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Mtn. Biking - Reflexes & Reaction Time Trainage

post #1 of 11
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Ok, so "trainage" isn't a word...but neither was Google 15 years ago!

Here's my question to the enlightened masses here: We all know that bicycling in general, but IMO, particularly Mtn. Biking helps improve one's winter abilities as far as picking lines, skiing/riding through the trees, and even running gates. Question is, how exactly would you describe or word that concept? I think there's a commonly accepted term for it, I just can't remember what it is! I've also heard this mystery term used along the same lines in driving courses...

As an aside, I can always pick out the mountain biker(s) whenever I teach an advanced ski or snowboard class, especially in the bumps or the trees. They're much more comfortable in tight spots, they pick more logical lines, and they're usually better at switching to Plan B on the fly when something goes wrong (like when an out of control skier almost takes them out).

Now I just wish I knew what to call this concept!
post #2 of 11
It is called cross-training. The specific skills or muscle action of one activity helping you out in another activity.
post #3 of 11
Pattern recognition
post #4 of 11
cross training is what first jumped to my mind as noted above.

Maybe also, muscle memory?
post #5 of 11
Bi-Flex-training.

I'm, by no means, an expert in this, but it was mt biking that finally got it in my head to look ahead in the bumps.
Don't look at the tree, or you're bound to run into it. Look past the tree!

The reflex part of it comes with crashing.
A)recovery to avoid a crash
B)Crashing with the least collateral damage.

When I fall, while skiing, or crash, while mt biking, I have a tendency to flop into it. Almost turning myself into a rag doll.
post #6 of 11
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Now I just wish I knew what to call this concept!
skill transference

as opposed to

skill interference
post #7 of 11
[expanding..]
When dealing with similar external cues, Cross Training/Skills transfer would provide someone a broader pallet of neurological response choices to fire off the best path commands to a well conditioned muscular and skeletal system (call that muscle memory if you like). In other words, taking a hard tail down a single track managing tight turns on loose terrain would I think share in similar experience to that of mogul skiing. However, while cross training would work to better support someone’s ability to recognize similar external cues calling up a more effective movement response pattern than those who have done neither activity (and look more proficient doing so) certainly you are not going to be as good as someone who masters but one activity alone. As it goes; Jack of all, Master of none.
post #8 of 11
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Thanks, guys!
post #9 of 11
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Thanks, guys!
Guys?
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Guys?
Yes, guys...kinda like "The Royal We!"

I like ya, TC, so here goes:

Thanks guys...and Trekchick!
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Yes, guys...kinda like "The Royal We!"

I like ya, TC, so here goes:

Thanks guys...and Trekchick!
Awe sucks!
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