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Old 02-28-06, 03:30 AM
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Sounds like you've got some major mental burn-out and resignation. You have to ask yourself what kind of results you want to achieve with cycling. If it's to go out 3-4 times a week and to a casual ride and see the sights, then that's fine, do what you've been doing. If however, if your goal is to keep up with your riding buddies and even make them hurt and beat them every once in a while, then you have to change your training programme. The rides that you do on your own will have to be the hardest and toughest training rides of your entire week. That means sprints and intervals. It will hurt and you will want to just lay down and die (I tried doing that once, but the vultures circling overhead could see that I was still breathing). Then the rides with your buddies will feel like a stroll in the park.
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