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"Magic" Rides - Who's had 'em...and what causes 'em?(14 posts)

"Magic" Rides - Who's had 'em...and what causes 'em?MikeC
Jul 9, 2001 7:11 AM
I ride the same route solo five or six mornings every week, and have done so for a long time. My total time is consistent within 90 seconds every day, no matter what the weather, etc., is, and I average around 20.4 mph. So this morning I suddenly beat my best-ever time by two minutes, averaging 23.5 mph! It doesn't make sense. There's no weird wind, I double-checked my timer, and I don't keep EPO around the house. I know that I CAN'T ride that fast, but it happened anyway (I did notice that I spent almost the entire ride in the big ring).
Does this sometimes happen to you? Any ideas why?
a couple thoughts...Mabero
Jul 9, 2001 7:55 AM
Obviously you must have put crack into your morning coffee thinking it was sugar!

No seriously...sometimes you just have a break through day...think about what you did a week to ten days ago and that will factor into your over physical platform today.

Have you been riding a difference route lately and just returned to that one?

Either way...good freaking job!
re: "Magic" Rides - Who's had 'em...and what causes 'em?DINOSAUR
Jul 9, 2001 9:59 AM
Dunno, that's why I keep on riding. I never know what to expect. Somedays are remarkably easy and on other days I suck miserably. Consistancy is probably one of the reasons that separates us mere motals from the pros. I know that for each bad ride that I have is usually followed by a good one, and vice versa. No pain and no gain has a lot of truth. If every ride was the same, it would get pretty damned boring after awhile. Savor the good rides, and keep a journal and try to find out what makes you tick might be helpful.
I don't really believe this, but...cory
Jul 9, 2001 10:07 AM
I was a runner for years before my knees went away. Same thing used to happen--I'd run the same courses day after day, and occasionally, for no obvious reason, I'd go much faster and feel much better than my average (doesn't happen on the bike very often, probably because I'm older and don't train as hard as I used to).
I suspect a combination of factors that just randomly come together--maybe a little more rest than usual, feeling good emotionally, good nutrition the previous couple of days; who knows?
A weird thing, though: Long after I'd quit running, somebody gave me a biorhythm calculator, supposed to calculate your physical, intellectual and some other cycle. I was cleaning out a desk one day and, for fun, plotted my supposed biorhythms against my "magic" runs in my training log from years before, when I hadn't even heard of biorhythms. There wasn't a straight correlation, but I never had a good run when I was supposedly on a "down" physical cycle, and almost all the notable ones came when I was at a high point in two or all three of the cycles.
I have no idea what that means, and I don't really believe it. But there it is.
I don't really believe this, but...jschrotz
Jul 9, 2001 11:00 AM
Those magic rides are the ones we all live and ride for. For me, those rides usually only occur when I've reached a peak in my conditioning, making all the hard training well worth it. Those are the days when everything feels easy, and you can push faster and faster without the usual accompanying pain and agony. Nothing feels better (well almost nothing). The real trick is holding onto that form for more than a couple of days.
now that's interestingMabero
Jul 9, 2001 11:29 AM
What is biorhythms exactly though? What do you do to calculate it's data?
online biorhythm calculatorsHaiku d'état
Jul 9, 2001 11:41 AM

I HAD to check it out...MikeC
Jul 9, 2001 1:16 PM
Unfortunately, my "magic" ride happened when my physical rhythm was exactly at the mid-point (0%), my emotional rhythm was MINUS 98%, my intuition was +20%, and my intellect was +30%. Hey, maybe I just ride better when I'm an emotional wreck!
What, no biorythm Haiku? (nm)mike mcmahon
Jul 9, 2001 11:23 PM
Magic rides and energy-less ridesPaulCL
Jul 9, 2001 12:34 PM
I don't know what causes magic rides, but I usually don't know I've had one 'til its' over. I believe that sometimes the weather and nutrition and attitude and rest and every other factor just all hit at a high point. My best recollection of one of those rides is a Saturday morning a few years ago. Out for a 30-35 miler, knowing that when I got home, my wife's family was "moving in" for a visit. So I extended the ride a little bit. Best 70 miler I ever did!

On the other hand, ever had one of those days when you should ride well, but you just can't get it going?? I had one Sunday. Hot day, but should've had lots of energy. Neither me or my partner were riding well, so we bagged it after just 36 miles....
Magic rides and energy-less ridesDINOSAUR
Jul 9, 2001 6:34 PM
Weather is a big factor. I went for a late ride yesterday afternoon around 3:00PM in 97 degree heat. I planned for a short 2 hr ride and I had consumed a whole 21 oz water bottle within the first hour, and I was working on the second one. It was hot and I was sweating like a pig. Bad time for a ride due to the lack of shade. One part of my return ride is a 2.8 mile descent on a 7% grade that runs straight as an arrow and parallels the freeway. Lots of shade from the bordering ponderosa pines and the temp must have dropped 15 degrees. I was cooled off immediately, and the rush of the speed from the descent got the old adrenaline pumping. I thought "life doesn't get any better than this". It was like riding out of a page of National Geographic. I was shouting like an 8 year old kid, I doubted anyone heard me, but I really didn't care if anyone did. Moments like that give me reasons to ride. Five minutes later I was humping a hill, sweating like a pig again. Savior the moment, life is short, it's the little things that give us pleasure....
here's a photo from one of my most magical rides with my homie.MagicLaD
Jul 9, 2001 2:26 PM
Just cruisin'...Me and E.
Every ride is a magic ride!!Largo
Jul 9, 2001 9:32 PM
Even if i am having an off day, i just think about all the folks out there who may have some disability, or a chronic/terminal illness who would give it all to have even one "off" day, and i just feel so damn lucky.
Have a good one.
I had one going just the other dayLitespeed rider
Jul 10, 2001 7:32 AM
on a narrow, twisty road, but some arrogant prick on a Look 271 blew by my up a hill and ruined it