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What to do when you have a bad week??(23 posts)

What to do when you have a bad week??DoctorNurse
Sep 7, 2001 6:01 AM
The weather is great, I have the legs, my nutrition and hydration is good, and my rides have been just horrible this week....Poor gearing choices on unfamilliar hills, heavy traffic every time I try to go out, several flats, and a general feeling that I just was not the fast, sleek, efficient man/machine I aspire to be....Very frustrating....What do you folks do when the rides just don't come together like they normally do?? Has anyone else hit a riding funk lately? Any insight would be really helpful...Thanks!

re: What to do when you have a bad week??Lone Gunman
Sep 7, 2001 6:19 AM
It sounds as though you need to break a routine of riding the same speed or manner or route all the time. Long slow rides mixed in with fast or hilly rides. You string several good performances or weeks together and your body and mind think they ALL should be like this. And when you have a few off days, "I'm in a funk, what do I do?" Some people go to the trails instead of the roads, I slow everything down and go long.
re: What to do when you have a bad week??godot
Sep 7, 2001 6:28 AM
sounds like me last week. my suggestions would be to take a couple of days off. relax, don't even think about riding. then fix the flats, clean up the bike, and go for ride without caring about distance or pace just enjoy it (i took the computer off about 2 miles into my ride), take some time to look around and just enjoy being on a bike. don't know why, but it does wonders for clearing the head, i'm going to start making a point of doing this on a somewhat regular basis.

good luck...
re: What to do when you have a bad week??scottfree
Sep 7, 2001 6:29 AM
The doctor prescribes three days rest. Not two, not four, three.
The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch?!Tig
Sep 7, 2001 3:18 PM
...five is right out!
Don't worry about it. Get on with life.MB1
Sep 7, 2001 6:34 AM
You have already included cycling in your lifestyle. It is not like you are going to quit riding because you have a bad week. Next week might be the most enjoyable week you have ever had, wouldn't want to ruin it by worrying about this week.
Pizza cures everything ...Humma Hah
Sep 7, 2001 7:03 AM
... or so I was once told.

Look back over the years. Good rides are very nice while you're doing them, but the bad ones are often the most memorable, the ones we remember as epics. They may not be fun while they're happening, but often they're remembered with the greatest pride.
Trying to say something about tomorrow? nmMB1
Sep 7, 2001 7:13 AM
Might be an epic after all ...Humma Hah
Sep 7, 2001 7:19 AM
... If I just set out to ride that route solo, as prepared as I am, it might well turn out to be a nice, long ride, not an epic. But there's always the possibility of an un-planned-for twist that raises the bar.

And bringing Miss M along might be just that. Three ways this could go.

1. I try to keep up with her and die at 20 miles.

2. She slows down and I feel embarrassed to be holding up the show.

3. I clip the cue sheet to the bars and hope to catch up with you two when you take breaks.

Maybe both of us will need pizza after the ride?
I bet we could find some good BBQ out there. nmMB1
Sep 7, 2001 7:29 AM
Sep 7, 2001 7:23 AM
With my foot injury, but still not wanting to lose fitness completely, I decided to just go for a long, easy, wandering ride last weekend. Just started riding, and went to some places I'd never been before. Ended up doing 104 miles in 7 hours, and had a blast. Never even got out of breath. Good for the soul.

Right you are.MB1
Sep 7, 2001 7:33 AM
I got really refreshed a couple of weeks ago when we started to do dumb rides off road.

"I wonder where that road goes, lets do it?" Will improve your outlook in a hurry.
You're gonna make me say this???Spinchick
Sep 7, 2001 7:51 AM
One word: llama
Let sleeping llamas lie. nmMB1
Sep 7, 2001 8:07 AM
Yes, well I knew it would have to end some time...nmSpinchick
Sep 7, 2001 8:10 AM
Do they make a good BBQ? (nm)Humma Hah
Sep 7, 2001 8:14 AM
Llama-Q? nmSpinchick
Sep 7, 2001 8:16 AM
Everybody agrees--let me add one more weird thingRetro
Sep 7, 2001 7:52 AM
I agree that you just forget about it and do something different for awhile (easy for me to say; I'm not racing, so I can lose a few days). It will come back.
Let me add a weird thing, though: A while ago somebody gave me a biorhythm calculator, supposed to figure your physical, intellectual and emotional cycles based on your date of birth. You can find an online version if you search for "biorhythm calculator." For fun, I cranked in my age LAST YEAR, then checked the cycles against some exceptionally good and bad days in my training log.
There wasn't a straight correlation, but surprisingly often, when I went really fast or felt good, it was at a high point in my supposed cycle, and when I dropped out early or felt bad, it was at a low one. Hasn't changed the way I do anything, but it was interesting.
They are real, tho' not that precise ...Humma Hah
Sep 7, 2001 8:19 AM
... Women's big biorhythm is obvious, however men also have a roughtly 28-day cycle with less pronounced symptoms. These are notoriously variable in length. Often overlooked are our daily biorhythms. Several other cycles exist, so this is not myth, but you can't predict them from birthdate.

