3 ways to ensure you don't lose focus on your rides


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Today's article was written for Dialled Mag
When I first got back into riding a couple of years ago I found 
a lot of my crashes were caused by small, stupid mistakes, because
I had lost focus and concentration.

To perform at your best on the bike, whether that be on the descents or
on technical climbs or traverses, you need to keep your concentration.
The minute you start to lose concentration you make silly mistakes...poor
line choices...and become reactive rather than proactive on the bike.
Here's 3 ways to ensure you keep your concentration and focus when 
on the bike : 
1. Food 
Nutrition is super important when it comes to keeping
your focus on the bike. Make sure you eat every 30ish 
minutes when you ride for anymore than 90 minutes.
When your blood sugar levels dip you'll find a real drop 
in energy, motivation and concentration levels. Staying 
well fed and keeping your blood sugar levels up is super 
important.
2. Hydration 
The brain is made from around 70% water. You need to stay hydrated to have 
full concentration. You'll have noticed yourself - when you get dehydrated 
its hard to think straight and hold a conversation...never mind ride a 
bike on tough trails! 

Drink 1+ litres of water per hour of riding (more or less depending on the 
conditions) and remember to add electrolytes. Water won't hydrate you
alone if you are sweating over a long ride.
3. Rest 
If you are planning an al day ride, factoring in a few shorts 
rests can really help keep your energy and concentration 
up.
How often you rest is largely personal...but make sure you do
factor them in. The more tired you get, the less your concentration 
is going to be. Taking short rests can help combat this 

Those 3 tips will really help keep your concentration and focus up! 

Matt Mooney