1. Focus Control – which gives us complete control over selecting the rights parts of the trail in a pattern of thought that then helps us time every decision and all our speed, position and gear actions
2. Speed Control – gives us complete control over our speed so we’re always riding at the right speed
3. Position control – gives us complete control over our balance, stability, and posture, so we’re always moving our body and bike the right way
4. Gear Control – gives us complete control over leveraging our pedalling power the best way possible
5. Embracability – gives us complete control over accepting future change and empowering our will to succeed
Now, have a think about three completely different trail features: a jump, a corner, and a thin plank over a river.
They might look different to each other, but for each of those features, we still need to know how to Control our focus on the right parts of the feature at the right time, so we can create our riding line, and know when to adjust our speed, position and gear.
We might ride each different trail feature at different speeds, too, but it’s the same speed control skill we need, to ride all of them with extraordinary skill and control.
Sure, we might position and move our body in different ways for each of them, but it’s the same position control skill we need for all of them.
Yes, we might use different gears for each different trail feature, but it’s the same gear control skill we need, to ride all of them.
And lastly, even though every change in the trail is different, we still want the ability to embrace every one of them and empower ourselves for success, don’t we?
Even though every trail feature is different, we need the same control skills to ride them.
Any benefit we want as well, such as more traction, efficiency, or safety, demands we have control over those five skills, too. Those five Control Skills are the foundation of all we think and do.