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"I am afraid to jump some obstacles (jumps) because I am afraid of ruining my back rim or falling hard. What if I don't have enough speed to hit the jump to clear it and land on the frontside of the jump and fall? How do I overcome this fear inside me?
First, I would recommend to take some practice runs at the jump to see if you
feel like you have the speed. I have often done this and at the last minute
I just either jump off the lip to the side or just miss the jump altogether.
Sooner or later you have to end up going for it. You're gonna smash some
rims and fall sometimes, this just happens. If you are too afraid of
falling, this will make it harder to jump the jump. Try to put some fear
aside and just go for it. Nine times out of ten you will find out that it is
easier than you imagined. After a while, you will hardly be scared. Good
Well we are all a little scared the first time we do anything, don't let
that get to you. If you want to do anything in life you have to belive that
you can do it, that is the first step. After you know that you can do it. The
road gets easier. First off, make sure that you have a good runway, and landing area to the jump (if it is on the trails look for any rocks or loose dirt that might mess
you up). Second be sure you have the right equipment for the job (helmet, knee and shin
gaurds, elbow pads, etc.) Third try to get the right amount off speed to clear the jump (try to see if the other guys are going the same speed as you). Fourth, go for it! The thing is you never know if you can until you try, so give it a shot and I'll bet you do a lot better than you think you can. And remember, we all fall sometimes, as long as your wearing your saftey equipment you will usually come out unharmed. You gotta give it a try; you
can't do it by sitting down thinking about it, so get out there and jump.
Good Luck and don't give up.
Co is the man! If you think a lot before and during your jump and your thoughts are mostly
negative then you will be stressed and probably have a much harder time
trying to jump. It all starts with a good mental picture of what you want to
do...Remember, the glass is half full, not half emty...Positive attitude is
key. Time in the saddle is what it takes to overcome this and the more you
jump the better you will be. I suggest you spend time perfecting your jumping on smaller jumps to build
your confidence and slowly move to bigger ones. Be positive and have fun and
do not talk yourself out of doing what you really want to do by thinking of all the bad things that can happen.
The fact that you have a fear of large obstacles is very normal. The thing to do is attack some smaller ones and gradually work your way up. When your fear is reduced it's time to make the decision and do it. That is how it worked for me when I first started out in my BMX career.
Keep The Rubber Side Down,
Co, everyone has fear when their first learning to jump. You need to start
off with some small jumps. The best thing to learn on is a table top. That
way if you don't clear the jump, you don't have to worry about messing up
your back rim. Just take one thing at a time and take it at your own pace.
Always wear your protective equipment so that if something bad does happen
you'll be ok. Keep practicing.
Alright, there are two ways to confront your fear of coming up short on a
jump. The first is to really work on your "rear suspension" -- your legs and
techniques to absorb hard landings. Learn to keep your front wheel up and
your legs almost straight in mid-air. Once your back wheel begins to touch
down this will allow for maximum "travel" -- compression of the legs to absorb
the landing. The other tip I have is to go lake jumping if you have the
opportunity. This will get you accustomed to jumping off your bike in
mid-air. Once you become a safe and skilled bike ejector you can try the
gnarliest trail jumps knowing that if things go sourchops you can just ditch
the bike and land on your feet. Good luck with it and don't be afraid to go
Co, start of small and get the feeling of being in the air down to the point where it feels natural. And concentrate on your landings.
Learn how to case and absorb when you come up short. This will save both you and your bike. Then gradually go bigger and bigger.
Also, ride with guys who jump. You'll learn from them and they will push you.
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