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Discouraging Rides(8 posts)

Discouraging RidesChonola
Aug 1, 2002 5:54 AM
Does anyone out there ever have ANY rides that are soooo bad that you feel like you will never race a bike again?

If so - do you simply PERSEVERE? Or take time off?

Angela aka Chonola
Aug 1, 2002 6:11 AM
Seems like every ride lately. Had one of my best seasons last year. This year seems to be the season of never-ending injury. Tendonitis, nerve damage, cars coliiding with me... you name it.

I do feel better when I'm riding though than when I'm not. Occasionally I even feel good, and that's enough for now. Maybe just ride for a while and be glad you are out there and things will seem better. You will probably be faster as a result of your atitude as well.

Sometimes riding isn't about the speed you are moving.
time off works for me...or switch to MTBColnagoFE
Aug 1, 2002 6:17 AM
After racing Mt. Evans last weekend I'm gonna do a lot more MTB now. Something different. It's all good. If biking in general is getting to you then some time off might be a good idea. How about hiking? Or some other aerobic activity?
re: Discouraging RidesPatM
Aug 1, 2002 6:23 AM
Had one last night, just had me helmet handed to me !
Usual training crit with cat 3,4,5's pace was reasonable for the first 2-3 laps then break after break off the front, which is normal for this point in the race, but it seemed like one would get pulled back and another would go and then another, of course my position in the pack was not to good either - hanging at the back. A little discouraging, but I realized that I am running on empty and need a break, and there is always next week/race.
I Live For Those Bad Days!BigLeadOutGuy
Aug 1, 2002 6:43 AM
There is nothing more discouraging than getting dropped off the back of a race within the first 10 minutes or just huffing and puffing during your interval training thinking to yourself that you should have just stayed home. I love those days. They always seem to motivate me more so than if I had won a race or ridden a killer fast century. When I have a bad race it just motivates me to work even harder in the coming weeks to assure that I will do better next time around.
On the other hand if you are just getting burnt out than it might be time to get away from the bike for awhile. The training I did leading up to the nats this year totally burnt me out and I have only went on 2 training rides and one race in the past 3 weeks since I got back. I think the next week or so I am going to stay completly off the bike and just get relax and not think about racing or training. Im definatley burnt out mentally and physically and need a rest.

If you just had a discouraging ride than just nut it up and train harder on your hard days and ride easier on your easy days. If your burnt out mentally and physically take a few days off to recharge your battery =)
ride safe!
Tis the SeasonLC
Aug 1, 2002 10:24 AM
If you have been racing since early March like most of us then your in prime season for burnout. MTB bike sounds good about now.
9x's out of 10, I feel better after, its before the ride.Canidraftyou
Aug 1, 2002 1:19 PM
I must carb load and stretch prior to rides/races just to keep focused. Your brain feeds off of carbs. Many people do visualization prior to races, I visualize prior to training rides/races. Putting natural abilities aside (Genetics), thats the biggest denominator between achieving and failing, can you get through the mental fatigue and should you. One thing we must learn, is how to listen to our bodies.

Agreed 9x's out of 10, I feel better after, its before the ride.Chonola
Aug 2, 2002 1:41 PM

Felt like POOP before my long intervals yesterday afternoon. During and afterwards....felt primo, well near primo!

Angela aka Chonola