I show one other definite factor: heat. I'm faster in the spring and fall, and during the summer I'm faster when it happens to be cool. The difference is usually about 1 mph, but gets more pronounced when the heat is really high.
I had a bad week...DINOSAUR
Sep 7, 2001 7:57 AM
I did have a very bad week last week. I managed to ride one day. I had some type of weird flu bug that kept me down. I think I might have inhaled some bad smoke due the forest fire that was up in my area. On the goodside I dropped some weight. The bug just didn't seem to go away so I just mounted my bike and went for a ride. I felt great, I noticed the weight loss on my climbs. They say you should take two, two week breaks off of your bike within a year, not all at once. Your body needs time to rest, and you need a break away from the sport.
I sort of view cycling as a life style, it's just something that I do. It all started when I decided to get back in shape after I retired, but it has gone on to something else.
Winter is approaching, temperatures are dropping, the leaves and acorns are dropping like crazy from my trees. No more rides in triple digits and packing two water bottles. Time to think about what I'm going to do when the rain hits. Think I'll do some cross training on my Concept II Rowing Machine this year.
re: What to do when you have a bad week??azdave
Sep 7, 2001 8:15 AM
That was today for me. I was feeling a little lethargic when I woke up, and I just haven’t felt motivated this week. So I decided that I would take it easy on my ride this morning, and I took the heart rate monitor off of my bike. While filling my tires, I found that one had deflated to about 20 psi overnight. Too lazy to check it, I took off on my ride. I made it about a minute from my house before I flatted (on the tire that hadn't lost the air overnight). Since I was so close to home and I was still feeling lazy, I headed back home to swap my training wheels with my Vector Pros instead of fixing the flat. Back out on my ride, I picked up another flat after 10 miles on my second set of wheels.

So there I stood on the side of the road changing out tubes, and I was feeling pretty depressed. While I got my new tube out, I noticed some construction workers at work in a field across the way (I ride on the outskirts of town where there is a bunch of new home construction going on, and that probably contributes to my high rate of flats). I realized that I was out doing what I loved, and that I ride to get away from work and all of the other stress in my life. I realized that I have been taking bicycling for granted recently, and I was letting little inconviences like flat tires and feeling lethargic keep me from remembering all of the good things that cycling has brought me. Suddenly fixing a flat tire didn't seem like such a chore, and I took a few moments to enjoy the crisp morning air and sun rising slowing into the sky.

I guess it sounds corny, but my point is that you need to remember why you cycle. No one is forcing you to go out riding, so if you don’t feel like cycling today, don’t. Take a day or two off. Don’t turn cycling into another source of stress in your life, and remember that you cycle to make your life better, not worse.
Good point...DINOSAUR
Sep 7, 2001 8:37 AM
When I had my bad crash last year I gave a lot of serious considration about not returning to the sport. I thought about what it was about cycling I enjoyed most. My answer was being outside and cycling the back country roads where I live. I took that and ran with it. Not a day goes by when I'm on a ride and I don't take the time to look around and enjoy the scenery. You'd be surpised what you see if you eyes are not glued to a computer. It might be an age thing, I can't realistically hammer the way I did when I was younger. We all cycle for different reasons, I just had to find a new one...
Sep 7, 2001 10:49 AM
As usual, I have gotten a ton of great advice and perspective from you guys/girls. thanks! I think I will take a break this weekend and enjoy the impending Williams/Williams US open tennis final on tee vee, and then maybe go out and jit some myself...Again, thanks a ton prople, and have a great weekend!