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mental burnout...is there any hope??(8 posts)

mental burnout...is there any hope??jayz
Aug 30, 2001 3:51 AM
this is my first year road racing..with a couple of years of mnt bike racing for fun before that.
i upgraded to cat4 knowing that i would be taking a beating...same thing with racin the "a"'s in a local training serious...

i finshed my last scheduled race 2.5 weeks ago, and got killed ...but did good in the "A" race 2 days before, so i think i was just tired. but regardless, i was pretty discouraged and bummed out.

anyways, i had planned on a week off, then start up again for cyclocross...well, its now 2.5 weeks later, and i have little to no desire to start training again. i have gone out a few times and raced at the training race last week (B's)...but both mentally and physically im not there anymore.

in the past couple weeks, i have been able to go out on the weekends, hang with friends, watch TV, eat ice cream,focus on work, etc...i think i sort of miss that "unstructured" life..

i know that eventually i will be ready again, but i was hoping that i would be ready for 'cross...

hmmmmmmm....any input??
Take a break and fall in love with just riding again ...Humma Hah
Aug 30, 2001 7:47 AM
If it ain't fun, why do it? Try some solo rides, or fun runs, don't worry about going especially fast, and just fall in love with the feeling of gliding down the road again.

Every training and racing schedule should have some of that.
Yup (nm)Jon Billheimer
Aug 30, 2001 8:17 AM
my approachDuane Gran
Aug 30, 2001 11:25 AM
I think burnout is a pretty normal feeling in this sport. I know I have felt it a few times, but I never quite feel like throwing in the towell. Personally, if I'm off the bike for a day then I go stir crazy and need to go riding.

When I do feel burn out I leave the HR monitor at home and just go do a fun ride. It works for me. If you are really burnt out then probably the hardest thing is getting started. Just tell yourself you are going for a 15 minute spin around the neighborhood and before you know it you are in the groove again.
this will helpjpl
Aug 30, 2001 11:51 AM
spend the money you would use on your next entry fee at a strip club, have a couple of beers, and get up the next morning at the crack of dawn (no, not like that... unless of course "dawn" is cute) and go for a easy ride on the most scenic route you know, just to remember why you got into cycling in the first place. see ya at the club...
Take a break, you have all winter to get the fire in the eye.Canidraftyou
Aug 30, 2001 11:09 PM
I am in the same boat. Im using the winter months to build leg strength in the gym and build cardio at the end of the winter months. I'll never stop riding, but no more intensity rides all spinning and form. Im having fun during the fall and winter, just riding.

Peace out,
OhboyohboyIhatethatcryingfornoreason...Spox
Aug 30, 2001 11:31 PM
...well, you've got what you ordered...right?...It's so simple to choose; If you are racing for fun, it's OK...but if you have burning desire to race, you give everything for it...see, when you standing on the startline and take a look at the Peloton, you can name those 10 guys you know one of them is a winner, rest 140 are just watching (they are just slalom poles)...it's a question of additude...
re: mental burnout...is there any hope??Woof the dog
Sep 2, 2001 1:03 AM
The key is to go for short rides like 15 miles....preferably around town and close to hot chix!!!! Another option would be to get on your mtn. bike and ride some trails and curbs for fun, then stop riding at all for a few weeks. Buying new wheels wouldn't bother!!! New clothes is also in demand at this time. Yes!!! I know it...you should get a lot of different cycling socks with various designs - the louder the better. Whatever you do, don't let your bike get dusty, literally!!! When you put it away, give it a good maintanance overlook. Oil the chain, check everything and put it so that you could enjoy the way it looks. Think "asthetically." When the time is right, you will feel it. Here, the key is to go for a sunny ride!!!!
Preferably in late fall. Ahh the crisp air and yellows and reds on the trees. I can't wait. From here on, you should try to get your shape back together. You will soon feel that you are just as strong as you were before. From this point you will try out an ego thing: whenever you see a biker, you will think "i am faster than him" it will get you fired up and you will have even more fun. See, i got it all worked out. Sincerely

Woof the dog