Apologies for the long absence from posting, its been a busy couple of month starting a new project which has totally consumed my time for writing. Let me explain, I love surfing but also I love to ride my bikes so decided to start a writing project based around well-being and mountain bikes. It's been so much fun meeting and riding with people, and the past two months have been amazing. Special thanks to the riders who have sat with me and spoken openly and honestly about their own well-being, it really means a great deal. I'm currently building a website to add a blog to keep everyone updated on the project but for now here's a little overview to explain more about the Trail Head Project.
Trail Head Project
The battle for positive mental well-being is very real and crosses all aspects of life. Whether work related, education or sport, mental health can have both detrimental and positive impacts.
Statistics tell us that in the UK, One in Four people will experience some form of mental health and the severity of the problem is increasing. But why do we still find the subject difficult to discuss and shy away from sharing our feelings? According to the statistics we all know someone that might need support, and as riders are we any different?
As individuals, unless we really start understanding, recognising the signs and begin talking, pride will often come before a fall and in Mountain Biking that hurts.
"Trail Head' is my quest to explore, and understand the tools and techniques needed to develop a positive mindset on and off the bike. Making practical and effective use of this knowledge, I want to develop my own skills on a bike, enter my first enduro competition, and share this journey. I hope 'Trail Head' will empower others to also overcome the barriers we place in front of ourselves when we are out on the trails, but also provide the tools that will compliment everyday life as well.
By recruiting professional riders, friends and industry professionals to also share their experiences of emotional pressure, and personal coping strategies; 'Trail Head' will be an easy to read, light hearted and inspiring guide to managing mental well-being for riding at the best of our abilities, whatever the level, whatever the age, wherever we ride, and be a platform to continue this valuable discussion within our riding community.
'Trail Head' will be an A5 Hard Back Book with 150 pages. Beautifully printed here in the UK, and include exceptional photography, illustrated exercises and key messages from some of the world's best riders.
To find out more about how as an individual you would like to be involved or share your story, or as a brand might be able to support this project, and what your brand will receive in return, please drop me a line through the contact page or via Instagram @trailheadproject and I provide you with further details.
As the journey develops, more information will be added to the website which is currently being built www.trailheadproject.co.uk