Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

"The 33"-Road Bike Racing We set this forum up for our members to discuss their experiences in either pro or amateur racing, whether they are the big races, or even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-19-07, 08:41 AM   #1
transplant
this portrait of karma
Thread Starter
 
transplant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: chicago
Bikes:
Posts: 1,238
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
in need of some inspiration

hey racing forum... been a while since i was here!

i'm just coming off of an injury and finding it difficult to get back into the swing of training. i was off the bike for a total of 10 weeks. i had some performance testing done just prior to my injury and my lactate threshold was 310 watts @ 170 bpm, 3.6 W/kg. now, i feel lethargic and not really interested in getting back onto a training program, etc.

anyone else have similar experiences?
transplant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 08:44 AM   #2
recursive
Geosynchronous Falconeer
 
recursive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: 2006 Raleigh Rush Hour, Campy Habanero Team Ti, Soma Double Cross
Posts: 6,312
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was off the bike for 6 weeks last fall after surgery. I lost some fitness, but I had most of it back within a few months.

I don't have any advice for your specific issue. If you don't want it, you don't want it.
__________________
Bring the pain.
recursive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 09:04 AM   #3
Duke of Kent
Senior Member
 
Duke of Kent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Bikes: Yeti ASRc, Focus Raven 29er, Flyxii FR316
Posts: 4,833
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
To cut a long story short:

Any time I don't want to ride my bike, whether I'm tired, it's raining, it's "too hot", my legs are sore, or I just don't feel like riding, I remember a little mentally ******** boy I met at a race last year, who essentially told me that he would give anything to be able to ride a bike without training wheels on it.

When I do this, any little piss poor excuse I have suddenly seems pretty pathetic, and I realize that I'm extremely lucky to be able to do this, and it's an insult to those who can't do what I can do, to not use whatever potential I might have.
Duke of Kent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 09:05 AM   #4
Bob Dopolina 
Mr. Dopolina
 
Bob Dopolina's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Taiwan
Bikes: KUUPAS, Simpson VR
Posts: 9,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
In '92 I was hit by a **** brown Toyota. Collapsed a lung, broke some bones and lost 2 days of memory. In '94 I got shoved of a bridge during a race and fractured my right arm into 50 pieces. In '98 I won a National Championship.

In 2005 I collapsed 2 disks and, with the aid of some highly controlled drugs, slept in my bathtub for 1 hour a night over 2 months until the f****rs did an MRI and had spinal surgery 2 days later. In 2006 I won a National Championship (different country).

In 2007, in addition to my existing contract ( at the age of 43) I won 3 races and was paid to travel to another country to race for my title sponsor.

I am just an average guy trying to take care of my family.

Feel inspired yet?
Bob Dopolina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 09:13 AM   #5
waterrockets 
Making a kilometer blurry
 
waterrockets's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin (near TX)
Bikes: rkwaki's porn collection
Posts: 26,130
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just go have some fun. Maybe do some mountain biking or social group rides. Flip your stem back up for a couple months. The drive will come back. Don't ever ride because you "have to."

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
In '92 I was hit by a **** brown Toyota. Collapsed a lung, broke some bones and lost 2 days of memory.
See, there we go again. 12/11/91, hit by a car broken rib, punctured lung, sep. shoulder, concussion.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
In '98 I won a National Championship.
Yeah, so here's where we diverge a bit...
waterrockets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 09:30 AM   #6
Bob Dopolina 
Mr. Dopolina
 
Bob Dopolina's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Taiwan
Bikes: KUUPAS, Simpson VR
Posts: 9,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
Just go have some fun. Maybe do some mountain biking or social group rides. Flip your stem back up for a couple months. The drive will come back. Don't ever ride because you "have to."



See, there we go again. 12/11/91, hit by a car broken rib, punctured lung, sep. shoulder, concussion.



Yeah, so here's where we diverge a bit...
Yarrr! Ya keep wierdin' me out. be thar no end to it, mattie?
Bob Dopolina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 09:39 AM   #7
sleazy
everyone has a plan...
 
sleazy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: planet earth
Bikes:
Posts: 541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
2001- crashed at Road Atlanta AMA race. broke tibia, fibia, patella, collar bone, ribs... etc.

after five surgeries, my leg was frozen at 22 degrees of motion. the told me i'd have a pronounced limp the rest of my life.

2007- just did a 10:29 5mile time trial and a trip of 5 days with 30,000 feet of climbing in Colorado.

it requires a hell of a drive to get up everyday and fight. but that's the only way to get yourself back.

just think of where you were... what you want to be... and dont accept where you are.

(my sad story)
sleazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 09:48 AM   #8
waterrockets 
Making a kilometer blurry
 
waterrockets's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Austin (near TX)
Bikes: rkwaki's porn collection
Posts: 26,130
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
Yarrr! Ya keep wierdin' me out. be thar no end to it, mattie?
You be nay kiddin'!
waterrockets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 09:52 AM   #9
patentcad
Peloton Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Bikes: 2013 Scott Foil, 2014 Scott Addict, 2008 Cervelo P3 (TT), 2015 Scott Scale 700SL MTB
Posts: 59,432
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Severe back injuries/surgery/resulting drug dependency (painkillers) is outstanding motivation. If you go through all that and wind up back on the bike, motivation won't be an issue. You'll be too friggin happy you're riding anywhere. That's how it worked for me. And Lance I might add.
patentcad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 10:01 AM   #10
Snuffleupagus
Aut Vincere Aut Mori
 
