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Old 04-03-05, 07:27 PM   #1
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Zen state of mind

Many times when I get ready to ride I will know if my body wants to ride long or short. My body feels like it wants to ride forever and so iI will go for 60 or 70 miles. Other times my body feels like it will never make it around the block. I commute to work so my body know it has to make it but some days its like pulling teeth and other days its a joy ride. It seems that 1 out of 5 days my body wants to roll and the other 4 are just plain old effort.

Does it ever get any easyer? I've got about 2500 miles in since last May when i first started riding.

How long will it take it take to reach that Zen state of mind more often?

I'm not over weight, I eat reasonable, I work out, Whats up?

Thank for any insights
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Old 04-03-05, 07:37 PM   #2
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Its those rides that are like pulling teeth that allow you to have the Zen rides.
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Old 04-03-05, 07:53 PM   #3
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I experience the same thing running and I've been running over 20 years. I achieve my Zen by pushing through it. For some reason people think that every ride, run, swim etc should feel the same no matter what.
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Old 04-03-05, 10:03 PM   #4
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If you are LUCKY, every ride or run or swim will have at least a segment during which, delusional or not, you feel like you can go forever at a good rate of speed.

Sometimes, yes. Sometimes,no.

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Old 04-03-05, 10:53 PM   #5
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It is the time that you feel like crap that when you warm up you feel great... like my last metric century a few weeks ago... awsome!
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Contrary to popular belief a Zen state of mind would be to be fully concious of everything, not zoned out.

As far as getting to a place where your legs/mind feel real strong on a ride, alot of that has to do with pedaling mechanics. Build up strong, well conditioned hipflexors and that will do wonders for making your feet feel light on the pedals.
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Old 04-05-05, 10:29 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=surfncycling]Contrary to popular belief a Zen state of mind would be to be fully concious of everything, not zoned out.

Not to get off topic but that is why people who ride brakeless fixed gears call it a Zen like ride. You are forced to be aware of everything going on around you and you feel your speed much more so than on a geared bike.
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