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Event Anxieties

Old 04-27-18, 07:12 AM
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Event Anxieties

So, we have this event tomorrow: 75 miles and a number of short, steep climbs. I'd forgotten about it until someone posted something on social media Monday.
Yesterday we get an email advising us about the dearth of parking and how we should plan to get there extra early, carpool or "make alternate plans" or words to that effect.
It's an hour and a half away by car, so we're talking dark departure already.
They send a link to a ride with GPS route (which I'd have to pull up on my phone and peer at with my glasses to use on a ride) and a cue sheet, which I never got the hang of using. And since it's a fairly small event, it's not like there will be a crowd to follow..... Sure hope the street markings are big and bright....
Of course we're very busy at the office these days so I have to work the full day and won't have a lot of time to get things in order before trying to get a good night's sleep. Thought about booking a hotel and driving down tonight, but I dunno.
The only thing I have figured out is which bike to take: the Helium. And I did manage to get the drivetrain cleaned and lubed yesterday morning. But I need to replenish the sealant in the tires, pack the car, prep breakfast, figure out what to wear (50s, chance of showers, possibly lots of sun?)....
Knock wood, I've never arrived at an event without shoes or helmet or anything, but you'd think after doing these things for a few years the prep would become second nature, but I seem to get more and more anxious each time.
Meanwhile, I get a text this morning from a friend asking about hotels for the weekend of the Whiteface hill climb event in June that we signed up for. I had looked a few weeks ago, and since it's a popular area, there are a lot of places, but availability is limited and I just couldn't decide... Gaaahh!!!
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Lists! I find it makes life so much easier to make a list on the computer and print it off when doing the packing/prep for a trip. If i put it in the car, i check it off the list.
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I still get anxious every time. Same for all my running events.
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Lists! I find it makes life so much easier to make a list on the computer and print it off when doing the packing/prep for a trip. If i put it in the car, i check it off the list.
This is what I was going to say.

I always make a list of everything I need to bring to make sure I don't forget. Mine tend to be hand-written though, but I make sure to include everything I could possibly need. I'd much rather have a car full of stuff I end up not needing than get there and realize I'm missing something.
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
They send a link to a ride with GPS route (which I'd have to pull up on my phone and peer at with my glasses to use on a ride) and a cue sheet, which I never got the hang of using. And since it's a fairly small event, it's not like there will be a crowd to follow..... Sure hope the street markings are big and bright....
Most people would load the RWGPS course to their Garmin. Most events don't send the cuesheet ahead of time.
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Old 04-27-18, 09:15 AM
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We all have performance anxiety at one point or another.
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Old 04-27-18, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Ghostknife View Post
Lists! I find it makes life so much easier to make a list on the computer and print it off when doing the packing/prep for a trip. If i put it in the car, i check it off the list.
Lists! They're how a bunch of 18-year-olds run a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
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Old 04-27-18, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Ghostknife View Post
Lists! I find it makes life so much easier to make a list on the computer and print it off when doing the packing/prep for a trip. If i put it in the car, i check it off the list.
^^^^^Again this! I keep a list in my race bag in a sheet protector (Google Keep is pretty handy too).
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Triple check that you have your bike shoes!
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Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post
Triple check that you have your bike shoes!
There should always be at least a set of basic helmet, shoes, gloves, sunglasses, and chamois butter in your car.

Always.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
There should always be at least a set of basic helmet, shoes, gloves, sunglasses, and chamois butter in your car.

Always.


I broke that rule last weekend. There were supposed to be spare shoes in the car, But they somehow got removed,

& in haste I forgot the main shoes. Don't drive to ride starts that often.

It made for an uncomfortable ride in running shoes (at least not speedplay pedals), but got some extra kudos & will for sure remember to bring the shoes for a while.

Think I'll make a list now...
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Old 04-27-18, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
They send a link to a ride with GPS route (which I'd have to pull up on my phone and peer at with my glasses to use on a ride)
Routes can be exported from Ride with GPS so that you can use them on your GPS device.




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Old 04-27-18, 05:37 PM
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I wish it were as simple as making a list. I left NY for a trip to Mexico via Texas a few years ago and didn't realize I'd left my passport at home until the night before I was scheduled to fly from Dallas to Cabo. So I went to Vegas instead. Generally speaking forgetting things is not what causes the anxiety. Its the timing and the planning and the decisions: will I get enough sleep? which jacket should I take? Should I drive down the night before? Should I pack the car NOW? Do I understand the route to the start?
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Oh I make AG show me her passport every time I'm about to take her to the airport for a work trip; everything else can be bought there if must needs.

The general anxiety? I just lean into that. It means I wake up early and have plenty of time to arrive, park, set up transition, stretch, and do all of that sort of stuff (if necessary for the event). Even a civilized cup of coffee.
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Old 04-29-18, 07:06 PM
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So how did the event go? Hope all went well!

I also share a bit of anxiety about sleep the night before. I'm an early riser - don't use an alarm clock on work days (I work at home and even at that have a fairly flexible start schedule) and normally would be up in time to get ready for my Saturday or Sunday events (usually charity ride types of rides, not races). But, for some reason, knowing I HAVE to be up and out of the house results in me almost always having a very restless sleep and waking even earlier than I normally do. On a few occasions I tried taking something for sleep to address that problem but I really don't like taking pills.

One of my other, bigger anxieties is - don't laugh - is if I'll poop before I leave the house as I hate using those port-o-potties and I definitely don't want to have to go while on the ride. Then, I usually have a mug of water and a large cup (16 oz) of coffee when I wake up so I've got to factor in pee stops on the way to the event to make sure I get there on time. I'll stress a little about forgetting something but I've so far not forgotten anything important. Don't do lists (although that's a good idea) but I have some rituals to be sure I don't forget anything important.
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Old 05-01-18, 04:48 AM
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Originally Posted by dennis336 View Post
So how did the event go? Hope all went well!

