How much do you really know about cycling technique? More importantly, how willing are you to seriously assess your own technique so you can become a better coach? I share a story with you that helped me realize how important it is to really know proper technique of your sport inside and out before being able to help others improve and excel.How much do you, the instructor, really know about proper cycling technique? Every sport has its definition of perfect technique, and athletes who want to improve will study the best of the best and mimic their technique as much as possible. They will watch videos, and analyze the movement in slow motion, and they will do their best to apply what they learn.
This is what I want to inspire you to do so that you can not only improve your coaching, but so that you can improve your own technique. But first let me tell you a story. It’s a story with many lessons, but the primary lesson I would like you to recognize is the inability of some people to know what good technique really is.
I used to teach skiing at Vail Mountain here in Colorado. Early in my skiing career, about 14 years ago, I had a private all-day lesson with a woman from back east. I remember it was one of the first all-day privates I ever had, after having spent a few years solely teaching class lessons. I was elated at the opportunity, because it was what I really wanted to do, but I was also a little scared. Over the course of the day, I learned a valuable lesson working with her that I still remember to this day.