Here is some more great advice from www.pedals2medals.com …..if you have never videoed yourself training then its about time you did ….read on-
The Camera Never Lies.
By Mike Day
Crazy to think that some of you are only a couple days away from heading to Las Vegas for the first national of the year. The short BMX off season flies by; it seems like yesterday we were talking about last minute training for the Grands.
Hopefully you used the holidays well, and stuck to your plan to get ready for the 2015 season, and are feeling good for the first race of the year–whether in Las Vegas or wherever you’re racing next. Looking back, I always wanted to have a good season opener, as I felt it set the tone for the year and gave me the confidence I needed for the long year ahead.
It’s easy to write about what good technique is supposed to look like— from gate starts to cornering, or even the basics of pumping, but I feel it always helps to SEE it.
So, for this week’s #WinningWednesdays, I would like you to start filming your practice and do self critiques. As we’ve covered before, this takes a bit of planning as any part of your training does, but it can help you figure out any part of the track.
If you’re at the track, find a buddy and film their gate– then switch and have them film yours, and continue throughout the track. If you’re at a national, try to find someone from your local track and have them film your practice so you can watch afterward and make adjustments. If you walk around the pits at the nationals I bet you will see at least half the Elite class watching their last lap or even watching what the competition is doing on the track. So many times you will feel like you have the track dialed then, then, in seeing it, you realize you need to change it up.
If you’re filming at the local track during practice, make sure you have a plan beforehand. Write down exactly what you’re trying to work on before you get to the track, and keep in mind what you’re trying to accomplish. The cool thing about filming is that it’s instant feedback you can watch right then and there. If you see something, you can work it immediately and view again. Lastly, be sure to think about the best filming angles, so you get the best vantage point for your videos.
If you’re racing this weekend try this during practice and see if can help you out!