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What keeps you going?(21 posts)

What keeps you going?Raven1911
Feb 11, 2003 12:44 PM
I was on the trainer last night and was doing some anaerobic work via intervals. It kicked my butt. I have been doing this all off-season. My question to you all is when you are pushing really hard and your body wants to give up how do you keep going? What do you think about to keep you going and pushing your limits? We all know that the mind is more powerful than the body and when your body wants to shut down your mind CAN overpower it and keep it going, but how do you do it?

I tend to focus on breathing and get my mind on something else when on the trainer, like looking at my legs push the pedals. I also do a lot of visualizations skills like pretending I am in a big sprint or going for the line at a race, which seems to help time go by quicker. But when I am in a group I try to stay on the wheel of someone ahead of me as long as I can and never give up. I constantly tell myself that I can do it and that I am stronger than the other person. I often yell at myself in my head and say, "you didn't do all that off-season work for nothing" or something like that. What are your tricks?

Anger is the key!Rich_Racer
Feb 11, 2003 1:21 PM
Look at Lance - he's got so much pent up anger (or he did). I try to think of things/people/events that annoy me.

Visualisation can help too - eg. imagaine you're in a race.

Bring these two things together i.e. visualise racing someone you hate - you'll be flying!

I used to row at Oxford. We were taught to hate people from Cambridge and how to visualise racing them. It really works although in a way that I can now see was rather twisted!

So true...biknben
Feb 11, 2003 1:40 PM
Anger surpasses all pain. Unfortunately, you can't always ride pissed off.

During hard training efforts I try to think of quotes from The Quotable Cyclist or other sources. Some of them are my own. "Pain is weakness leaving the body" is one of my favorites.
I like those too!Rich_Racer
Feb 11, 2003 1:45 PM
I like those phrases too! They're like corporate motivation catchphrases for the sport/pain obsessed!

"Pain is virtual, only success is real!"
So true...AFrizzledFry
Feb 11, 2003 4:00 PM
"Pain is good. Extreme pain is extremely good."
Where can I get some of those quotes..Raven1911
Feb 11, 2003 8:16 PM
I like those quotes. Is there a place online that I can get ahold of those quotes?

re: What keeps you going?MR_GRUMPY
Feb 11, 2003 1:46 PM
Just keep telling yourself. " Pay now or pay later"
Working out on an indoor trainer is a lot like time trialing. You have to focus on the pain, and how others are hurting even more than you.
suffer now or later -- trueDougSloan
Feb 11, 2003 2:09 PM
You can suffer in training, or you can be humiliated and suffer more when racing.

Other than that, all I can see it that you have to be a little sick minded and enjoy the pain.

re: anger motivationFredrico
Feb 11, 2003 2:04 PM
Rich is right. Get mad. Refuse to wimp out. Fight the pedals.

A good steep climb always gets me into this mode. The carrot is that eventually you make it to the top. The stick is if you ease up you stop moving.

After awhile, I crave this "suffering." It's liberating. I feel alive, supremely confident that I can take it. Friends have told me this sense of power and invincibility is what attracts them to cycling. That's why the Europeans heroize their top bike racers as "gods," supermen. Fall in love with pain, ride through pain. It hurts so good!
Hammergel. nmKen of Fresno
Feb 11, 2003 2:15 PM
Visualization. . .js5280
Feb 11, 2003 3:33 PM
If I just keep on the wheel of the Colorado Cyclist babe, maybe I can get her number. . .

Fantasy is visualization right?

Just enjoying the endorphins rush is another tactic. Somethings I also will count in my head, helps keep my mind off what I'm doing. I do this for swimming, also if I count my strokes, I have an idea of my stroke efficiency. Another suggestion, it helps to change up your pace. I've noticed running that time goes faster if I run intervals vs. running a steady pace. I actually look forward to the faster pace, even if tired, to break up the monotony. On the bike, try varying your breathing. Lastly, to get my butt up to work out, I remind myself my best days are usually the days I least wanted to work out (unless I'm really sick or injured). It's true and it works!
Some music too!Rich_Racer
Feb 11, 2003 4:02 PM
I find some music would help re-attach my mind to periods of focused anger - I'm sure exactly which tunes would help for different people is totally personal but "Come With Me" (off the Godzilla soundtrack) by Puff Daddy and that guitary guy used to send me into a rage like nothing else. And it was like flicking a light switch too - as soon as I heard the first few chords, I was away! Way back back when, "Sandman" by Metallica used to do the same thing!

I agree that just fighting a hill climb can bring it on - especially if you're riding with someone else.
Beer and Cheeze-its...nmrwbadley
Feb 11, 2003 5:04 PM
weight lossbianchi boy
Feb 11, 2003 5:47 PM
My primary motivation for riding is to lose or maintain my weight. What's funny is that I weigh about the same as when I started riding again 2-1/2 years ago, despite riding about 17,000 miles over that period. My clothes do fit better and I look fitter, but can't seem to lose weight. Keeps me pedaling, though. Maybe someday.
Try not. Either do, or do not. There is no try. nmfbg111
Feb 11, 2003 5:55 PM
Do not try to resist the pain. That is impossible. Instead...fbg111
Feb 11, 2003 6:52 PM
only try and realize the truth: There is no pain.

Then you will see that it is not the pain that is holding you back, it is only yourself.

Fear and greedmass_biker
Feb 11, 2003 7:00 PM
Fear - the fear of getting dropped, shellacked etc.
Greed - the greedy aspiration of being able to put the smack to other competitors

Preach on my brother! (nm)Raven1911
Feb 11, 2003 8:20 PM
The Feeling Of Winning races, Its the Best Drug going! n/mBigLeadOutGuy
Feb 12, 2003 5:50 AM
Mine are lame...SilentBob
Feb 12, 2003 6:15 AM
1st: I think about my ex-gf. I tell myself that I am better in every way without her, including how I ride.

2nd: I watch Seinfeld whilst I'm on my trainer... dumb Ballies commercial comes on... sure enough though... it motivates me to think that others are gaining on me.

3rd: Like someone else said... "Pay now, or pay later."
Being old but feeling youngrrodrigz
Feb 12, 2003 8:13 AM
My dad once told me that being old was just accumulating all these little aches and pains that just put sand in the gears and grind out the parts. Well, that's just how it felt and cycling got rid of it. Got bless the healing pain.