As riders, we naturally gravitate to what we enjoy on the bike and what we are good at.
If you are great at the downhills, you’ll probably ride those as often as you possibly can.
If you are brilliant at the hill climbs, you’ll probably nail them as often as possible.
It’s human nature.
You do more of what you enjoy and what you are good at.
The flip side to this, is that we naturally avoid our weaknesses.
If we suck at the climbs, we avoid them as best we can.
If we feel really nervous and lack technique on the descents, we avoid them.
And going into the micro within this, there might be certain types of climbs you hate and avoid… say very steep, technical climbs.
There maybe certain features on the downhills you avoid. You might love the steady, sweeping descents… but panic when it gets steep. Or when there are drops you might ride round them every time.
To improve on the bike, it pays to really start focusing on improving your weaknesses!
If you are fantastic at the descents, there’s probably only marginal gains you can make on these and it will take a lot of work, a lot of time and a lot of effort to gain these improvements.
If you seriously suck at the climbs though. If you are in the bottom 2/3 of the Strava times, you can probably SERIOUSLY improve this with a lot less time and effort than it would take to get quicker on the downhills.
Within this, lets say you suck at corners. Spend an hour or two, once a week sessioning corners over and over and over. You’ll get better at corners… and this will have a DRAMATIC improvement on your riding.
Find your weak spots… and then really knuckle down to improving and strengthening them!