Mountain biking is fun, exciting and keeps you mentally and physically fit. Many bike as a means to maintain their fitness. The rest like to compete. The only way they will be of any real threat to other competitors is if they train. A lot. You’ll find that a mountain biker has an inner and outer strength that’s difficult to surpass, because while you play Partypoker, they’re on their bike. You can be a pro too though. Just remember:
Cycle every day – Even if it is just for half an hour. Make time for it. Cycle to work if you have no other hours in the day to do so. This will keep up your fitness, and make sure that you don’t regress.
Exercise your determination – You will notice after a few weeks or even days of training, that your determination will start to lag. Don’t let it. You are determined to push through and succeed in your goal to become the ultimate mountain biker. The key is to give yourself goals you know you can achieve, and see if you can go further once achieved.
Strength training – Go to the gym and work on your leg strength. Use the weights, and do exercise such as pilates to strengthen your core muscles and balance etc. The more strength you have, the easier you will find it to bike.
Endurance training – Mountain biking tests your endurance, and you won’t be a pro at the beginning of your training scheme. You have to build yourself up to it. Whatever your ultimate goal of the day is, train your mind into beating targets. To endure is to take the pain and carry on regardless.
Skill training – Mountain biking is as much to do with skill as it is your endurance and strength. The only way you develop skill is by practicing. Go out on the tracks, go places you’ve never ventured to before, and try out the techniques that you aren’t familiar with.