Within the last couple years mental health has been a hot topic. The benefits of physical activity, connecting with nature, and the power of community have all been recognized as a vital role in our health and well-being. I like many others struggle at times, so I have reaped the benefits of getting on my bike, connecting with nature, and giving back to the community through coaching. Mental and physical health are both improved with mountain biking. Health is going to be an on going topic as I feel very strongly that we need to stay connected to maintain a high level of wellness. We are a community that thrives on each other to keep this sport going.
Scroll through the health and fitness section of your favorite mountain bike forum and you’ll see a plethora of questions about recovering from and avoiding injuries. You ride long enough, you’re bound to go down at some point. This means our physical strength has to withstand some sort of trauma. We’ll dive deeper into the important of resistance training for injury mitigation and recovery.
The complexity of our sport is not news to you. From the fancy suspension designs that ooze engineering genius to gadgets that monitor everything from our power output to heart rate variability (HRV), and modern GPS devices that are accurate to within a couple feet.
Let’s bring this full circle – Mountain biking can have a positive impact on our mental health and physical health, require us to meet a certain level of physical demand, and provide us a chance to use technology to analyze every bit of ourselves. Over our time together, we’ll explore each of these. Each one will guide us into deeper discussions that will bring on new topics. It’ll be a never ending treasure trove of opportunities for us to engage.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my passion and knowledge that I’ve acquired over the years in the mountains, bike shops, classrooms, and laboratories. – Coach Daniel Heller