sometimes you can actually get caught right at a low angle, and the force of the crash will actually cause your knees to buckle.  Then if the saddle collapses, that won’t work either. The force of the crash can actually rip the knees out from under you, and send you down from such a low angle.

Your brain is always telling you there’s no time to recover, and it’s actually trying to get you to ride faster on the bike to get to the top.

You’ve just come through a very tough climb, and now it’s time to climb the other side. There’s a big gap between you and that peak, and that distance is going to take a little longer than you think. If you get there too late, and you come down before the climb ends, you’ll go back on your bike. Then you will have to go back up again (and this time, you’ll be a little slower). After all that work, you had a great opportunity, but you didn’t make it.

You can try to fix this problem.   It’s often just a matter of getting your body at a low angle before riding. Here’s a simple exercise:

What you need to do is stand tall. Make sure you get some firm support. In the air you don’t have to worry much about the seat, you just need to keep your body from collapsing.

Start standing with your feet a few inches apart. Now let your legs dangle, like they’re on ladders. Slowly try to lower them to their lowest point.   This is a basic example, but you’ll also want to do it in a few different positions.   The most important thing will be staying in a straight line to the side where you want to get to.   If you can’t get a stable, straight line, you might not be able to hang there and you’d be better off back pedaling. 

I’m going to do one more exercise.

Make sure you are using two hands.   This is so that you don’t slide out of the saddle.