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Push The Pain!!!BigLeadOutGuy
Apr 1, 2002 5:25 PM
Hey all....some pretty good stories to read from my last post...LoneFront always has some good stuff to tell =)

Well here is an in depth encounter of my last sucky should make you all feel better.
During warm up I felt like I was going to have a strong day...there was a kinda long climb off the start...being as I felt like I was going to have a strong race..I attacked up the climb showing all the little so called "climbers" that us big guys can climb too! 3/4s the way up im pulling the whole pack and feeling pretty good...till I look at my HRM and its about 10 beats higher than my LT....not so good....FIgure Ill get a breather descending and get my HR to a respectable level...race goes on im hanging strong...after a few laps I get killer seeing stars and sweating bullets kind of hot!...I overdressed....frantically i start taking off layers but by the time i strip down Im off the back and feeling like a total slice of death....I keep chugging along...pretty much beat down and wanting to quit...the cat 1s start coming around to lap I am embarressed and thats just enought to set me off =) I figure Im pretty much race is lost so I dig deep and figure ill give these guys a run for their money, thinking they will smoke me pretty quickly...I picked up my pace and hung with them for a lap or bad as my legs felt like they were being set on fire i just kept at it...I hung with them till the pace car saw me and pulled me out....So I let them all pass and finished the race solo...kept my head held high...than went to my truck to go puke =)
After the race one of the cat 1s that was in the pack approached me and said that I was a tough mofo and to keep at it and it will all come together. Pretty cool I thought...But for now I am more interested in coming up with a plan to put the hurt on everyone for next week =)
chalk this crit up to a training session *sigh*
till next week!!!
train harder and race tougher than everyone else!!!
stay stoked =)
re: Push The Pain!!!speedisgood
Apr 1, 2002 7:34 PM
Hey, at least you didn't quit! The mind is a lot of peoples' limiting factor but it sounds like you're doin ok. The body will catch up eventually and you'll start making a bigger difference in races. Just think of all the fitness you'll gain down the road by racing hard now!
ya know somethinglonefrontranger
Apr 1, 2002 11:55 PM
Being stubborn is half the battle, and mental toughness and the willingness to hang it all out there and suffer like a dog is something I've seen from a lot of decent racers who don't have a ton of native talent.

I tell the students I've coached a couple of axioms. I imagine I'll get flamed for these, but hey, bike racing is a tough sport, and it takes some nads to do it. Gender has nothing to do with these, incidentally:

#1) If someone takes you down with a stupid move, and your first impulse (assuming you're not hurt beyond the typical road rash scenario) is to sit down on the curb and bawl/shake/freak out/worry about what your spouse will say when they see the road rash, then racing might not be your bag, and crits are definitely not your forte. There is nothing innately WRONG with this type of reaction, mind you, but it indicates a certain fragility of psyche that doesn't bode well for competitive drive. If, however, your first impulse is to jump up, chase down and beat the snot out of the instigator (even though you're a civilized human and would never do this but you STILL consider it), then you're a competitor, and regardless of how much God-given talent you have, you'll do well at racing.

#2) If getting dropped makes you furious to the point where you bury yourself / hammer / puke / die in some futile TT to nowhere (BLG, I totally see this in you!), then you're definitely a competitor. If all it does is make you sit up, feel sorry for yourself and want to drop out, then you might have plenty of native talent, but you will probably need a good coach or sports psychologist to help you work on the mental end of things. Heck yeah, most of us get pouty-lip at some point and decide to quit bike racing to take up shuffleboard or chess instead (typically this is when I'm OTB in the first 2 miles of a road race or first 3 laps of a crit)- but when you see a rider on the horizon, do you decide to chase their sorry butt down, or give it up as a bad job? A lot of talent starts with stubbornness and confidence in your ability, and don't ever sell these aspects short because they go a long way.
Does it EverytimeBigLeadOutGuy
Apr 2, 2002 5:23 PM
Nothing gets me more angry and fired up than getting dropped off the back....It always makes me hammer matter how bad I bonkedor whatever.
Many may disagree, but. . .allervite
Apr 3, 2002 2:17 PM
I would say leave the HR monitor at home for the races, or at least turn it over so you cannot see it. Don't let that little bit of Techno psych you out while racing. Your thresholds may not be where you think they are anyway.
Totally agreeBipedZed
Apr 3, 2002 2:59 PM
I would psyche myself out in races when my HRM was on my bar and easily viewable. It became an excuse for not bridging or letting up if the group was getting away. Once I started wearing it on my wrist where I couldn't see it I was amazed at the HRs I could sustain in a race when I viewed the data post-race. Of course my fitness has improved, but once I stopped monitoring my HR during a race I stopped getting dropped.
I Also Totally agreeRockyMountainRacer
Apr 4, 2002 4:06 PM
I raced with my hrm for about my first three mountain bike races. I experimented without it in the fourth, and I've never gone back. It really is a dangerous distraction on the trail, and I agree with you guys that it psyches you out. You're hurting (of course you're hurting it's a race!), then you look at the damn Polar and it tells you that you're hurting even more than you thought! No good, and I've read that your heart rate will be at least 5 bpm higher in all your zones in a race due to adrenaline and what not. Plus the race is the time to totally push beyond your limits anyway, right? In my first crit 2 weeks ago, I did not even think about wearing it--that would be a bad distraction for someone racing in a pack for the first time.

P.S. I got dropped, but not because the hrm told me I was too anaerobic!
The Lion of Flandersallervite
Apr 3, 2002 2:11 PM
Johan M. once said that he was 40% talent and 60% drive.
re: Push The Pain!!!brider
Apr 2, 2002 9:29 AM
BLG -- You have now seen the wisdom of killing yourself to stay in the pack, even if it puts you on the verge of blowing up. And HELL YEAH LFR! Good stuff on the mental game of bike racing.
I use it to keep tabsBigLeadOutGuy
Apr 3, 2002 4:43 PM
I never ever heed to what my heart rate monitor is telling me while I race....I ride as hard as I can for as long as I can when I can...Im so used to training with it that I feel kinda naked without it...not having it there might throw me for a loop as well...Ill keep it in mind though