Consistency pays off

To the victors go the spoils...Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that United States (who supposedly sent the “B Team”) won the Motocross Des Nations.  Although the Des Nations is scored much differently than regular races, there’s one thing that you can take away from this victory: consistency.  When Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart went 24 – 0 in the outdoors, people started to get the notion that in order to win motocross, you have to “pin it to win it!”

However, this is not the case.  Like I said earlier, the Des Nations is a perfect example of consistency.  Although USA didn’t send the fastest man on a motorcycle over there, USA was a regular in the upper standings.  They remained steady and pulled out a victory, even when people said they couldn’t do it.  This goes for any motocross race, pro or amateur.  A 2-2 beats a 1-4.  Even if you don’t win a moto, you still have a chance to get a good place.  Although James Stewart didn’t win every 2009 Supercross main, he was consistently near the front and it paid off in the long run.

This also applies to training.  If you train hard for a week and the following week you are lazy and train maybe 2 days, you will lose all of your gains.  Stick to a schedule and get it done.  You throw yourself out of rhythm and you will have a much harder time maintaining and building upon your speed, cardio and strength.  It is just like the children’s story, the tortoise and the hare.  The slower tortoise beat the faster hare because he was steady and consistent.

Congrats to Team USA on the well deserved victory!

Posted on Oct 04 2009, under Riding Techniques, Training | No Comments »

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