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racing is haaarrrddd(6 posts)

racing is haaarrrdddpeloton
Jun 14, 2001 10:37 PM
Damn I went slow in my first race of the season! Racing is great, but it's frustrating. My body fat percentage is down 2.5 percent, but I'm up a couple of pounds. Too much time at the gym maybe. Didn't feel good at all today, heavy legs, woke up with a sore throat and cough. I have to get it together here!

I don't know what is stronger... the aggravation of a poor performance, or the will to come out flying next week? Anyone else relate?
re: racing is haaarrrdddSteel Fan
Jun 14, 2001 11:10 PM
My trick to avoid heavy legs? Never ride two days before a race. Take it off completely. The day before, go out for 1-2 hours. Spin a lot. Throw in a few hard efforts to get your legs used to race intensity. After the hard efforts, spin a ton. This never fails to gets me to the line with legs that are "open".

As far as the will to come out flying - I think that if taking every fourth week off helps a ton. You get antsy doing small ring "zero resistance" rides. And then you get psyched about the week after.
re: racing is haaarrrdddpeloton
Jun 14, 2001 11:25 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'm pretty into training. I've been involved with sports my entire life, and am currently in grad school studying sport sci and kinesiology. I have to admit that my cycling specific training to this part of the year has basically been getting miles under my belt. I ease into things to make my knees happy, and have only started going hard a couple of weeks ago. The old school racing one's self into shape philosophy I guess.

I posted more with the thought of the mental process of racing. Why do we do it? Why is it fun? What motivates us? How do we handle the ups and downs? I think anyone who has done even a little racing understands that there is a cerain mindset that comes with the territory. It's funny how it only takes one race to start to feel this again when one hasn't been thinking that way in a while.

BTW- Great performance by Vaughters today in the Dauphine's TT. Puts him right in second overall behind Millar. He's right in there. I hope his form comes together for the Tour, and he has enought luck to finish this year too.
Jun 15, 2001 9:12 AM
are you eating ANYTHING? That's really low...unhealthily low if you are really at that percentage of body fat.
Jun 15, 2001 9:25 AM
No, I'm not at 2.5%. I'm down 2.5% from the beginning of the summer. I wouldn't want to be at any percentage under 5% with the inherent health risks that come with such low percentages. Wouldn't mind getting under 10% though, just a little more.

BTW- WHo doesn't love to eat? I think a large portion of the reason that I cycle as much as I do is so that I can eat like a human. :)
that makes senseColnagoFE
Jun 15, 2001 2:27 PM
i think lance only was around 4-5% body fat and he looked like a skeleton at that.