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01-01-2019, 12:07   #1
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2019 goals

Happy New Year mtb forum, hope you all had a good Christmas holidays. Whats the goals for the year, anybody have any mad trips or adventurers planned?

Mine are just to ride more, increase the fitness, improve the skill level and possibly enter a couple of races. A new or second bike would be nice too but doubtful.
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Much like yours jvan, just get out and ride more, increase the fitness & skill levels with an eye on not coming last in what will be my first 'full' enduro race in Scotland in September (PMBA Enduro round #5). Tempted to enter a few other races, but that's the only one committed to for now. Also keep threatening to bring the missus to Fort William which never happened in 2018.

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Similar, maintain/improve fitness and work further on skills, take some lessons. Will pick and choose a few xc and enduro races. Starting with the blitz. Time will be limited this year so need to use it wisely! Hopefully will get a new trail/enduro bike also
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Same as the rest of ye, get fitter and bring up the skill level, improving my jumping being the main skill focus so plan on making a few trips to bike park to dial things in. Blitz Ballyhoura is definitely on the cards and might squeeze in one or two extra
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02-01-2019, 08:59   #5
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Hopefully not fall off as much
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02-01-2019, 16:30   #6
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Get at least 4 enduro races in this year.

Complete 3500km on the bike in total.

Run the distance equivalent of 3 marathons over the course of the year.

In short, get out more.
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02-01-2019, 22:44   #7
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3500 on mountain bike?! Fair play.
@peter t - yep jumping was one of my focuses for this year. I can recommend bike park. I have gone to the Gap fair bit this year. I didn't feel like I was making huge progress but I noticed when I went back to other trails that I was jumping a lot better and taking jumps on that I would have avoided previously. Still have a lot of improvement needed on jumps with short sharp ramps.
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3500 on mountain bike?! Fair play.
@peter t - yep jumping was one of my focuses for this year. I can recommend bike park.
I've been there before last year. Rented a bike off them and was doing alright but when pushing hard my jumps and landing were sketchy at best. The full suspension bike was doing its work covering my flaws which then ended up with a "I'm going to clear it this time " confidence level , big spill and a cat 3 shoulder acl separation confirmed my jumping technique needed more work.
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Ouch, what happened, bad landing or did your back wheel catch the lip of the landing mound and bounce you over?
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There's a section in the middle of the red where you take a few bends through gorse bushes then you've a small table top that cuts into a left hand berm. Got my line wrong over the table top and clipped the tree on the right spun the handlebar out my hand and landed with my front wheel sideways and catapulted myself into the ground. All a result of being over confident for my experience and having a jump technique that has me going off to the right all the time. Still was a great day out
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Any MTB'er out there who want to improve fitness and skills should forget about online videos and/or paying for Coaching...

Just join a MTB club!


There's at least 3 main Dublin MTB Clubs, EPIC MTB, IMBRC and MAD...

Only way you'll get better is cycling with fitter more experienced riders
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I had a miserable 2018 on the bike, so my 2019 goal is to get out more..
Every year I put myself under great pressure to get fitter etc and then it all turns into a bit of a chore...
This year I am not bothered about my fitness as that will follow when I get out more.
Not interested in races or upping skills (even though there are no skills to speak of)
2019 is about the fun factor for me and keeping it all about fun
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I had a miserable 2018 on the bike, so my 2019 goal is to get out more..
Every year I put myself under great pressure to get fitter etc and then it all turns into a bit of a chore...
This year I am not bothered about my fitness as that will follow when I get out more.
Not interested in races or upping skills (even though there are no skills to speak of)
2019 is about the fun factor for me and keeping it all about fun
Good post, often we can get bogged down in events, needing to be better etc etc. At the end of the day it should be about the fun, its not supposed to be a serious sport, just an enjoyable past time.
And I bet you that if are having fun you'll actually improve without realising it.
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Bought a new bike with an emphasis on trail rather than xco, want to have a bit more fun to get me out more. Saying that, it's a steamroller of a unit with a dinner plate cassette so hopefully not too much slower.

Goals... Do a 160km spin (100 miles), if the weather holds it will be this year.

Epic club league (if it starts again).

Get down towards 90kg, have a clear plan this time and it was working until Xmas.

Do more of the old school xc spins I did 10-15 years ago whilst I can still remember them.

Oh, and stay healthy.
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Start riding my mountain bike (rather than the road bike!) again!!
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