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Reversing the hold of a 200,000 year old habit
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Is the ability to know exactly how to adapt to what’s coming next important? 

Ask yourself that next time you make even the smallest mistake or misjudgement. Here’s the hard truth: The trail ahead is always changing – and your ability to be in control in advance, instead of reacting, is the greatest skill you can have. Understanding and developing this skill will kick-start a revolution of constant and ever-increasing skill and success in your mountain biking.

This ability to be in control in advance is far more than just great ‘bike handling’ skill, though. It is the skill to have control over every aspect of your mountain biking, including control over your state of mind and fears, control over your timing of what to do when, control over a hidden physical state that gives you more efficiency and pedal power, and much more.  
the FIVE powerful control skills
We need five Control Skills to have that great ability to ride in control in advance – Focus, Speed, Position, Gear, and Embracability. Every trail and feature demands just those same five skills. 
As you begin to learn all five Control Skills, every aspect of your mountain biking starts improving very quickly. You automatically begin to ride every trail and feature with extraordinary skill and ease. That’s because you start adapting with control before any trail feature forces you to react in any way.

But why haven’t you heard of the five Control Skills before? And why are we driven by mountain biking techniques instead? 
the primal instinct holding us back
For those answers, let’s take a quick look inside that 200,000 year old brain that has been handed down to you. It holds the secret to all your struggles.  

Back in the caveman days our primal brain perfected the ‘fight or flight’ instinct to protect us from harm so our species could continue and not die off. The fight or flight response is a survival response of not being able to predict the future. 

When Mr Caveman was confronted by a wild beast that threatened his life, there was no time to think and plan what to do next. If he stopped to think, he would most certainly be killed. If he wanted any chance of survival he would need to act immediately. So, caveman got very good at reacting to threats with immediate action and zero thinking.  
past emotions shape our future actions
Each time this response saved lives, something very interesting happened inside caveman’s brain. His brain linked that unpredictable event, as well as the intense feelings and emotions of terror, shock, and fear he experienced, to the reaction that saved his life. From this his brain created a very powerful memory of the event.  

Then, every time he was in a similar threatening situation, felt the same emotions, and didn’t know what to do next, his brain would instantly summon that memory and he would act out the same fight or flight response he did last time to survive. Each time he reacted that way, the habit gripped him a little stronger.  
addicted to reacting
Eventually, he became so addicted to reacting with the fight or flight response that he started doing it all the time – even when his survival wasn’t under threat. Remember, our brain’s number one job is to help us survive, by removing us from harm as quickly as possible. But, I guess Mr Caveman’s brain started getting lazy. 

To the point where, whenever he felt even slightly fearful, didn’t know what to do next, or didn’t give himself time to pause and think, the ‘fight or flight’ response kicked in hard to remove him from the unpleasant situation. In confrontations with other men, sometimes he argued and fought, and sometimes he walked away. When he struggled with his axe he often swung it harder to fight the problem. Other times he threw it to the ground in disgust. 

Can you really blame him for getting addicted, though? Every time he reacted, his body shot a dose of powerful adrenaline into his bloodstream which made every event quite thrilling! 
repeating the same struggles
If you’re starting to join the dots you’d see that the more caveman relied on his fight or flight response, the more he was training his body into reacting, and unknowingly training his mind out of thinking of better solutions. 
Even today, we often argue and fight, or walk away from a confrontation, and never stop to think if there’s a better option to solve the disagreement – such as developing better communication skills. 

In other activities, such as sports, we have the fight or flight hangover, too. Often, we either keep fighting and simply ‘try harder’, or give up so we can fly away from the unpleasantness of challenge. 
Put simply, we have been genetically engineered to react to almost everything, and we have difficulty thinking of thinking. Every time we fight or flight we strengthen the habit even more, and miss the opportunity to think if there could be an alternative solution that might serve our needs better. That causes us to experience the same struggles over and over again.

So, how does all this caveman talk help you mountain bike better?
waiting for the threat to arrive
First, let's understand that mountain bikers are led by that very same fight or flight survival response. 

Sure, there are no wild animals trying to eat you, but there are repeated situations where you fear for your safety at some level, because you don’t know exactly how to ride what’s coming next. In those moments – just like our friendly caveman, we are hard-wired to react instead of think.  

If you’re not sure that’s true, think about the number of times you suddenly realised you were riding too fast and had to grab the brakes to try and get back in control. That realisation was the emotion of fear surfacing because you were experiencing some level of threat to your personal safety - even if it was just a minor threat. Instantly your body reacted and grabbed the brakes, because that’s how you reacted last time there was a similar threat.

In fact, we’re so addicted to that instinct, you could say we wait for the threat to arrive and force us to react!

The problem with riding this way is we are continually letting ourselves get out of control. We repeat this same process hundreds – if not thousands of times every ride, using our caveman programming to make the same mistakes again and again, instead of thinking if there is something we could do differently next time. 

All this does is make us struggle and severely limit our potential. Most mountain bikers never realise that. Instead, they accept the belief that all the struggle and danger is just "part of mountain biking".

But does it need to be?
re-wiring for extraordinary skill
What if, instead of constantly reacting to events that have already happened – like grabbing the brakes because you were riding too fast, or pulling on the handlebar up a climb because you were losing traction, you could be in control in advance?
What would your mountain biking look like then?

It would look completely different. You would be transformed, all because you would be thinking in advance, instead of reacting from habit.

You would flow along every trail with maximum control and skill. You would be making all the right decisions and doing all the right things at the right times. You’d never let the trail make you react again.

With those five Control Skills you would automatically become faster, safer, and highly skilled. You could also say goodbye to learning a never-ending list of complicated riding techniques, because just five Control Skills power all your thoughts and actions for every trail feature.

You already have what it takes to become that great mountain biker – it’s that incredible brain between your ears. 

You just need to teach it the five Control Skills so it has another choice, instead of reacting by default. And that's pretty simple to do. Learn how to think in control in advance on your bike, and your mountain biking fun, capability, and skill will rise to a whole different level you never knew existed.
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