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Poll: How do you deal with the pain during racing?(11 posts)

Poll: How do you deal with the pain during racing?eschelon
May 2, 2003 6:36 AM
I think I need to prep for races better...such as riding the trainer for about 40 minutes before the race, especially a crit because I think the few minutes around the track isn't doing it.

Everytime the race starts off, the first 1/3 of the race, I just want to die...I'm not kidding. Then the rest of the race, my body settles down and doesn't seem as bad anymore...feels just like a fast Wednesday group ride...not a race. Then the finish line approaches, eveyrone around me including myself starts jockeying for position...myself and couple of other dudes at the front take off from the pack for the sprint...with a heavy grunt I take off too...but here's the point of this thread: I really start screaming at the top of my lungs to gut out the massive effort for the fast sprint...I mean you can't miss me...I can't imagine child birthing being more painful than what my legs are feeling. I end up screaming all the way across the line. I've watched enough races to realize that I have never heard of anyone else screaming across the line...people probably think I'm nuts. It's the only way I can deal with the pain at the sprint...the screaming "distracts" me away from the pain...plus I remember from Karate training that screaming/shouting loudly while executing a technique increased power output/force radically and also allows you take on much more punishment while decreasing the likelihood of being hurt.
for meDougSloan
May 2, 2003 6:40 AM
I'm gonna hurt bad unless it's a flat race. I just know it. Knowing it and expecting it helps.

If you are hurting right off, you may need more warm up to get the buffers going.

It always helps me to hope that everyone else is hurting bad, too, particularly during the last 100 yards of a big climb, right when you want to die as the hot shots are accellating hard over the top.

Maybe try to hurt more in training. Some coach said something to the effect that he could not understand why some racers expect to go faster and harder in a race than they do training. So, train hard, race easy.

Doug
My problem= Starting Too Hardpitt83
May 2, 2003 6:53 AM
I get all jacked up and go out like a house of fire! I realize after about 1/4 of the race, "Hey, you're gonna be toast if you don't stop this". Of course, I struggle late in the race as a consequence. Intellectually, I know this but can't seem to stop it. Anybody help here?
Your situation reminds me of the story...eschelon
May 2, 2003 7:00 AM
about the scorpion who convinces a frog to help him across a pond...the frog figures why not...if the scorpian stings him on the back they'll both drown...then about midway across the pond, the scorpian stings the frog on the back and the frog asks the scorpian why? The scorpian says it's in his nature.

Always during a race, I find myself tensing up and breathing too heavy...on the verge of blowing up...I actually talk to myself...saying "Adam, relax...relax your breathing...relax your body." It works all the time...don't think the conversation with yourself...you have to actually say it...there's a big difference between thinking it and saying it.
Your situation reminds me of the story...noveread
May 2, 2003 7:09 AM
Yes but if you start talking out loud to yourself in the group I bet everybody would give you all the room you need to move around! Maybe I'll try that! Start muttering about broken wheels or stem or...

Noveread
The frog and scorpion might workLC
May 2, 2003 9:37 AM
So we should put frog and scorpion down the back of our jersey for the race? That might just work since we would be more worried about the critters than the pain in our legs!
a saying in racingDougSloan
May 2, 2003 9:50 AM
A saying in racing:

"Lick the other guy's plate clean before starting on your own."

Doug
Embrace the pain!brider
May 2, 2003 10:32 AM
It tells you you're alive.

I would aften quote at the start line "It is a good day to die."

Any way, remember that every one around you is hurting just as bad. If you can smile through it, like you're enjoying it, it'll REALLY psych out your competition.

And yes, karate training uses such to increase intrathoracic pressure, similar to what weight lifters do, to increase force in a short-term burst of energy (short as in a signle thrust). You don't see them carrying on a 10-second yell during any katas.

So, if it works for you, fine. I don't necessarily think it's the best method for maximum performance.
Embrace the pain!mpm32
May 2, 2003 10:55 AM
My saying is "if you're not puking, you're not racing hard enough"
Are you breathing?Ray Sachs
May 2, 2003 10:58 AM
I'm not a racer, so can't give you any specific advice, but the length of your scream seems to indicate you're not taking any breath IN during that whole final sprint. That's GOTTA hurt. I'd say allowing yourself to breath and getting some oxygen into those legs would have to help.

OTOH, if you're in there contesting the final sprint with any regularity, seems like you're doing OK. Maybe pain is just part of the game. Probably why I've never wanted to race - that and I'm naturally slow :)

-Ray
Quit screaming like a little girl and suck it up. :) nmXoc
May 4, 2003 5:42 AM