“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” 
― Phil Jackson

“Coaching 101: First you build the team, and then you build the torture chamber for underperformers.” 
― Jarod KintzThis Book Has No Title

Today was my first real time coaching the high school team here in Grand Junction. We hit the Lunch Loops in the evening with storms surrounding us on every side.

Coach John assigned me the two girls (both seniors but also novice riders), and Melissa came along, too. Mark caught up with us as we climbed Pet-e-kes, so we were 5.

Let me just say that the Lunch Loops trails are NOT EASY. But it did provide us with some prime coaching moments. I mostly tried to remind the girls to focus on good body position- and with that everything else would come along more easily.

We topped-out, and immediately headed down to Kids Meal for a little lighter riding where we could choose a single obstacle and work on it. Which we did, and worked out well. The girls who had felt frustrated attempting Pet found confidence by the end of practice.

The rain started as we started on Kid’s Meal, but it was light and refreshing. As we were riding up the final climb to the parking lot, though, it turned hard and heavy. Just in time.

I didn’t get a lot of pictures since my focus was on keeping my wards safe and fun, but these:

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