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RAMP FEATURES: ENDING YOUR FEAR OF THIN RAMPS STARTS WITH THIS
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Ending your fear of ramps start with getting in control of your focus. But, this isn't simply a case of 'looking where you want to go', like the old mountain bike rule that's been passed on from generation to generation. Getting Focus Control is something different entirely.

When you have the Focus Control Skill you know exactly where to look and when, based on the shape of the trail ahead of you, instead of based on your feelings and emotions. Once you know 'where' to look and 'when', based on a simple pattern of thought, you're looking at the right parts of the trail at the right times. 

Without Focus Control, you have no real pattern to follow to scan the trail the most effective way. Your eyes and your attention will simply be attracted to the parts of the trail that raise your emotions the most. I call those 'Pressure Points'. 

On thin ramp features the pressure points for most riders are any drop to the left and right of the ramp, as well as any turn, rise, or fall the ramp makes, along with any nearby gnarly terrain.
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Once you're attracted to a pressure point, your body feels the emotion you've attached to the possible consequences of messing up. Your body instantly recognises those emotions as warnings that pain, loss, or discomfort could happen in any moment. Immediately, all thinking is by-passed, and your body reacts with fight or flight actions. 

It's important to know that in these moments that you are reacting, your thinking mind is disengaged. This is proven science. You're at the mercy of your number one primal response until the threat subsides. Your body takes over, and all your actions are reactions. They are delayed actions to something that has already happened that you can't change.

The opposite of all that struggle is Control, where everything is done in advance. It starts with Focus Control. With Focus Control you are following a pattern that puts your eyes and your attention where they need to be next, so you can then match the right speed, position, movements, and gear to the right parts of the trail BEFORE you ride them.

What's the great thing about Focus Control? 

You know what you need to think, to keep your focus on what will give you more control, rather than what puts you out of control. Your fears quickly disappear because you're not satisfying them anymore. You're too busy following a pattern that guarantees great control and skill!

You can imagine what that does for your confidence!
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