I also share a bit of anxiety about sleep the night before. I'm an early riser - don't use an alarm clock on work days (I work at home and even at that have a fairly flexible start schedule) and normally would be up in time to get ready for my Saturday or Sunday events (usually charity ride types of rides, not races). But, for some reason, knowing I HAVE to be up and out of the house results in me almost always having a very restless sleep and waking even earlier than I normally do. On a few occasions I tried taking something for sleep to address that problem but I really don't like taking pills.

One of my other, bigger anxieties is - don't laugh - is if I'll poop before I leave the house as I hate using those port-o-potties and I definitely don't want to have to go while on the ride. Then, I usually have a mug of water and a large cup (16 oz) of coffee when I wake up so I've got to factor in pee stops on the way to the event to make sure I get there on time. I'll stress a little about forgetting something but I've so far not forgotten anything important. Don't do lists (although that's a good idea) but I have some rituals to be sure I don't forget anything important.
Pretty well, thanks, Dennis. I posted details and a follow up in the Weekend Ride report thread if you're curious. It wasn't until the very last minute that I decided which bike to take, but I had allowed myself plenty of time to get to the start, and if I hadn't misunderstood a couple of directions and road signs on the drive down, I probably would have been one of the first to arrive. As for your bigger anxiety - it's very serious, it's a must, and it's not something my gut will allow me to forget!
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Routes can be exported from Ride with GPS so that you can use them on your GPS device.




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Thanks, I didn't know I could download a TCX for from ridewithgps. I'll try to see if I can make better routes than with the Lezyne site.
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Hey, glad your ride went well. I had a similar experience last Saturday, going to Rome, GA ride. First big ride, driving down in AM...etc etc. Made it down intact with the exception of sunscreen---there were samples, so all good. Funny, I had more problems with my truck GPS than the ride directions---early AM/old man eyes(LOL). Cheers!
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One of my other, bigger anxieties is - don't laugh - is if I'll poop before I leave the house as I hate using those port-o-potties and I definitely don't want to have to go while on the ride. Then, I usually have a mug of water and a large cup (16 oz) of coffee when I wake up so I've got to factor in pee stops on the way to the event to make sure I get there on time.
I have that same anxiety whenever I leave my house significantly earlier than usual. It always turns into hassle if I don't.
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Pretty well, thanks, Dennis. I posted details and a follow up in the Weekend Ride report thread if you're curious. It wasn't until the very last minute that I decided which bike to take, but I had allowed myself plenty of time to get to the start, and if I hadn't misunderstood a couple of directions and road signs on the drive down, I probably would have been one of the first to arrive. As for your bigger anxiety - it's very serious, it's a must, and it's not something my gut will allow me to forget!
Great, sounds like things did work out and you had a great ride ... congrats on the speed record! I'm kind of a wimp with fast descents - I've hit the low 40's several times but, for me, it's kind of a terrifying experience rather than exhilerating (sp). I prefer those long, sweeping but not-too-steep descents where I have good visibility and my speed maxes maybe mid-30's
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Originally Posted by Ghostknife View Post
Lists! I find it makes life so much easier to make a list on the computer and print it off when doing the packing/prep for a trip. If i put it in the car, i check it off the list.
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This is what I was going to say.

I always make a list of everything I need to bring to make sure I don't forget. Mine tend to be hand-written though, but I make sure to include everything I could possibly need. I'd much rather have a car full of stuff I end up not needing than get there and realize I'm missing something.
I am meticulouis about lists when leaving home for more than a day. One reason I don't fly anywhere is so that I can bring everything I think I might need, especially for cycling.
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As a veteran of four Fifty-Plus Annual Rides, I had made up this (updated) Preparation Schedule for myself as a working professional with a family….

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Yeah, I've never been and never intend to become that organized. I'll be there. That's about all I need to know at this point.
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Well you should see my packing list…hate to arrive on time, having forgotten my bike (helmet, gloves, shoes, pump, tools, shorts, water bottle, computer, lights, extra valve stem caps…); never happened.
It's disheartening though when I can't read my own handwritten item.
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I relish the slightly nervous anticipation that sometimes comes when I think about an upcoming bigger-than-normal ride. It's a delicious feeling.

Similarly, there's a particular feeling that comes over my legs that I also enjoy once in a while. It's increasingly rare, but it usually comes during a particularly hard effort where I'm battling lactic acid and pushing my unstable/wobbly legs to give me even more. I'm not sure how to adequately describe it, but it's kind of like a wash through the muscles that mimics the feeling one gets through one's chest when drinking a particularly cold/refreshing glass of water.

Ah, the feelings of cycling. People just don't understand, do they?
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...Similarly, there's a particular feeling that comes over my legs that I also enjoy once in a while. It's increasingly rare, but it usually comes during a particularly hard effort where I'm battling lactic acid and pushing my unstable/wobbly legs to give me even more. I'm not sure how to adequately describe it, but it's kind of like a wash through the muscles that mimics the feeling one gets through one's chest when drinking a particularly cold/refreshing glass of water.

Ah, the feelings of cycling. People just don't understand, do they?
A cycling friend understood and agreed with me when I described the feeling after a long ride as "Profound Fatigue."
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A cycling friend understood and agreed with me when I described the feeling after a long ride as "Profound Fatigue."
For me, it's always a positive thing, actually, and could even be described as pleasurable. I've even coined a word for it: "leg-gasm"
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How was the event?
Were you "smooth and predictable in fast groups"???

You need to be smooth and predictable in fast groups
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