Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ron Seay - Day 1 Crackpacker

     I had such a treat yesterday when I logged on and found a new video from Ron Seay with a Day 1 Journey to learning a crackpacker. This is so very cool. I need to go back to watch my day 1 video. I am glad that I have it all together and not spread out all over the place so you can see the progression. I really believe daily recording can help you see the things that you are doing.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Journey into the Crack- Consistency

Its been a very long time since I started this journey. Since I started this way back when I have learned many other tricks. Some that are considered to be more difficult that this one trick. I was talking with Tod Miller and he said. "Mark you have abandon the crackpacker" I thought about it long and hard and he was exactly correct. I would only dabble in it when I felt like going through the motions. This trick has really beat me up. But I am going to take control of it and complete this journey. My ride in ability is finally starting to show signs of being more consistence. Any other time I would happen to ride it it would only happen once in that session and there were many days that I could not ride in even once. Today I was able to ride in 4 times 3 times I was in control and starting to try and step back. I just re-watched Effraim's #9 and saw the position of his body when he steps out of crackpacker. I am going to work very hard at achieving that balance point. I have gotten this far there is no reason that I can't finish this off this year.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Journey into the Crack "The Ride In"

When I started this Journey into the Crack I was thinking "Okay I can learn this trick in a few weeks as long as I stay with it." Well after about the first year I was like WOW this trick is really beating me up. In the process of trying to learn this trick I have learned Cliffhangers. Messhia, Halfhikers and so many more tricks. This is one trick that is still on my list to check off. I never really stopped trying them just not a every single day basis. My son Caleb would constantly remind me about me my progression with this trick. He would ask me. How is your crackpacker coming along? I would always say "Very SLOW". I had many doubts that I would ever successfully ride in and out of one. I have been trying to do so for a very long time now. Well on September 10, 2010. I finally rode in from a steamroller. Something was different this day and things were clicking. As soon as I started to film I started riding in but didn't have control over my crackpacker. I studied the film briefly and noticed I was pulling back on my seat as soon as I would ride in and that would make me loop out. So I made a small adjustment and was able to succesfully ride in for the first time ever! I would love to compleate this Journey with a ride in and ride out. I keep saying to my self. If it took me 2 year to learn how to ride in. How long will it take to learn the ride out? I am going to see this trick all the way through to the end. The rest of this trick can NOT be that hard. Riding out is the hardest part of most tricks but I know as long as I don't give up I will eventually learn how to ride out of this. Thanks for taking this Journey with me.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Week 30 Journey into the Crack

This was week 30. I have been to busy to ride let alone make post and updates. I got a free moment today. I am more than ready for the ride out now. I just got to figure it out now.

Thanks for taking this Journey with me :)

Keep on Riding!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Some one TURNED on the light!?!?

During JoMoPro we played on a hill seeing who could roll down it the longest. Scott Byrd did a crackpacker all the way down until he was out of momentum. I thought I would give it a go. I made it down the straight part of the hill, I could not make the turn.
When I got home I started back further than I ever had and held it all the way to the center of the court. As I turned to the left I made it about 1/2 way and I fell out of the crackpacker.
I started in what was my normal spot and coasted a short distance and fell off as I started to turn.
All of a sudden it hit me like a TON of bricks. I can't TURN!! That's why for the past 4 or 5 months it felt like I was not making any progression at all. I would always start about the same place and expect to keep going in a circle but I alwasy fell short. The fact is that I can coast a crackpacker for as long as I have momentum in a straigh line. I really need to work on the turning portion of it now. I have consitiantly coasted over 100 feet in a crackpacker.
I am also in the process of trying to learn the ride out. I have talked with many people about this and I need to commite to learning one of them. the journey is slowly reaching a turning point...Pun Intended!

Keep on Riding!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Getting so much better!

I am at the point that I am comfortable with the rolling portion of a crackpacker. I have not started trying to learn the ride out. I have a okay ride in for now. Its now how I want to do it but I can do it from time to time. Thanks for taking this journey with me!

Keep on Riding!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Journey into the Crack Week 26!

Yes its been 26 Weeks! Wow what happens to the time. After the visit from Terry Adams. I have found new motivation. I was slowly becoming depressed trying to keep up with my progression but I kept regressing. I was loosing ground instead of making progression. At least visible progression. Now that it's light longer out side I can get to some riding more often without the added pressure of trying to get this done after work in 5 minutes. So hopefully we can get back on track and keep making steps. I have pretty good control of my glide now. I need to work on the ride in and the ride out now. That is going to be key to my success. I have been taking suggestion from many people on the ride out. I wanted to step back over but I really don't see that happening anytime soon. Maybe a little latter on in my riding. I am going to go with the swing of the frame. I think I can handle that one.

Thanks for keeping up with my progression. The Journey Gap is closing!

Keep on Riding!