Seat time, I hear this often, but do we understand what this does? If all of our seat time is done using bad form do we benefit? Surprisingly yes, it does. Short of a bad spill, more seat time leads to confidence which allows a rider to ride more relaxed. Eventually a rider finds that level at which they feel comfortable, allowing for a flowing ride. Tension IMO, is the number one reason why a rider struggles off road, this tension comes from FEAR, or False Evidence Against Reality. Evolution has us moving at a walking pace and our vision is pretty much fixed for this pace. Too often a rider is concerned with riding the terrain that is under us, and not in front of us, leaving us tense, trying to muscle the bike through, and at a pace that makes the challenge even greater. How does a rider overcome this FEAR? Seat time is a big part of this, but how does a rider go beyond their comfort zone to become more proficient? It could be a mentor, a friend that has been riding for years that has a good set of communication skills, or it could be attending a course designed for riding these XLADV Bikes. Instructors are communicators trained at watching and providing proven tips to help enhance a riders ability.
So, quality seat time will indeed improve a riders skills. If we always ride with extreme tension are we really having a good time? How long will a rider ride if they aren't having a good time?
A good rider (IMO) is also a good mentor, helping as they can and promoting advanced training as a means to improve the level of enjoyment.