By Brian Maslach Please join us in welcoming our newest ambassador: Joanna Yates! Joanna is a remarkable human as well as being a phenomenal rider and coach. Her positive attitude caught my attention before I knew anything about her coaching or riding abilities. Her energy is contagious! Not surprisingly, she is a professional mountain bike coach and guide at the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy. She is also the content creator and social media manager for Thunder Mountain Bikes in Sedona Originally from West Virginia, Joanna initially developed her mountain biking skills in Slatyfork, WV. She moved to Sedona, a place many of us dream to be, to professionally utilize and further develop her skills. She's definitely the type of person I am excited to utilize to help test and...
A ride can change in an instant. If you've mountain biked for long you've likely experienced this at least once. This past weekend, Jason Irwin and I encountered one of these instances. Thankfully, Enduro Bites came to the rescue, but now how you’d likely expect.
Training only on the bike can bring about structural weaknesses. If we're lucky, these can be inadvertently addressed by activities we chose to do off the bike. If not, they require the eye of a good coach to diagnose and address. Either way, the offseason is the best time address them. Coach Matheny also mentioned that unless you're a pro athlete with virtually unlimited training time, you're usually better served by addressing weaknesses for at least a portion of your off-season, and how it's easy to get addicted to putting in big miles and end up not ever being recovered enough to do quality intensity workouts to really increase your performance.
Three simple steps to keep from being a sloth over the next couple of weeks! While the general population resigns themselves to losing fitness and gaining weight during the holiday season, there’s no reason those of us who value physical performance can’t employ a bit of creativity to continue the quest for improvement despite family commitments, travel, and everything else that goes with the holidays.
Alpine mountain bike rides are one of my favorite things. There's nothing like riding a narrow single track on the side of a mountain. Thankfully, I live in an area where there are more high-country trails than I can ride over the course of a summer. This year I've been making a point do as many as possible. Here are a few glimpses into some of my recent rides.