In late June, Charles (Wendy’s husband? Partner?) took a ton of pictures of me riding Olive so I could see how I look, see what I’m actually doing, look at what’s right and what’s wrong. It was pretty cool, but the first thing I noticed, and practically the only thing I can see, is that I’m making the same odd super-serious face in EVERY SINGLE ONE of the 146 pictures Charles took.
So now, for the past month, I’ve added “relax your face” to the 15 things I’m trying to remember to do right while I ride. It’s the least important thing, of course, so I tend to forget about it, but still. The yoga instructor I liked reminded us often that our faces were not helping us balance – there’s no need to scowl. I try to apply it to riding.
The other thing I’m getting out of these pictures is that I’m rising a little too high out of the saddle over jumps. I think. I would like to jump more to practice getting it right. Of course, it’s hard to focus on that when I’m actually flying through the air. Hence the need for practice.