David C. said it first, “The results have given me more confidence and is apparent that I am riding at a higher level than before.” Steve F. also said it,” The confidence that’s been added to my riding has been mind blowing. There are features that I used to look at and never even consider and now I tackle them head on with confidence.” When athletes are all using the same word – confidence – I started to take note.
Confidence is that intangible thing with no real way to measure it but we all know the feeling when it is present. When it is there we are able to progress faster and further in our life enhancing the human experience. So it was a bit surprising when the athletes I have been working with started reporting a higher level of confidence when out, in particular, mountain biking. In the review of The Performance Lab by Sicklines.com the idea of increased confidence received a good deal of attention. The author of the review, Toni Walbridge wrote, “These experiences continued to snowball into improved confidence and started to open up new lines on the most difficult trails I ride.”
Why is confidence increasing? Removing delay in the muscle firing creates a muscle that fires faster. This also creates a higher level of muscle recruitment. These two improvements result in better agility (improved reaction time to a sudden change in direction) and increased power. Your brain recognizes these changes creating more efficient neurological patterns . If your neurological system can respond efficiently like a Ferrari through an S turn at 60 mph than, say, a beloved 1972 VW Bug can, confidence is going to go up. As confidence goes up, naturally, so does progression. From the Sicklines.com review, “Her confidence seemed to soar and I watched as several lines that had been “in her head” were suddenly no problem. In this way, the Performance Lab seemed almost transformative for her.” Who does not want perform like a Ferrari?
I, too, have seen my confidence rise as that delay has been reduced increasing my agility. It shows up considerably in both my cornering and my jumping and is a fun feeling to say the least. Confidence and progression always are.