Snuffleupagus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Bikes: Irish Cycles Tir na Nog, Jack Kane Team Racing, Fuji Aloha 1.0, GT Karakoram, Motobecane Fly Team
Posts: 4,165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://www.velonews.com/diaries/ride...s/13347.0.html
Snuffleupagus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 10:20 AM   #11
patentcad
Peloton Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Bikes: 2013 Scott Foil, 2014 Scott Addict, 2008 Cervelo P3 (TT), 2015 Scott Scale 700SL MTB
Posts: 59,432
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
My 13 year old daughter runs cross country as a freshman on one of the best HS XC programs in NY State. It can be daunting, there are fast girls on that team (a perennial NY State running powerhouse). Then she goes to a regional meet, and voila, she finishes 51st out of 112 freshmen girls. Right in the middle of the pack. She only seems slow compared to the tough competition on her team. Which will only make her better.

She has a tough workout tomorrow. I told her to start looking at those 14 x 400 meter interval sessions as her friend. You spend some time in the hurt locker, you come out faster. She has already shaved 20 seconds off her 8 x 800 meter average interval time in those sessions over only two weeks. I also told her that hard workouts are what make competitive running so great, just like competitive cycling. It's friggin HARD. If it were easy the other 99.9% of wussies in the world would be doing it. Like her. Like us. Like YOU.

Inspired yet? Go ride your bike. It's all you. Report back here. We'll be waiting.

Last edited by patentcad; 09-19-07 at 07:28 PM.
patentcad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 05:43 PM   #12
transplant
this portrait of karma
Thread Starter
 
transplant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: chicago
Bikes:
Posts: 1,238
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks guys... i think i'm set now.

so since i've been gone for 10 weeks, whatever happened with RyanF?
transplant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 06:31 PM   #13
ratebeer
Not obese just overweight
 
ratebeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Bikes: Trek 7500fx, Cervelo Soloist
Posts: 2,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
In '92 I was hit by a **** brown Toyota. Collapsed a lung, broke some bones and lost 2 days of memory. In '94 I got shoved of a bridge during a race and fractured my right arm into 50 pieces. In '98 I won a National Championship.
Please tell me this is not you. You both spell off the same way and there's some droping going on too.
__________________
Joe

Veho difficilis, ago facilis
ratebeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 07:29 PM   #14
patentcad
Peloton Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Bikes: 2013 Scott Foil, 2014 Scott Addict, 2008 Cervelo P3 (TT), 2015 Scott Scale 700SL MTB
Posts: 59,432
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by transplant View Post
thanks guys... i think i'm set now.

so since i've been gone for 10 weeks, whatever happened with RyanF?
He's around. Don't be like him. Ride more, BS on BF less. I can do both, I have no life.

But wait. Why do you want inspiration in late September? The season is over.
patentcad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 08:13 PM   #15
Yep
no cat contains
 
Yep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Scotland
Bikes:
Posts: 694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by seppomadness View Post
Those figures would motivate the hell out of me. I would hate being average. At least punch out 350W FTP. Go train.
If this isn't tongue-in-cheek, you're an arrogant a**.
Yep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 08:27 PM   #16
ratebeer
Not obese just overweight
 
ratebeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Bikes: Trek 7500fx, Cervelo Soloist
Posts: 2,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yep View Post
If this isn't tongue-in-cheek, you're an arrogant a**.
Thank you so much for that.
__________________
Joe

Veho difficilis, ago facilis
ratebeer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-07, 10:50 PM   #17
Bob Dopolina 
Mr. Dopolina
 
Bob Dopolina's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Taiwan
Bikes: KUUPAS, Simpson VR
Posts: 9,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ratebeer View Post
Please tell me this is not you. You both spell off the same way and there's some droping going on too.
No that's not me but thanks for the laugh.
Bob Dopolina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-07, 08:22 AM   #18
patentcad
Peloton Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Bikes: 2013 Scott Foil, 2014 Scott Addict, 2008 Cervelo P3 (TT), 2015 Scott Scale 700SL MTB
Posts: 59,432
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Arrogance RULES.

Just ask Dick Cheney.
patentcad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-07, 09:22 AM   #19
Duke of Kent
Senior Member
 
Duke of Kent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Bikes: Yeti ASRc, Focus Raven 29er, Flyxii FR316
Posts: 4,833
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by seppomadness View Post
Those figures would motivate the hell out of me. I would hate being average. At least punch out 350W FTP. Go train.
Pretty sure that was his ability BEFORE the injury...not after he came back from it.
Duke of Kent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-07, 11:25 AM   #20
Yep
no cat contains
 
Yep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Scotland
Bikes:
Posts: 694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by seppomadness View Post
Awww cmon tough love is good love!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Yw7KijRfU-c
Well... that clip was pretty awesome.
Yep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-07, 11:26 AM   #21
patentcad
Peloton Dog
 
patentcad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Chester, NY
Bikes: 2013 Scott Foil, 2014 Scott Addict, 2008 Cervelo P3 (TT), 2015 Scott Scale 700SL MTB
Posts: 59,432
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Pcad aspires to USA Cycling averageness. Inspiring, no. Humbling, yes. Pcad needs all the humility he can get. I might start by bagging the third person self-references, but what fun would that be?

If you'll excuse me the movers are here to help me with my Ego.
patentcad is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:47 AM.