What are you thinking while riding?

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7/14/2017 3:54 AM

I was riding around the other day and while I was focusing on the track and technique etc I found myself thinking about completely unrelated and random things. I didn't really realise it until I stopped up at the car afterwards and gave me something to laugh about.

I was out yesterday again on a different track and wasn't thinking about anything other than the track itself and doing everything I could to go faster but it still got me thinking about what goes through other peoples heads while they are riding.

Are you completely focused on the track and technique or does your mind wander to other things in life? If so what do you think about and do you think it affects your speed and development?

This could either get a lot of interesting answers or a lot of "wth is he talking about" haha

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7/14/2017 4:04 AM

Hahaha I know the feeling. I've been at the track and making lap after lap totally unfocused and thinking about work, food, booze, or whatever random thing that's in my head at the moment.
I usually stop when I realize wtf I'm up to..... laughing

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KX125

7/14/2017 4:29 AM

I start with thinking about the track and usually end up singing some random song I have no idea what made me think of. Usually also when I ride my best which is weird, never notice until I'm riding really good and notice I've been singing

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7/14/2017 4:33 AM

It could be the subconscious way of relaxing you, if you're a nervous rider. Or on the flip side, you could just be way over relaxed..lol
I don't wander at all while riding, there's way too much going on for that.

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

7/14/2017 4:35 AM

Braaaaappp bbrraaaaaappp bbbrraaaaappp braap brap brrraaaapppp

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7/14/2017 4:36 AM

And then sometimes 'oh shit'

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7/14/2017 4:41 AM

That means its time to go faster.

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7/14/2017 4:48 AM

Wondering why a kid on a 65 is beating me on my 450

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7/14/2017 4:50 AM

Race and rallye drivers have it as well. I recall reading an article about a rallye car driver in which he said, that he sometimes catches himself enjoying the views while going insanely fast, and it's usually the fastest he's been all day on that particular part of the track. It's a good thing, means that you let your instincts do the riding, instead of overthinking stuff.

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7/14/2017 5:01 AM

I TRY to think, "look ahead, look where I want to go, DON'T look at that tree/rock/etc." but mostly, "where is the checkered flag, I don't want to do another lap!" This is during our 2 hr hare scramble races....

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2019 KTM 350 XC-F
Daytona Dirt Riders (DDR)
Floridatrailriders.org (FTR)

7/14/2017 5:01 AM

Riding moto I usually don't have that problem unless I'm in the lead and then I wonder when the stupid white flag is coming out...when snowmobiling I often catch myself thinking about other things and then tell my self to pay attention!

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7/14/2017 5:17 AM

That's when your in the zone, when racing or just riding for fun you shouldn't be planing and calculating every move threats for practice. Many top level racers have expounded on this, I recall a interview with Nicky Hayden on this that was classic Nicky, I'll look it up.

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7/14/2017 5:44 AM

"HOLY SHIT I almost ate shit right there"

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Race Bike: 2018 KTM 350SXF

Other Bikes: 1985 CR80R, 1990 CR250R, 1998 PW80, Specialized Fuse Comp 29.

Sold: 2016 YZ250F, 2012 CRF250R

7/14/2017 6:06 AM

I dont think at all. Just do.

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2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

7/14/2017 6:07 AM

When we had my daughter 3 years ago. For the whole year after I would catch myself playing the stupid Elmo and baby show songs n shit in my head when I was riding. Fak laughing

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7/14/2017 6:08 AM

coastlinecascot wrote:

Wondering why a kid on a 65 is beating me on my 450

Hahahahaha same here.

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7/14/2017 6:17 AM

Man, I'm just thinking about not breaking my neck. I do think about breathing and technique, but that's about it. One time Mike Alessi went around me in a sand corner at NFMX, and all I could think about for about two hours was how a human being could go that fast on a dirt scooter. He did not shut off at all and absolutely buried me in roost.

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7/14/2017 6:32 AM

Flip109 wrote:

When we had my daughter 3 years ago. For the whole year after I would catch myself playing the stupid Elmo and baby show songs n shit in my head when I was riding. Fak laughing

Haha brilliant mate! As a few people have said it generally seems to coincide with riding well and just being relaxed but that sure must be good catching yourself on to singing those tunes! grin

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7/14/2017 6:34 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2017 6:35 AM

I probably think about everything other than what I should be thinking about grin It's weird how much the mind wanders even in situations where you are concentrating. I always get random songs stuck in my head when I'm riding

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7/14/2017 6:37 AM


Towards the end of the video (I think), Zach Osborne talks about the random things he thinks
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7/14/2017 6:39 AM

I've had a rule for years - when my mind drifts from the task at hand (racing my dirt bike) I pull off and re-group.
Shit happens more often with lack of focusunsure whistling

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Germany 1975 250 CZ Centerport, laydown shocks, mikuni with reed valve, Marzocchi forks with me as the motopilot

7/14/2017 6:41 AM

Riding is the only thing I can do that my brain is totally turned off from wandering. When I ride it is totally focused on riding!

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7/14/2017 6:50 AM

When I'm riding my thoughts are only on what I'm doing. I think that's why so many of us love it - on the track all the bullshit in our lives goes away and we can just ride.

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7/14/2017 6:55 AM

not crashing

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SHORTER OF BREATH
ONE DAY CLOSER TO DEATH

7/14/2017 7:03 AM

Quit thinking and riding like this:

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and start thinking and riding like this, instant forearm fix smile

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7/14/2017 7:13 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/14/2017 7:14 AM

almost died there.
man i love passing 450s on my roached out 2 stroke.
my suspension sucks.
almost died again.
i must have been out here for 20 minutes by now...nope 7 minutes
i'm outta shape
almost died again, time to pull off.
beer

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7/14/2017 7:14 AM

I think about titties

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7/14/2017 7:14 AM

I'm usually wondering why I'm still fast but my bikes not? LOL,

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7/14/2017 7:25 AM

I think about the man above.

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step derp, step step derp - my signature dance move

7/14/2017 7:26 AM

And by the man above I mean the man who lives above me in my apt. building. He's always stomping across the floor, making a bunch of noise late at night, annoying,

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step derp, step step derp - my signature dance move