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Relaxation techniques - cross post from racing board(8 posts)

Relaxation techniques - cross post from racing boardnoveread
Sep 19, 2003 7:29 AM
It's the middle of September and I am in reflection mode! Even though the racing season ended in July for me, I'm still learning quite a bit from the season. One thing that is going to be a big focus for me this winter to take into next season is to RELAX! I'm one of these guys who just can't shut his freakin' mind off! Constantly thinking about this, about that, everything. At night, when I go to bed, even if I am exhausted from a great ride, it takes me at least an hour to fall asleep because my mind just keeps going and going. It has always been this way for me. However it is something I really want to address this winter because I feel it really affected my racing this year (first year of racing).

My goal is not just learn how to relax my mind when I go to bed so I can fall asleep faster, but to be able to relax my mind on race day and on the start line. One of the things my new coach is talking about with me is learning to relax at races saying "it's just a bike race," that I need that energy that I am wasting for the race.

So, I wanted to ask the board what, if any relaxation techniques you use? When do you use them? I'm riding with my coach tomorrow, and I plan on this being a major topic of our discussions, but there are a lot of very experienced and knowledgeable folks here that I would really appreciate hearing from.

Thanks!

Noveread
glennfiddich. nm.Steve_0
Sep 19, 2003 7:35 AM
My liver isn't what it used to be... nmnoveread
Sep 19, 2003 8:05 AM
After having lived in WI for 17 yrs. mine isn't either! (nm)hrv
Sep 19, 2003 9:08 AM
glenfiddich good, herb better.dzrider
Sep 19, 2003 10:27 AM
Drink guarantees I wake up to pee during the night and then I'm back where I started. Herb gave me a shot at a genuine all-nighter.
ahhh yes, valerianSteve_0
Sep 19, 2003 10:33 AM
btw - getting up to p isn't bad. Before the advent of the alarm clock, some Native American tribes would over-indulge the night before important events (battle) to ensure they wouldnt oversleep.
I have to say, valerian ...Live Steam
Sep 19, 2003 3:15 PM
really does work - at least for me. I have used it many nights when I knew sleep was going to be difficult.
re: Relaxation techniques - cross post from racing boardboyd2
Sep 19, 2003 8:29 AM
This has been a big problem over the years for me. I have trouble relaxing before a start and then tend to peg my heart rate in the first minute. "It's only a race" works well for me. I also try to stay away from other competetors before the start because you can get caught up in the buzz. I do lots of deep breathing, lay down and stretch with my eyes closed and relax. I am thinking about taking a CD player to my next event to further seal out the world. I also do all my worring about equipment and setup days before so that I don't even consider it on race day.

Probally the most relaxing start I have had lately is a Tri that I did this summer. Because it was a pool swim folks started at one minute intervals with the slowest first. I had to wait 1.5 hours to start and I felt fine. No big hype and I did not blow up at all, but the down side was it took awile to get into race mode.