Rene asks "My trainer keeps telling me to get into the zone. I've heard of this in other sports, but can it happen in riding, and if so, how do I do it?"
All athletes, including riders (yes we are athletes!) can get into the zone. It's the sensation of being able to ride your best in an effortless and automatic way. You don't have to work, think, or try hard because everything just seems to fall into place. This sensation is called your Individual Zone of Optimal Functioning - IZOF for short - and is what allows you to ride and/or compete at your peak.