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What is slowing me down?(6 posts)

What is slowing me down?Jeremy
May 31, 2001 10:48 AM
I did this race yesterday for the 3rd week in a row. The first two were good, I placed well, I have beaten this one guy three times until yesterday. I usually catch him in the hills, but I couldn't climb??????????? I am usually good on hills. Instead of beating him, I was 4 paces under him with my worst time yet for the course.
I'm not sure if it was me or my bike. It seemed for the last 3 days that I have had to push harder. It is as if something is dragging, but only when I pedal. And hills, now, seem to be harder then ever. I have to stand up, or I loose speed. Please help, I'm not sure what to do. I'm almost temped to sell the bike and buy a new one.

Nitrogen in the tires and go balls out on the desent. nmblue bayou
May 31, 2001 10:56 AM
re: What is slowing me down?Haiku d'état
May 31, 2001 11:40 AM
I don't race, and don't purport to have a solution for you do race regular, so take it for what it's worth. i've been pushing hard and training since last fall (straight through the winter), and did three big rides three weekends in a row (4/28, 5/5, 5/12). didn't have ANY problem with quick recovery and keeping my standard pace/climbing in between, but on the fourth week's standard rides back home, i found myself slow and tired, not wanting to climb, and the bikes felt like lead (Pb) sleds.

I took four days off and did a slow recovery ride, then the next day i was off the front again; guess i was just tired. take a couple days off and eat some ice cream, pizza, tacos, and have a giant snickers bar or butterfinger. rent a movie ("miss congeniality" wasn't bad) and don't feel guilty about being off the bike. then, get back on and blow 'em all out of the water.
re: What is slowing me down?Moe
May 31, 2001 1:16 PM
The movie Miss congeniality sucked.
hey, Moe!Haiku d'état
May 31, 2001 1:39 PM
re: What is slowing me down?Len J
May 31, 2001 1:29 PM
Take it from an ex road racer (Runner). What you are describing are the classic symptoms of overtraining. Your body can only hold its peak so long before needing recovery. Take a few days off before getting back into easy spinning, then gradually work yourself back to race form in order to peak when you want to. Get any Running or racing training book & they will show you how to peak when you want to. You can't peak for every race & survive.

Good luck.