I bought a new bike, and it scares me.
Cyclist overcomes cycling fear using eft.
I recently bought a new bike, a Blue and White Trek 1.1 alpha.
I have only been cycling for about a year and had discovered that cycling was a great way to rehabilitate after a back injury.
I had been riding a Kona Dew, an excellent bike for many months and as my health and strength had improved I realised that I really enjoyed cycling, not just the health benefits but also the lifestyle, people that you meet and spend time with.
Getting out and back into the countryside the sounds and smells and sights of nature, over the weeks watching baby ducks grow up, beautiful sunrises and sunsets and early morning mist. Sometimes getting up in the early hours of the morning and waiting for it to get light so I could go out and play.
I was beginning to notice, as my confidence grew on the bike, that I was spending more time riding on the road instead of the canal towpaths and disused railway lines and cycle paths I had been using.
So it was time for my first road bike. I started to visit the local cycle shops, talk to other cyclists and friends, visit forums and read magazine articles. I finally settled for the trek and found my bike at John Atkins Cycles in Leamington Spa, an excellent shop if you are a keen cyclist, run by an X pro cyclist.
Well, stocked and with knowledgeable and friendly staff. When I was being fitted for the bike on a turbo trainer, this took about forty-five minutes the bike felt great by the time they had finished making adjustments.
The guys who fitted the bike at Atkins Cycles are well known for matching a customer for a bike, or more correctly matching the cycle to the customer, a big difference. Boy, was I looking forward to riding this bike?
Of course, it would be an entirely different experience from riding a sit up and beg bike, like the Kona. I realised that however, I was not prepared for the experience although looking back it was predictable, hindsight is such a beautiful thing.
As the bike would be ready in a few days, I decided to make sure that I would really enjoy it and began a process known in NLP as an “ecology check”.
This is to ensure that your subconscious mind is in agreement with your conscious decisions as often they are not in agreement, and many of our problems in life are due to this, as an experienced therapist using hypnosis, emotional freedom techniques (EFT) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
I had some great tools at my disposal and had a lot of experience helping people with sports performance and motivation.
It opened up many concerns that I had and required a great deal of personal insight and discovery and a lot of personal change. Often we can make changes fast and very easy.
This article was originally written for an EFT therapists friend explaining the process, what I did and how I did it. So they could get insights to help a client who wanted to improve.
It may also help sports people to gain personal insights as to what, sometimes we may have to do to improve. It is the kind of stuff that a good personal coach would do with you.
Its long, so is split into many pages, however you may still choose to read it as it does uncover some of the ways our mind and emotions may well affect the goals and outcomes we want, and sometimes what we have to do to reach our goals, even if they are as simple as riding a bike.
Of course, many people will read this and say bloody stupid, it is obvious what he had to do. This is true, however often we are blind to our own solutions. And are running "secondary gain" in our lives.
Part 2. Introduction to ecology check to clear some of the undergrowth that was limiting my future pleasure of riding my new bike and my fears and anxieties of cycling.
Part 3. Let's start with an ecology check.
Part 4. Looking at the list of glitches that needed to be fixed in order to enjoy cycling.
Part 5. The bike arrives. A can of worms, deeper emotional problems are uncovered.
Part 6. Get closer to any deeper or core emotional problems that often limit our lives.
Part 7. Fear of falling off a bike and being injured. EFT fixes it.
Part 8. Working with my inner child to remove negative emotions.