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What is 'Flow' in mountain biking, and why is it EVERYTHING.

How do we define a person in Flow State?

A person in a flow state is someone who is completely absorbed in an activity, to the point where they lose track of time and their sense of self. Flow is a psychological state characterised by a high level of enjoyment, engagement, and a feeling of being "in the zone." In a flow state, a person is fully focused on the task at hand, and their attention is not easily distracted by external stimuli. They feel a sense of control over their performance, and the activity they are engaged in feels effortless and enjoyable.

How to Achieve Flow State on Your Mountain Bike?

In regards to mountain biking, achieving a flow state can involve several steps:

  1. Setting a clear intention: Before hitting the trails, set a clear intention or goal for your ride, such as improving your technique, trying a new trail, or pushing yourself to ride faster.

  2. Focusing on the present moment: As you ride, focus your attention on the present moment and stay focused on the task at hand. Avoid distractions like your phone or thoughts about other things.

  3. Engaging all of your senses: Mountain biking involves a lot of sensory stimulation, so use your senses to become fully immersed in the experience. Pay attention to the way your bike feels as you ride, the sounds of nature around you, and the sensations of wind and sun on your skin.

  4. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone: Flow state is often achieved when we are engaged in activities that are challenging but not too difficult. By pushing yourself to tackle a difficult trail or try a new skill, you can create the optimal conditions for flow to occur.

  5. Practicing mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of being present and aware in the moment. By bringing mindfulness to your mountain biking experience, you can increase your focus, reduce stress, and enhance your overall enjoyment of the ride.

Remember, flow state is a highly individual experience and what works for one person may not work for another. Keep experimenting and find what helps you achieve a flow state while mountain biking.

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