A dozen subscribers joined a month-long beta test of our first MTB online Practice Jam, which started on November 12 and ended on December 11. We used the Circle.so community platform to host the jam.
This small community of riders generated 90+ posts with hundreds of comments. Participants practiced various riding skills, but I didn’t do any skills coaching. The focus was on learning how to practice better, using the Elements of MTB Practice.
I first warmed up with 5 minutes of fakies and skinnies. I then leaned against a different pole and did 10 static high manuals, getting 5 decent attemps of 10. I then did 5 butt buzzes, followed by 5 slow-speed low and short manuals. Examples of the latter:
I now have a microlearning course on sessioning that consists of 14 digital cards to help you better learn some of the essential elements in that post. The cards include short content blurbs, a poll, links to two videos, and three short quizzes.
I’ve published ten posts, starting back in early July, so you can get a good idea of what types of content the newsletter will cover. Here’s a partial screenshot of the newsletter home page:
Though I write it, the newsletter is about creating a practice community for mountain bikers worldwide. So please feel free to speak up in the comments of posts (or in replies back to me) with your reactions, questions, suggestions, and responses to others. I’m also eager to hear stories about your practice-related struggles and successes.
I plan to send the newsletter out twice weekly, but since this is launch week, I’ll send it daily. I’ve got some stuff in mind that’s different from the 10 posts I’ve published thus far.
Consider getting the Substack app to read and participate if you use a smartphone. It’s available for iOS now and Android soon. Android users can use an RSS app like Feedly in the meantime.
MTB Practice Lab is currently free and not supported by advertising. To receive the newsletter via email, consider becoming a free subscriber. At some point, I’ll ask free subscribers to support my efforts by subscribing for a low monthly or annual fee. I plan to provide some cool and engaging extras for paid subscribers. But much of the email newsletter itself will remain free.
I’m excited about this new project. I hope you check it out.