KH Coaching Update Nov-Dec 2011
Finally, I’m getting a chance to do a much-needed update to finish out 2011 and to get things rolling for 2012. This year continued to be busy with the Yamaha School close to sold out all summer and my 1-1 coaching booked solid. I appreciated spending time with everyone I worked with, as I think I learned just as much, or more than you did. I saw many personal bests, podiums, wins and championships. I also saw some amazing personal accomplishments. People sticking with their plan and overcoming their own doubts, whether this sport was for them, only to have them “get it” and ride beyond their dreams. Of course, it was great to see rider’s speed pick up, but it was it was even better to see their understanding go up, as that’s what makes us faster and safer. Congratulations and thanks to all of you and for enabling me to coach you in this incredible sport.
Lots of updates to catch up on-
2012 Schedule-My 2012 schedule should be out in late December. If you are not already on my waitlist, email me ASAP to get on it, as the spots are filling up quickly. This year I introduced some half-day coaching sessions and they worked out really well, I’ll continue to do those if people request them, or if the schedule gets too packed.
AFM racers-I am looking at putting together a package where I’ll be at every 2012 AFM event coaching a number of riders throughout the weekend. I only have room for 4-5 riders for this program, so email me if you are interested and for the details.
YCRS-The Yamaha School is going great and we had a great summer, especially with the addition of World Champion Scott Russell joining us. Scott has been a blast to work with and will be with us again in 2012. The school is just starting its Fall/Winter Vegas schedule and by request, we were able to get a few Sunday-Monday schools going. We plan on having some great special guests and the Yamaha team will also be testing with us after the New Year. The school keeps getting better and better, with each of the instructors using all their years of racing and coaching experience, to make sure you meet your goals….street, trackday or racing, it doesn’t matter, we can help. Our 2012 schedule is up on our newly updated website: www.mmpschools.com
Product Reviews-I already have some new product reviews on my website, along with a few new ones coming out very soon. I’m going to post these up in video format and hope to have them up soon. I’ll have a review for:
Leo Vince’s FAST fuel management system
Tech Spec Gripster Tank Pads newest product
Dunlop Tire’s newest compounds and USA made tires
Away From The Track Seminars- I had a full class for my seminar last month at Addiction Motors in Emeryville. The class kept me on my toes with great questions and I plan on a few more over the winter with some cool extras, video review, a suspension clinic, plus maybe even a special guest…when I get the dates confirmed, I’ll send out an email.
I’ve hosted a few Away From the Track Seminars for some private groups that wanted a smaller class with a more in depth video review session, if you have a group that wants to do something like that, send me an email.
Riding Tip-We all want to get better and get better, faster. What I find is that we try to do too many things all at once, then get frustrated when none of it works. It’s fine to have a plan, we need to have a plan for every time we ride, but let’s make that plan reasonable. You aren’t going to get everything…every turn….every lap….If that were the case, Stoner, would never need to practice. What if we practiced one thing at a time, one turn at a time? Then as you make what you were working on muscle memory, bring in the next thing that is holding you back. There are times where you can work on two things during a session, but if you do, try to make them far apart. I.E. work on your trailbraking into turns 3-4, and work on sitting up on the brakes in turns 10-11..as these become more and more muscle memory, then you can incorporate them into every turn as needed. By working on one thing at a time, instead of everything all the time, you’ll be surprised how much quicker that one thing becomes muscle memory.
Riding Tip 2-Since the riding season is pretty much over, use the off-season to work on your riding a different way. While driving your car, riding your dirt bike, pedalling your bicycle…practice how you go to the brakes, practice how you let off the brakes. Unfamiliar road? Get your eyes up scanning, can you figure out entry and exit turns? Where’s your apexes? Spend 5 minutes a day working on, “What’s next”. Get your brain on being in the moment and you’ll see how well that pays off on the track.