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Old 03-17-14, 05:35 AM   #9001
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Would you have any reading to recommend on this - the mental aspects of competition, bike racing - maybe with a zen/buddist perspective? I'm a total beginner to this realm, but have come to realize it's something I need.

I had this weird thing the other day, my coach told me I need to keep my head down on the TT bike, so I rode my spin class on the TT bike with the intention of keeping my head down... and I forgot and reminded myself like a hundred times. It reminded me of something I heard about meditation. Which I haven't done. But maybe it's time to think about it.
http://www.amazon.com/Playing-Zone-E...ity+and+sports

http://www.amazon.com/Bone-Games-Ext...rds=bone+games

http://www.amazon.com/Saltwater-Budd...ds=zen+surfing

http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Superman-...5056108&sr=1-1


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Old 03-17-14, 07:02 AM   #9002
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Frustration!1!!!1! Last week I was finally going to re-start Build. The week before there was a mild gastrointestinal bug in the house, I thought I had ducked it. Turns out I did not, for the last week, I have had a mild case of gastroenteritis. Nothing too bad, but I have been staying off the bike, to try to prevent it from becoming a worse case of gastroenteritis.

My first crit is in two weeks, I need to get back on the bike and at least recover some fitness before I race dammit!
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Old 03-17-14, 07:12 AM   #9003
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^Thanks for that list. I just purchased the first two, plus the classic "Flow” by Csikszentmihalyi.
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Nah, there is no incentive for me. I am pretty much maxing out my available time for training and I get a lot of satisfaction working for and mentoring our younger riders, especially the juniors.
Kudos on mentoring youngsters. God knows we can use more mentors.
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Old 03-17-14, 08:31 AM   #9005
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Did some tempo work, my calf is killing me. I have a training crit on Thursday and a race on Saturday. Depending on how that goes I may have to change my racing plan for the year and do more steady stuff like TT's and road races. The constant surges of crits have done a number to my leg. I can do a 100 miles at a decent tempo but 30 minutes of constant sprints and my calf wants to shut down.
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Old 03-17-14, 08:39 AM   #9006
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shakes head

if you're hurt in March it's time to lay low and heal rather than push it and risk something more serious.
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Old 03-17-14, 08:58 AM   #9007
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if you're hurt in March it's time to lay low and heal rather than push it and risk something more serious.
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Old 03-17-14, 11:56 AM   #9009
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Did some tempo work, my calf is killing me. I have a training crit on Thursday and a race on Saturday. Depending on how that goes I may have to change my racing plan for the year and do more steady stuff like TT's and road races. The constant surges of crits have done a number to my leg. I can do a 100 miles at a decent tempo but 30 minutes of constant sprints and my calf wants to shut down.
Sorry about your Calf. In Jan 14' I had issues with my right calf. I started doing calf raises & leg press and never experience anymore problems. Not an expert just my experience.
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This week is a rest week for me on the bike.

Lifted upper body this morning, am going to the gym at lunch to do legs and test out some of rkwaki's exercises. Wish me luck!!!
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Old 03-17-14, 12:13 PM   #9011
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I had a junior chop my wheel in the pro race yesterday. I yelled at him. Not enough to make him cry.
ROFL. Actually it's the occasional junior I race against that terrifies me the most.
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Old 03-17-14, 12:16 PM   #9012
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do they have a telephone at the new job? call 'em up and tell them your circumstances changed and if they are amenable you'd like to start earlier than you anticipated.

otherwise... do or do not. the worst state to find yourself in is one of ambivalence. if all it takes is a small setback (may seem HUGE to you at the moment, but it is small) to get you to give cycling up, it probably was never very important in the first place. but if you ARE going to give it up, just pour yourself into something else ASAP.

i dealt with an injury recently that involved surgery and while i try to be super-optimistic there are always some moments of doubt with any injury/recovery. i saw one race, then 2 races, then a 3rd that i'd have to give up, and i'll admit that during a low moment the thought of not racing this year crossed my mind. i let that thought sit for a while. later that night i found myself registering for one of those missed races. i'll only be 4 weeks post-op and i may show up and do worse than last year, but i'm a racer. if you have that racer spirit, you'll come back to it even if you walk away for a bit.

the sport is super challenging physically and mentally -- and for little (external) reward. take the physical break you need, but more importantly take the mental break to see things more clearly.

cycling is not going away. a bunch of guys here can tell you stories about giving it up for some time and rekindling their love for it. some might tell you how they wished they'd kept riding/racing all along.

you have choices. you are not powerless here.

hope things get better for you. (sincerely)
Nice post.
I was impressed how you dealt with your recent setback.
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Old 03-17-14, 12:21 PM   #9013
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^Thanks for that list. I just purchased the first two, plus the classic "Flow” by Csikszentmihalyi.
"Flow" - one of the all-time greats. I'm betting you cut and pasted his last name.
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Old 03-17-14, 12:25 PM   #9014
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Nice post.
I was impressed how you dealt with your recent setback.


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Old 03-17-14, 12:47 PM   #9015
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3x20s @ 100% out there in the motherloving cold. 21F, 10F wind chill. To minimize airflow I was doing threshold on the tops to try to keep from going too fast.
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"the inner game of tennis" is also a classic on the subject. (ignore the fact that it has tennis in the title.)
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"Flow" - one of the all-time greats. I'm betting you cut and pasted his last name.
Bah, spelled just like it sounds.
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Old 03-17-14, 01:11 PM   #9018
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"the inner game of tennis" is also a classic on the subject. (ignore the fact that it has tennis in the title.)
Must be a fun sport as you get to play with fuzzy balls....
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Old 03-17-14, 02:28 PM   #9019
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Must be a fun sport as you get to play with fuzzy balls....
this ain't the masters forum, but some of the riders here would probably be happy with merely fuzzy balls....

(hey, i race masters sometimes!)
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Almost 2hrs of up and down riding in North Carolina. Temps were hovering around freezing with drizzle so we played it safe and stuck close to the rental. Looks like the weather will improve as the week goes on, but there is no snow on the ground so we are all good.
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recovering from a hard weekend of training on the Amstel gold course. very sleepy and hungry all day.
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Old 03-17-14, 05:12 PM   #9022
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Recovery day. Just a mellow ride to work and back.
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Nice post.
I was impressed how you dealt with your recent setback.
every injury is different. i wouldn't recommend this approach for overuse injuries, for example. it also depends on fitness levels pre-injury.

i appreciate the compliment. i have gotten lots of inspiration from people on these and other forums over the years and hope that an occasional post or two inspires someone else.
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Just over an hour at just over 100 rpm.

Recovery of sorts. (not super easy, but not tempo or hard either)

3rd week of Build 2 starts today.
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anybody posted this yet? interesting...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...marter-athlete
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