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Who else sucks in the morning?

Old 08-11-08, 09:32 PM
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Who else sucks in the morning?

When I ride in the morning it is like I am dragging a load of bricks up the first hill.

Take today for example out on the road at 8:30 am, 6 mile warm up then up the first hill ( 3 miles 1400’ ) Feels so bad I stopped and checked to make sure the brakes were not dragging after I got to the top. Five hours of riding and another 4000’ of climbing later I go up the same hill, in the same gear, carrying the same amount of water, and to boot it is now in the 80’s … It feels so much better.
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Old 08-11-08, 09:33 PM
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If I couldn't ride until 10:30am, that'd be like half the year I couldn't ride here at all.

6:00am - 6:30am is the general start time out this way in the summer...
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Old 08-11-08, 09:51 PM
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I'm with you..I'm usually dragging ass in the morning...just doesn't work for me.
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I came to this thread expecting big things.
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You need to get over it. Don't eat, get the **** up, and kill it. I can match power records at 6am, 12pm, or 8pm, as needed. I just tell my brain to shut up, and let my legs and lungs figure it out.

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I came to this thread expecting big things.
Niiiice! Didn't even cross my mind on first read...



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Old 08-11-08, 09:55 PM
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I'm the same way. I tried the morning ride thing and however appealing it was from a practical standpoint, I felt terrible.
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Old 08-11-08, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
You need to get over it. Don't eat, get the **** up, and kill it. I can match power records at 6am, 12pm, or 8pm, as needed. I just tell my brain to shut up, and let my legs and lungs figure it out.


HTFU Much?
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Old 08-11-08, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
I came to this thread expecting big things.
Big like Monica Lewinsky?
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How cold/wet is it when you ride first thing? For me, some of the best riding is first thing in the morning -- air is fresh, the roads are quiet....
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Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
I came to this thread expecting big things.
Lower your expectations. It's a pretty self-explanatory thread.
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Old 08-11-08, 10:01 PM
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my ex girlfriend did.

it was nice.
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Old 08-11-08, 10:03 PM
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I am usually slower in the morning (but still slow in the afternoon).
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I'm trying to get better at morning rides but I find the whole eating thing strange. It's bad if I eat and I am freaked out if I don't eat. I'm fine for morning races, but I usually have 3-4 hours to eat since I have to drive to all my races.
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wake up earlier, like 1hr earlier and sleep 1 or 2hrs earlier.
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I can't exercise in the morning. Morning practices were always the worst. 7:30am triathlon starts suck. I'm a night owl, all of my best riding is done in the evening.
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Old 08-11-08, 10:27 PM
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I don't see how you can feel bad in the mornings. Eat well the night before and get a good nights rest. I wake up at 6.30 on weekends and group ride starts at 8 and it takes from 5-20 minutes for me to get to the start location depending on where it is. Once the ride starts I feel great. Riding in the after noon also feels nice but morning just feels so much nicer.
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Old 08-11-08, 10:58 PM
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I have to eat at least an hour before. And I usually just have a bagel with very little cream cheese. It's one of the few things my stomach can handle and doesn't want to throw up while I'm riding.

I also need to warm up for at least 30 minutes in the mornings till I can really start mashing on gears. While in the evenings my warm ups are usually much shorter. But I normally ride early mornings mostly because I like to avoid people/cars and I don't like riding at night. Also most group rides are in the early morning.
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I usually feel like crap for my first 20 or so miles in the morning, then I start to feel much better. It all depends on your natural metabolism.
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Old 08-11-08, 11:01 PM
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some people just arent morning people. we should give them help & encouragement.
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Just eat. Try some yogurt, granola or oatmeal about an hour before you ride. You should be fine.
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Old 08-12-08, 08:53 AM
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Oh you pathetic, misguided, lost weenies. True Self Loathing isn't tethered to some earthly constraint like a clock. Cycling Zen can only be achieved upon the realization that you SUCK ALL THE TIME.
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Yeah, seriously I'm pretty worthless in the morning. Absolutely hate working out in the morning. My best climbs (rock climbing) and rides are done after noon.

To be honest, I love it! There are less people doing these activities in the afternoon for the most part because it seems like everyone else works out in the morning.
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I love riding in the morning, HTFU!
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Oh you pathetic, misguided, lost weenies. True Self Loathing isn't tethered to some earthly constraint like a clock. Cycling Zen can only be achieved upon the realization that you SUCK ALL THE TIME.
While it may be true that I suck all the time (I should get self-loathing points for that), I do suck less after noon and reach my best potential around 4-6pm.
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