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Reassessing MTB career – interview

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Reassessing MTB profession – interview

In 2019 Colombian downhill mountain biker Marcelo Gutiérrez had all of it. At 30, the 11-time Colombian Nationwide Downhill champion was dwelling the life as one of many high execs in his sport. He travelled the world yearly, had extra free bikes than he may experience, and lived a cushty life.

From the skin trying in, all seemed effectively with Gutiérrez, however in recent times he is been combating stress and ulcerative colitis, a bowel illness. Gutiérrez got here to a realisation that the quick life wasn’t making him joyful and determined that he would take 2020 off fully. As an alternative of coaching for the following race (and the following, and the following), one thing he had been doing relentlessly since he began using elite World Cups again in 2008, he would eat good meals, loosen up and embark on new tasks.

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The primary of those tasks is a sequence of How to videos through which Gutiérrez, in 4 episodes, talks followers by way of every little thing from the right way to nook correctly to the very best mudguards out there available on the market. Gutiérrez describes it as a massively rewarding venture, and says that by way of slowing down he has allowed himself to rediscover his ardour, and power for brand spanking new endeavours – one thing which may equally apply to your life too.

Watch Gutiérrez clarify what steps you want to take to have the right experience once you exit in your MTB in an episode of How To with Marcelo Gutiérrez beneath:

What to incorporate within the good MTB guidelines?

Right here’s how taking a break helped Gutiérrez develop into happier and extra at peace, whereas nonetheless retaining his well being, health and his drive.

House is the place the center is

No matter your profession, being on the high of your sport requires quite a lot of dedication, and infrequently quite a lot of time away from residence. For Gutiérrez this meant visiting a minimum of 15 international locations a yr. Naturally, finally you want a break from that grind.

“I used to be away from residence simply as much as seven months per yr. Possibly eight. It price me rather a lot. Once I began again in 2011/12 I used to go on the highway 4 months in a row. I used to adore it as a result of it was all new: new life-style, new locations. However I by no means got here residence, I might simply preserve going. However yr after yr, you do miss your home, your folks.”

Now life is extra relaxed Gutiérrez can take pleasure in his environment a bit extra

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Train has develop into enjoyable once more

The coaching regime for racing World Cups was fairly intense. Speaking about what he used to do every day, Gutiérrez says he very a lot put the ‘work’ in exercise. Today, he says, his train regime is way more gratifying.

“Earlier than taking day trip, a typical day in my life concerned waking up early, then going to the health club for about two hours. Proper after that, I’d both do a dash or technical coaching, like going to the parking zone and doing quite a lot of bunny hops, wheelies and drifting. I’d usually do two a number of coaching per day, generally three. It was actually helpful, however boring. At first I used to take pleasure in day by day, however then it felt like going to the workplace. You want ardour to have the ability to carry out.

“Today, I would not even name them ‘exercises’. I ended figuring out. I experience my bike. That’s an entire completely different factor. Earlier than it was ‘work’, now I simply go for a experience and do what I need to do. If I really feel good and my legs are good, I’ll push. If I’m drained, I’ll take it simple. If I’m going out to do 5 laps and really feel drained within the center, I’ll cease.”

Using a motorcycle has develop into enjoyable once more fairly than turning into a chore

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There’s extra time to attempt new issues

The life-style of a biking professional isn’t with out its advantages. For Gutiérrez, this got here within the type of free bikes, and the chance to find new locations, new cuisines and expertise completely different cultures. He now has much more time than ever to discover, and naturally eat what he likes.

“Discovering new locations was my favorite a part of travelling. And I’m an enormous foodie. That was the very best half, having fun with all these little issues. I do must take care of my meals a bit extra now, as a result of if I eat how I used to eat I’m positive I might achieve weight immediately. Some days I even eat greater than earlier than although, as a result of one thing I actually take pleasure in doing now, and missed earlier than, is highway using. So in the event you’re out for 4, 5, six hours, you do must eat rather a lot to get well.”

Taking issues slowly has introduced life/work steadiness

The profit to taking break day, in fact, is having all of this free time to attempt new issues. The worldwide well being scenario and lockdowns imposed by it has pressured Gutiérrez to go even slower.

“Final yr was so exhausting that it was simple for me to take break day this yr. That mentioned, I’m such a tough employee and I wrestle to cease, however quarantine made me decelerate, spend time at residence, do yoga, spend time with my girlfriend Valentina, prepare dinner good meals. I realised, ‘Man, that is it, that is what I need.’ I’m actually grateful life gave me that likelihood.

“There’s a Spanish expression that interprets as ‘When there’s rush there’s nothing left however fatigue’. It’s so true. It implies that life is about slowing down and once you’re speeding you don’t benefit from the little issues which can be a part of life, all you get is exhausted.”

A watching temporary on the 2020 Crimson Bull Monserrate Cerro Abajo race

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New avenues have opened up professionally

Slowing down led to some self-reflection and, by way of that, Gutiérrez determined what he needed to do subsequent: a venture to present again to his followers, and rejoice his residence nation.

“Final yr I felt so decided after I determined to take a break. I made a decision this was a cool likelihood to share what I do know with my followers. For therefore a few years I attempted to achieve, now I need to give again by way of a How To video sequence.

“I needed to point out folks what biking actually is. There’s a small area of interest that comply with racing, however there are such a lot of extra individuals who take pleasure in using bikes with out essentially following racing. The video sequence was a approach to communicate to these folks too. Additionally, I’m a extremely proud Colombian, so I needed to share who I’m and what I really like, my origins and my folks.”

The Learn how to Sequence has been extremely enjoyable to do

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This new life is simply as fulfilling as racing

Gutiérrez is used to the adoration of his followers, in fact. However he says there’s a distinction between successful competitions and getting suggestions on his video sequence. Surprisingly, he finds much more pleasure within the response to his movies.

“Individuals have been actually grateful concerning the video venture and provided a number of constructive suggestions. In comparison with the suggestions I used to be getting after I was successful races, I really feel like that is extra human. It’s simple to rejoice the winner and cheer for them. However when you’re your self, only a particular person speaking to them nose to nose in a video, they usually take pleasure in that – that’s extra invaluable suggestions than simply successful a race.”

Gutiérrez’s final World Cup race was at Snowshoe again in September 2019

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True happiness has been discovered

Any profession pivot could be dangerous, in fact, however Gutiérrez wouldn’t change a factor. Today, his time is his personal; he’s in a position to spend extra time together with his accomplice, and he’s in a position to work together immediately with followers – all of which has modified his life for the higher.

“I realised I’d a lot fairly spend the time making an attempt to do what I really feel like doing, which is what I’m doing this yr. I’m a happier man, a a lot freer man!”


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