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Do you Zone?(6 posts)

Do you Zone?MXL02
Jun 25, 2003 11:07 AM
While I was riding my usual 42 miler on Sunday, I had several instances occur, where I would just focus on techniques and riding hard, without really looking at the dials or gauges, just focusing on my spin, keeping my head down, etc, and I entered this kind of zone, where I was not really aware of my physical was just sort of happening...this went on for about 5-10 minutes, and when I came to, I realized that I was spinning at 95-110, and my speed was 22-24 mph. My heart rate was about 171 (max 189)...basically I was pretty much going full bore but it didn't feel like it til I came to and looked at the dials. I only slowed down when I saw the numbers...

I'm sure this happens to everyone, but haven't seen it discussed much here...any interesting thoughts or observations?
"All the's the only way to fly"...nmeschelon
Jun 25, 2003 11:51 AM
So that explains your posts.....nmMXL02
Jun 25, 2003 12:16 PM
Haven't you memorized the lines from the Matrix? nmeschelon
Jun 25, 2003 12:38 PM
re: Do you Zone?dave woof
Jun 25, 2003 3:46 PM
I used to.

I'd be doing hills or something and (don't laugh) my bike would sort of become an extension of my body.. It's like the bike didn't exist and I was flying above the ground. Definite zone time I think.

I think it's sort of like runners high. The chemicals the body produces are doing something wonderful to the brain. I like it :-)

re: Do you Zone?James OCLV
Jun 26, 2003 7:15 AM
I read a book by Dr. Herbert Benson that describes your experience. the book is called "The Break-Out Principle". Basically, Benson argues that the "zone" is elicited by what he calls "The Relaxation Response", in which a chemical called Nitric Oxide is released in the brain. He writes that you can turn the "zone" off and on by figuring out what your trigger is, and this "zone" is the key to peak performance. Pretty interesting stuff.