Mojo | noun | mo·jo: a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective, successful, etc.
The often inexplicable mix of fitness, feel, and flow. Equal parts physical and mental. With it, we feel unstoppable. Without it, the road ahead can feel intimidating, frustrating and even out of reach.
Whether brought on by injury, illness, or changes to work and family commitments, athletes of all levels experience ebbs and flows with mojo. As elusive as it can feel at times, know that there are steps you can take to get it back.
Revisit an old friend.
Revisit a trail you’re familiar with, one that always leaves you feeling on top of your game. For me, it’s a trail in Bellingham I’ve been riding for years. Sections that once seemed intimidating I can now ride with ease. It’s a pleasant reminder of how much I’ve progressed through the years. It’s also scenic, stocked with fond memories, and fun—the perfect recipe for a joyful ride.
For an added challenge, create a technical focus point for a section of trail:
—Ride a flat or gently undulating, rooty section with no dabs.
—See how sharp a line you can turn around the 180-degree turns.
Allow yourself to patiently rebuild your skills and confidence and you’ll be on your way to finding your mojo again.
*Hint: Trail selection is key. Save your nemesis trail for another day; today is about freeing up mental bandwidth to focus on reconnecting with your bike.
Pay it forward.
Take someone less experienced under your wing for the day. You might be surprised how inspired you feel helping someone else find their groove, and you’ll be reminded of how much progress you’ve made over time.
*Hint: Set your student and friend up for success. Select a trail, skill set, or workout that will push them just the right amount, sending them home feeling good about the day.
End on a high note.
There are days for pushing past one’s limits and pressing on through the fatigue—that day is not today. Finding your mojo takes patience and persistence over time. Shorter, sharper sessions are encouraged while you’re getting your rhythm back. Quit while you’re ahead, celebrate the progress you made today, and get back after it tomorrow.