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Old 03-27-12, 06:49 PM
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Man, My Climbing Sucked Today

So I had a chance to ride GMR today with Hillbasher so I figured I'd get there a bit early and warm up, test the new chain on the climb stuff. Everything went well but knowing a segment on Strava was the first 1.7 mile point, I tried to pick it up a bit. Doing OK then about 100 yards before the end of the segment, I just pooped out!

I stopped to catch my breath and thinking I was going to puke as HB rolled by. I figured this was a chance to capture a pic of the view. The plan was to recover then work my way back if I could. I must have been delirious thinking I took about 5 pictures but I only took one ha ha!

When I got back on the bike I could see HB up ahead on a switchback. He's doing well so I have to relax, recuperate then try to catch up. FO'GET THAT! Coming up to the 4mile point he is out of sight. I've slowed my pace, got a pain in my chest and it ain't happening. Halfway up the straightaway I see HB far ahead on the saddle of the mountain. Gees, he'll have to stop and take a nap for me to catch back up. So I remount start heading up by the end of the straightaway my legs just won't push and the pain won't leave. So at this point, I have to say, this is the first time in Beanz History that I have failed to make it to he shack. Hillbasher did well but no excuses for me, I just sucked today, GRRRR!




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Old 03-27-12, 06:59 PM
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Well Beanz, it happens to everybody, and today was your day. The hill will always be there for you to conquer another day.
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Well Beanz, it happens to everybody, and today was your day. The hill will always be there for you to conquer another day.
Thanks and I will. It's good to post the bad days along with the good so here is the bad ha ha!

I'll be back!
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Everything went well but knowing a segment on Strava was the first 1.7 mile point, I tried to pick it up a bit. Doing OK then about 100 yards before the end of the segment, I just pooped out!


I'm telling you, Strava is insidious!

The other bad part is when you don't know exactly where the segment ends and you're wheezing along trying to get to... somewhere. Maybe that's just me.
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I'm telling you, Strava is insidious!

The other bad part is when you don't know exactly where the segment ends and you're wheezing along trying to get to... somewhere. Maybe that's just me.
You are correct! I was riding ready to puke wondering where the segment ends exactly.
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I'm laughing with you, not at you, because until I stand atop the vaunted GMR I have no room to mock.

I was pretty humbled in red rock about 2 weeks ago, but hopefully I'll be ready to try something stupid again pretty soon.
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The dreaded days, at least you humbly accept there is room for improvement. Have had those days and it is not cool at all. You are happy, the hill will still be there, now its pwrsonal, lol.


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I'm laughing with you, not at you, because until I stand atop the vaunted GMR I have no room to mock..
It's there for you, you can do it. Unless you have that one bad day out of 1,000 like I did today!
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Chest pain is bad; chest pain with exercise is potentially very bad. Please go get checked!
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Chest pain is bad; chest pain with exercise is potentially very bad. Please go get checked!
Actually front left arm pain, there is a reason for it but like I said, won't make excuses or cover up the suckage of this ride.
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Off days are a bummer! With the weather as miserable as it's been for the past few weeks, I would be surprised if all my strength was intact too.

That front left arm pain you mention concerns me a bit. Isn't one of the symptoms of a heart attack pain radiating down the left arm?
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Off days are a bummer! With the weather as miserable as it's been for the past few weeks, I would be surprised if all my strength was intact too.

That front left arm pain you mention concerns me a bit. Isn't one of the symptoms of a heart attack pain radiating down the left arm?
I see the concern. But believe me, aches and pains started way before the ride.
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Whew! That's good to know! Ya had me going there with your earlier posts!
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Feel for you Beanz. Know you're not alone. A couple months ago I received a call from NZBlood requesting I donate (infant O-). I committed before I realized I was entered in a 100k race that weekend. Suffice to say, I didn't perform to my expectations.

Last week, I was complaining to Mrs. Fred that I just couldn't find the energy in my legs to get my heart rate up during a couple of workouts. She pointed out that, I hadn't been sleeping well, putting in long hours at work and was generally suffering from signs of stress. No wonder I wasn't performing up to my expectations.

Don't worry about it too much. Enjoy a few recovery rides.

One of the more valuable bits in one of the training guides I have, instructs you to never compare yourself to "others" during training. You never know where they are in their cycles compared to you, how much they're putting out that day, have put out the days preceeding, etc. I had an excellent example of being the stronger a while back. A friend who has consistantly been stronger joined me for a hilly ride that I do frequently. I had been working on strenth drills for the preceeding two weeks and I knew that he had been doing long hours, breaking up a realationship and been out drinking the night before. He seemed really disappointed in himself when it became obvious that he couldn't hold my wheel and that I was riding at 70%.

We all have strong days and not so strong days.
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Good advice BigF! No comparison till I get back on my horse.
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