The truth is that, in some point you will get tired to do the same thing day after another. You get frustrated and bored. You wanna take a next steps but you are not ready for that.
I have been talking about manuals from the very beginning I started BMX. Thinking about it I feel I have been pretty patient with my learning. Sometimes it just goes over for good. Like today. I went to track, warm up.. got top of the last turn. I have been sitting there daily for the last weeks with my bike. I look the last straight and make a deep sigh. "I don't even want to try", said the voice in my head. "I'm fed up with this" continued the other voice.
WHAT? the other voice was meant to be the incentive one. The one which always pushes you up after failing. No way, I just have to go. I start to pedal. I lift my head up and there is one kid riding the track to opposite way. I turn myself into ditch. No visible damage happened, only the last nerve fibers from my brains where destroyed. I got back to starting place. Smaller kids are doing the thing that the older showed them. Everyone is riding how they want. Totaly chaos. First time in my life I hope there would be fenced around the track. Now is school holidays so there was easily over 20 kids.
The voice in my head starts to be annoying again. I get back to my car and leave. I could do flat manuals or the manual by standing still and learning to lean back more. Is there any more ways to learn to manual?
The problem is that when I want to manual I have to remember to: get speed, lift my eyes up, pump, let the front wheel go up by the lip, lean back with upper body, PUSH MY LEGS, still have the eyes up, arms straight.. for a one second there is pretty many things to remember. Most of the time when I do the manual I'm thinking "feel the ground", or stay relaxed or push with the legs. The first one I have made up by myself, it helps me a lot. When I think that I get it, but most likely forget 2-3 other things from the list. I mean I felt the ground, I let my wheel come up, pushed my legs, but the whole time I were staring the next jump. And BOM the wheel hits the ground right where I looked, too early again.
For me it has helped me to force myself to do 3-5 manuals on one straight. When the first is not good bu the third I already remember almost everything.