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It is difficult to explain this discipline since I am writing about something conceptually, but it is very easy to experience and understand in a personal conversation about your racing and goals.

Enter the mysterious and secret world of mental training! You know the stuff the factory teams do and so does “you-know-who” and it makes a huge difference. It is interesting that no matter where I travel most racers will agree that mental training is a big part of racing, if not the biggest.

Most dedicated racers follow a plan that usually includes physical training, nutrition, practice, bike testing, and maintenance. Some go further and hire physical trainers and mechanics to take their training and preparation to the next level. Yet still, the most neglected area of racing is mental training and development.


It is beyond strange that this is missing from most training programs at all levels of our sport. So much effort is spent on the physical and mechanical aspects and little to none is spent on training and developing a racer's mind and discovering their limits and intentionally developing oneself beyond those limits.

The MX Coaching Mental Program pushes those limits.


Most also agree that as you go up in class ability, the mind plays a bigger and bigger role in your results.

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The fact is mental training and development will impact every area of a complete training program.  


An example is a racer is flowing and fast with good lap times in one moto and the next moto the same rider is somewhat stiff and mechanical and the lap times are slow.  What happened? Does one's ability to ride at a fast pace disappear?  How could a racer have the ability one moto or day and not the next?  If I am able to drink a glass of water today, do I lose that ability tomorrow (outside of an injury)? 

Mental training & development happens through conversations that

inquire and create

At MX COACH we focus on the “What” as in what is it that you truly want regarding your racing. What are your goals and intentions? In my experience, most racers do not actually say what they are truly out to accomplish. Most say,

I want to get better, improve, and gain more confidence." 

This is what we call a ruse or smokescreen that a coach will hear and keep inquiring to drill up to the true intention. First we define the "What," as in what is the game we are playing. By getting crystal clear on the “What,” the “How” shows up out of a clear and committed declaration.


This is the principle and power behind our coaching and is the cornerstone of any discovery. 


In essence, you are hiring MX COACH because we know, that we do not know how to reach your goals. That may seem ridiculous and be terrible marketing, but it is our most powerful stance to coach from.


This gives you a program and coaching that is truly for you right here and right now. In which you and I (the coach) are full partners at stake (butt-on-the-line) to have the breakthroughs in performance to realize your "What". 

You do not want the formula that I used when I raced or even the formula that worked for you last year. You want to discover what will work now for the goals you have today and in the future. Not to say that we throw out the experience or wisdom that we have learned; but we do not hold onto yesterday’s formulas and beliefs and push them forward.


The biggest difference you can make in every aspect of your racing is

Think about and practice training & developing your mind

All you need to be is willing to look and discover something beyond what you already know. This is called growth.


A conversation with yourself will not produce anything beyond what you already have.


A conversation with people that agree and think just like you will probably not produce much beyond what you already have either. 

A conversation where you think you know everything is obviously limiting.  

However, not so obvious in practice as most racers with success or some level of success keep doing what has got them to the success they had in the past.  


Leaving them with doing more, better, and different than in the past. The limit with that methodology which works to bring about improvement does not give access to breakthroughs.  


Breakthrough performance is the game we play at MX Coach, simply because if given the choice between improvement and breakthroughs we play the breakthrough game!  


During the last 20-years in coaching amateurs and professional racers that is exactly what each of my students has gained access to - Breakthroughs in performance.


The pitfall of many successful racers that is they just keep doing over and over, what they know; just more and better of the same thing. I’m not saying what you know is not valuable, but I am saying being fixed on what you know as a formula and moving it forward from the past is limiting.

Joe DeGano

How many times have we seen a talented rider and said,


“If they would only get in shape they could go so far.”


“If they would only smooth out or develop better riding technique they could win.”

It is easy for us to see what is missing in others and difficult for us to see what is missing in ourselves.  Again, another facet of being human, it is difficult to see ourselves from an objective point of view. 

Joe DeGano

All you need is your humility to consider a different point of view and your willingness to try it out.


You will quickly find out why the mysterious world of mental training and development is not more popular. It is challenging and perhaps one of the most challenging things you will do in life, and this is the work that produces the results you really want!

The easy part in comparison is doing more, better, and different of what you have become accustomed to.  The most difficult part is you being willing to look at yourself and face your barriers,  and limits, and where you avoid responsibility.


This is where real courage makes the difference between having breakthrough results or just ordinary linear progress. 


What's Luck Got To Do With it? 

Think of the riders that always get great starts or are known as holeshot kings and then there are the riders that generally get okay or poor starts and come from behind.


Does one rider have a better technique or a faster bike than the other?

Or perhaps one is lucky and the other unlucky?

What about the rider that is always getting hurt and the rider that is mostly healthy and rarely misses a race?

Does one drink more milk and have a genetically superior immune system than the others?


 Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, Dylan Ferrandis come to mind – great champions in every sense of the word.

They were great starters and healthy because of their mental game first; and luck, the consumption of milk and inherited genes had nothing to do with it!


I assert these racers were 100% responsible for creating consistent holeshots and being injury free and healthy. These great champions standing in responsibility always looking within to reach their goals as opposed to looking for reasons and circumstances to excuse them from why they have not reached their goals.


This mindset of responsibility offers unlimited opportunities of discovery. The popular way instead is to pass over mishaps and failures that are rich with learnings discoveries; and dismiss them as bad luck or give a false cause to explain why performance was low. You know, like your Mom didn’t wake you up early enough to eat breakfast before your race.  





Considering a new point of view gives you access to see something you did not previously see.


This insight may give you access to see where you limit yourself. By seeing newly, you now have the possibility of taking new actions to support your goals and discontinuing the old actions that do not.


It is obvious that by reading this far you must be interested or curious about taking your race performance to breakthrough levels.  


Ultimately, it is the actions you take that have results happen. The question is, do you know the source (root or cause) of your actions, and are you crystal clear on the results you want?

The mystery of mental training is over, now it is up to you to do the work, get off your donkey and make the call to discuss what difference MX COACH can make for you and your goals!

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