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    Superstitions?

    Trawling pics of the Dauphine reminded me of some of the weird things racers do...

    http://grahamwatson.com/gw/imagedocs...&07dauphineSt2

    Was wondering what people's racing "do's" and "dont's" were.

    Not shaving on the morning of a TT? Left sock on before right sock? Cross yourself before the off??

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    I hear botto has an issue with releiving himself. Maybe he could enlighten us.
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    Never speak of your ambitions. Never. Ever. Say it in your head, mentally shout it as a fact, but never, ever, ever say it aloud.
    When I decided to ride my bike to lose weight, I never said that aloud, but I lost a ton of weight.
    When I wanted to dominate my track races, I said it in my brain, I might have joked about pillaging the cities the races were in, but I never said I'd win like I did.

    I've only recently found this out, how much mental power the human has, but when I can properly clear my head and forecast something as a fact, nothing can stop me.


    but besides that, mellow music like Grateful Dead to calm me down followed by sometihng unsettling like Mushroomhead helps, that worked once, it'll have to work again.

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    Mine? Visualization. Know what I am going to do. Not really so much a superstition as good advice.

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    One day a few months ago, the guys around the office got together to go to Moe's for lunch. If you don't know, Moe's is a sort of Americanized spin on Mexican food. Out of peer pressure, I joined in. I had a big ride planned later in the day, but I went anyways, thinking I'd just ride through it. I ended up having an amazing ride, feeling great after warming up in the first few miles. So now, before any big ride, I'll go to Moe's and eat an Art Vandalay. It's evolved, too, to the point that I have to go through the exact process every time I go; the other day, I was considering a different salsa but second guessed myself as I have not changed salsas since feeling great.
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    I don't shave my face the day of or the day before any race I want to do well in.

    I'm starting to think that if I want to do well in a race, when people ask I shouldn't tell em I'm feeling good. A jinx, of sorts.

    Other jinxes- don't talk about crashing, flatting, etc. when a race is coming up.

    This is more of a habit than a superstition, but I always clip in right foot first.
    Masochism is a training adaptation.

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    I don't speak of past crashes the day of a race, and don't speak of the potential for eating it in future races. This can be discussed the day before a race, or at any other time during the week, just not on the race weekend.

    Always clip in right foot first. Always start in the 53-21. Always race with my socks inside out. Always drink one serving of a caffeinated, carbonated sugar filled beverage 30-45min before a race.
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    Always wear gloves, not so much superstition, as caution I think. I don't want road rash on my palms.

    If it's a morning race, I *must* have my post coffee constitutional beforehand.

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    Oh, and if any of you post pics of your road rash like the freds in road cycling - i'll kill ya.





    Oh, and I always race with one of these (st michael's medal) on my bike:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
    Always wear gloves, not so much superstition, as caution I think. I don't want road rash on my palms.

    If it's a morning race, I *must* have my post coffee constitutional beforehand.
    I seemed to do well without gloves, I think I'll keep it that way. I wore gloves the time I had to go through grass and curb-hop my bike.

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    I used to avoid wearing green - its bad luck IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1
    I used to avoid wearing green - its bad luck IMO.
    aww crap! my team's kit is all green! I've gotta change squads, pronto

    I never backpedal on the line for fear of dropping my chain.
    Always right foot clipped in at start (like others I see).
    I never let anyone else pin my number.

    I had a pair of lucky socks that I always raced with. The first time I forgot them, I was taken out in the sprint when two riders came together in front of me. I may have to go back to wearing them despite the fact that they are winter weight, wool, and go past the ankle. F' fashion and comfort.

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    I have a small altar in the trunk of my car upon which I sacrifice a live chicken before every race.

    I offer chicken and rum to Jobu.

    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    I don't shave the day of an event. When I raced cars I always got in the car from the left side and I always put on my gloves in the car right glove first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    I have a small altar in the trunk of my car upon which I sacrifice a live chicken before every race.

    I offer chicken and rum to Jobu.

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    The first rule of Fight Club is you never talk about Fight Club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto
    Never ever talk about c r@shing.
    Botto sez:

    http://myshavedlegs.blogspot.com/200...ky-charms.html

    And

    http://myshavedlegs.blogspot.com/200...charms-ii.html

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    My own superstitions:

    - I will not pump up my tires at the actual event. I pump them up the night before or at home right before I leave for the race. But NEVER at the actual race.

    - Tell everyone who will listen that my legs don't feel quite right and that my goal is just to sit in for this race. It's not a lie, either. I get nervous before races and generally don't feel good until the race settles down a bit.

    - Try to get laid the night before the race with the reasoning that it will help me do better. It has no effect whatsoever on race performance but after 15 years of marriage I'll use any sort of clever ruse I can.

    --Steve

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    - Try to get laid the night before the race with the reasoning that it will help me do better. It has no effect whatsoever on race performance but after 15 years of marriage I'll use any sort of clever ruse I can.

    ....thanks for the tip Zim!

    Oh, as for superstitions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zimbo
    My own superstitions:

    - I will not pump up my tires at the actual event. I pump them up the night before or at home right before I leave for the race. But NEVER at the actual race.

    - Tell everyone who will listen that my legs don't feel quite right and that my goal is just to sit in for this race. It's not a lie, either. I get nervous before races and generally don't feel good until the race settles down a bit.

    - Try to get laid the night before the race with the reasoning that it will help me do better. It has no effect whatsoever on race performance but after 15 years of marriage I'll use any sort of clever ruse I can.
    --Steve
    Nice. I'll have to try that one, but with an infant at home, I might just be SOL.

    After reading this post, I guess I dont have much in way of superstition, aside from liking to bite the head off of a live bat near the start line in full view of all my competitors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimbo
    My own superstitions:

    - I will not pump up my tires at the actual event. I pump them up the night before or at home right before I leave for the race. But NEVER at the actual race.

    - Tell everyone who will listen that my legs don't feel quite right and that my goal is just to sit in for this race. It's not a lie, either. I get nervous before races and generally don't feel good until the race settles down a bit.

    - Try to get laid the night before the race with the reasoning that it will help me do better. It has no effect whatsoever on race performance but after 15 years of marriage I'll use any sort of clever ruse I can.

    --Steve
    that's not superstition, that's common sense.

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    I have to ride fast the day before the race. At least once. Not an interval workout or anything, but just a taste of speed and pain.

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    I cant race with out my lucky oakleys. If im not wearing my lucky oakleys my bike will collapse under me, my legs will explode, and some russian sattelite will fall out of the sky and crush me to death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets
    I have to ride fast the day before the race. At least once. Not an interval workout or anything, but just a taste of speed and pain.
    That's called opening-up. We have a Fri ride that is 90' w/40' of fast paceline and a final sprint (20-30 riders). It's like a warmup for the weekend.

    I have no superstitions. That would be akin to believing in witchcraft, so I'll plead agnostic.

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    That, ...and aromatherapy.

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