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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:19 am 
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I just get off the trainer and go eat half a tub of ice cream then complain about how I'm not getting anywhere with my training program because my coach is crap and doesn't understand my needs wants and desires. Then I cry myself to sleep and sometimes I suck my thumb.

Wow! That was really liberating.

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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:35 am 
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nicemonkey wrote:
I had a particularly hard strength training session on the turbo today (Z4/5) and I cracked half way through, my legs were OKish but my head cracked at the end of a Z5 rep.

I have tried the usual, looking out the window, radio etc but is there any little tips that others use that I could try...other than growing a pair obviously! :)


Take each rep at a time. If I have a brutal trainer session planned I try not to think in terms of 5-10 reps of suffering. I think in terms of one quality rep at a time, planned recovery then complete the next rep.

I also don't set a target for number of reps just count the number of quality reps performed. Some days will be good and some will be bad. Once you crack there is no sense in finishing the workout. That is just pointless overload and training the body to ride slow.

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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:42 am 
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To the OP, what kind of workouts are you doing?

I find 2x20 on a turbo is pretty mind-numbing, but if I do criss-cross work, bursts, or suchlike, then that keeps my concentration on what level I'm gunning for rather than the fact that my legs are about to cave.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:14 pm 
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Bad Brains on the iPod, max volume and go ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:02 am 
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Grinding your teeth as recommended :x
If you're really going slow then blood in your eyes and keep grinding :twisted:
Like punk? 3 minutes boost for every interval ride you find here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKuKPQAlMEA
Ever cried during a workout? Some find it relieving though; or pull on yellow jersey and imagine fighting for it like Voeckler in 2004 and today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUXL7XkVi7c
Whatever you do don't stop! :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:19 pm 
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I think about the TT I lost by 4 seconds, the mtn bike race I lost in the sprint for the finish, or when I got popped on the last big roller after having kept up on the big climb just before. These motivate me to keep the foot on the gas.


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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:50 pm 
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Tokyo Drifter wrote:
"gape the dang"

a meaningless expression that a friend of a friend recites. hard as nails and it gets him out of seriously deep ruts. (simpson desert race, anyone?)



"gape the dang" it is then.... love it.


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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:30 am 
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It just takes discipline.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8klW9trVTQ

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 Post subject: Re: Mental strength
PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:08 am 
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The bonus to all this is that in a race the same mindset is really handy when the legs are screaming but you know if you can just close that gap you're still in contention.

It's as much about being able to 'out suffer' the next guy as anything else.

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