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Old 03-31-10, 09:07 PM   #1
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Pushing yourself when riding alone

Other than a HRM, which is on the to-buy list, how do you push yourself to ride hard when riding by yourself?
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Old 03-31-10, 09:24 PM   #2
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Yep, a PM helps a lot.
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go for PRs on well known routes.

if theyre long routes break them up into a few shorter ones that you can remember the splits so you can tell how youre doing before the very end.

dont go for a PR everytime, plan hard vs easy days.

its a start anyway
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Old 03-31-10, 09:33 PM   #5
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I just think about how if this was a group ride, I'd be getting dropped. Then I pick up the pace.
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Old 03-31-10, 09:36 PM   #6
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self discipline.
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use waypoints and timing to keep on schedule/pace
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Old 03-31-10, 09:41 PM   #8
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I like to chase/draft cars, and just imagine they're fast cyclists.
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Old 03-31-10, 09:48 PM   #9
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Except when chasing cars, I don't. I JRA most of the time. I think of it as steady state work.

Oh on steep hills I have to work so I don't fall over. Fear works wonders. Oh, if it's getting dark and I still have a long way to go and no lights, that's motivating. Usually this happens when I struggle on a long ride, like 5-6 hours, and I start thinking that in 2 hours it'll be dark and I'm about 2 hours away from home base.

Powermeter, HR, all that, don't do a thing for me because I just give up. Group rides and races motivate me. They're usually easier in between the hard bits.

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I find that riding a familiar course and keeping track of times works well. There is motivation to beat your best time
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Up beat music. Sorry please no don't listen to music while you ride arguments. When you train 6hrs alone, it gets pretty boring
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For hard efforts, think about how much of a wussy you are compared to many other riders.

Think about how easy your pace would be for them.

Pretend that it's easy and that you love it.
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I pretend that I'm bridging to a break that's always just out of view.
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"Short term pain for a long term gain!!!!!!!"

Think about that.
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sprint up to every traffic light.
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Think about how If I ride hard enough that I can barely walk when I get home, I can't concentrate on homework and should therefore skip it.
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I spend most of my time training solo. I find the following works - primarily the powermeter, but also timed climbs, chasing and passing other riders up the road, if they decide to wheel suck - enjoy working hard to drop them or at least make them suffer.
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I pretend that I'm bridging to a break that's always just out of view.
I imagine I'm off the front and being chased by riders just out of view. This is especially exciting when on twisty climbs.
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I play the mental game. Most of it is making sure that my mind doesn't give up on me. As soon as that goes, the legs are soon to follow.
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If I'm doing an out and back route I try to beat my split time on the way home.
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My high school track coach said to me "what you put in is what you get out" and it's worked for me for decades.
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Up beat music. Sorry please no don't listen to music while you ride arguments. When you train 6hrs alone, it gets pretty boring
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