- Help, I appear to be a useless mincer
Take your riding back to basics. Do ickle tiny drops and jumps and just build up.
I was once a far more confident rider – but ended up with a three year gap from riding as my (now ex) wife didn’t like me enjoying life.
It’s taken me a year almost to get any sort of speed back and I still can’t jump anything like I used to. But I don’t let it stress me. I enjoy my riding and just go with a “it’ll get better with time” attitude.
Mincing is underrated anyway…..Posted 5 years agowatsontonyMember
if you have the bike to handle the gnarrr then you just need to program the software to also handle the gnar. i think you should find the steepest roughest bit in your local arear and just session the scaryes bit time after time untill you are back up too speed. and i find putting the headphones in and blasting some beats helps to clear the “what ifs” out of the back of you mindPosted 5 years agoCaraxMember
Same thing happened to me after I crashed and broke my Femur.
I too had also ridden MTB (and raced) over 25 years
When I started riding again I obviously started carefully to avoid further injury. However I found that even after a couple of years my confidence on anything tricky was gone and I was opting out of anything remotely challenging.
My “cure” was a 29er.
The move up from my 26 hard tail to a 29er, gave me the boost in confidence I needed. It was probably more psycological than the benefits of the 29er itself, so upgrading whatever you ride, to something more confidence inspireing will probably work. EG Hard tail to FS or Short Travel to Long Travel.
With my increased confidence,I am now far better at technical sections than I was before my accident.Posted 5 years agospawnofyorkshireSubscriber
I’m constantly battling vertigo and a fear of steep things whilst out riding. I generally find riding with a friend and following them down technical things helps me out, when i’m out by myself i do have to give myself a bit of a talking to before hitting some techy bitsPosted 5 years ago
First, apologies for the long(ish) post – this has been a long running problem.
I’ve been mountain biking for nearly 25 years and up till last year had never hurt myself, and was happy riding all kinds of crazy stuff without even thinking about how I was doing it, or whether it was sensible. I just seemed to have this aura of invincibility and kid-like ability to just ride anything.
Then I had a big OTB crash when I screwed up a 3 foot drop off. Landed on the front wheel and got spat over the bars and cracked a rib, which really really hurt. It was a massively dumb thing to do on a solo night ride and dragging my broken ar5e back home in agony and covered in vomit was a deeply unpleasant experience.
Anyway, after a few weeks of recovery and a huge bollocking from the missus, I was riding again and (as expected) was a bit nervous and lost loads of confidence.
Problem is, nearly a year later I’ve recovered *none* of my confidence. If anything, I’m getting more not less nervous. To the point where it’s taking a lot of the fun out of riding. Anything remotely technical has me staring at all the sharp rocks and bottling out, instead of looking where I want to go and just riding. Simply can’t help it. As for drop offs – anything bigger than a kerb has me off walking. Steep descents are the same. I’m just hopeless at it all now.
When I do force myself to MTFU (even a bit) I invariably frighten myself. It seems that all my rides end with me either being scared, or cursing myself for being a mincer.
I’m a bit stuck really. It’s like I’m starting mountain biking from scratch. I look at stuff that a year ago I was happy to blast down with a huge grin, and this year I simply have no idea how I’m going to get down it safely and just can’t bloody do it. It’s really really p!ssing me off.
Any pearls of wisdom? Feels like I need bloody therapy or something 🙁Posted 5 years agoKryton57Subscriber
I know what you mean. A shattered shoulder in 2010 left me with a lack of confidence in a weird way. I can hurtle through singletrack, and even Welsh trails with rocks at full pelt, but those little drop offs, say 6″ in size that require a small loft of the front wheel, or a surface (last sunday, a six inch drop onto a 3ft wide bridge over a stream where the bridge was a mass of dried horses hoof divots) that make me think the front wheel could be unstable, and I’m off an walking.
:-/Posted 5 years agoneilforrowMember
you need some perspective really: you have been riding for 25 years… it is a relatively dangerous sport, mistakes happen, one of those things… and MTFU
Like DrR said. back to basics. Go session some smaller stuff and go from there. Dont go out and do the usual ride. mix it up a little.Posted 5 years agoPePPeRSubscriber
I’m another minceur, it was my broken shoulder and the fact that I couldn’t support my family after that crash that forced me into this life.
Before that I’d broken more bones than anyone else I’ve ever met and couldn’t give a toss, twas responsibility that made me give up.Posted 5 years agoiain1775Subscriber
I had similar problem to the OP, my catalyst was a new baby, over tired, led to a series of minor crashes then a bigger one, still not huge but cracked a rib, mangled a wheel and really knocked my confidence
(incidentally I was riding with mates at the time, showing them a cheeky trail, riding with them had undoubtedly improved my riding but not this time)
I tried new pedals, tyres, wider bars anything else I could blame other than myself
I went to see Jedi
I had a great day, really felt I was getting somewhere
Right until I washed out on the last corner of his little track, went down hard hurt my hand, turned out later I broke my thumb (and slightly bent the other wheel!)
Finished the session, but couldn’t ride for ages due to the thumb
Got back on felt a bit better but now a year later I’m probably worse
Confidence completely gone
So I bought a new bike, only been out 3 times but I’m not sure that’s worked either (so blaming the wheels next, here we go again…..)
Coming to accept I’m probably just a mincer (with a nice bike)
I don’t care, I’ve a family to consider, rather be a responsible dad than a gnarr dad, I still have fun and enjoy getting out doing what I do, I just do it with more consideration (a bit slower)Posted 5 years ago
I know I can do drops and jumps, I did them in a Hertfordshire field, i have a photo and Jedi’s blog entry to prove it but I also know i don’t have to do them when alone on a remote hillside somewhere
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