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Any mantra/prayer before heading out the door or while on the road?

Old 04-15-10, 03:15 PM
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Any mantra/prayer before heading out the door or while on the road?

I have been riding road for about a year now. (got tired of driving to ride the MTB). Seems like I find myself saying things to myself.

Usually along the lines of "I have every right to be on the road". Or when I am getting tired "focus". Or "another idiot"

What do you say to yourself for reassurance, while dealling with cars,peds, other riders?
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Old 04-15-10, 03:23 PM
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"htfu fatboy"
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Old 04-15-10, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by allroy71 View Post
What do you say to yourself for reassurance, while dealling with cars,peds, other riders?
Nada.

I don't need reassurance. There are no doubts in my mind that I love riding whenever I can.
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Old 04-15-10, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by allroy71 View Post
Usually along the lines of "I have every right to be on the road". Or when I am getting tired "focus". Or "another idiot"
Way to start the ride off in a combative mood.

I made an oak keyrack with a mirror in it that has the following written on it with a wood-burning pen:

A hostile person lives in a hostile world.
A loving person lives in a loving world.
Everyone you meet is your mirror. -- Ken Keyes


Every once in a while my eyes catch it on the way out, and I usually have a pleasant & safe ride that day with neither confrontations nor hostility. (Probably just a coincidence though.)
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Old 04-15-10, 03:44 PM
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Oh yeah, every time I belch during a ride, it reminds me:
BRPS:
Breathing - I noticed I can sustain the same watts with a lower heart rate if I make a conscious effort at really deep belly breathing, (like they do in yoga.)
Relax - Always catch myself tensing up, especially in the shoulders which doesn't improve power or aerodynamics.
Posture - Everything feels better & faster when you elongate your spine.
Seating Position - Are you up on your sit bones and being mindful of your taint?

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Old 04-15-10, 04:02 PM
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"htfu fatboy"
I love it.
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Old 04-15-10, 04:23 PM
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I have one of these hanging from the saddles of my 2 bikes.



Silly? Sure, I'm not even Catholic but can't hurt and there is still a little bit of a retro grouch in me underneath the titanium, CF and Ergo. Riders have been relying on the Madonna of Ghisallo for a long time....
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chanting a mantra before a ride? some cyclists are weird.
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No mantra/prayer but there is this when I'm heading out the door...

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Dear Lord, please don't let me get dropped.
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I have one of these hanging from the saddles of my 2 bikes.
Don't forget one of these



The Lord helps those who help themselves...
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Old 04-15-10, 06:31 PM
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"**** off, suckers!" to my wife and kids as I close the door.
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I say the Lord's prayer before the start of every race. Pretty much covers everything.
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Old 04-15-10, 07:20 PM
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usually in my head whenever a car drives close to me or "acts" inconsiderate i shout "jagoff!!!" or "damn kids!!!" i usually shout one of these every minute or two. or if i'm going up a hill Phill Ligget is announcing in my head about how I'm such a bad ass and my brief case of destruction is brimming with pwnage.. etc etc... then someone faster rides past me and phill stops announcing for a few seconds.. then he starts back up again.. usually.
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my steel bike has a pendant bolted to it (Catholic). for racing / training on my Cdale I just put on the road id (ankle).

but I do have mental cues - breath, relax, spin, suck it up, focus, etc.
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Not really a mantra, but every time I come out of the saddle going up a hill, all I can hear is "There he goes, dancing on the pedals..."
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"the more you suffer the more beer you get to drink"
Haha. Sound the same as "htfu fatboy".
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I pray the I won't encounter a UHC rider, and that he won't headbutt me.
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I really should say a prayer, given the prevalence of idiot drivers.
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