Staying focused during not very fun lap races.
How do all you top guys manage to stay focused in 24 hour races where the course is dull and boring? I did my 3rd 24 solo this weekend and really struggled keeping the motivation up after about 15 hours, because i just wasn't enjoying the lap very much at all, lots of effort with very little reward on the downhills. My lap times started to go way down as a result, and i ended up sitting out for about five hours, couldn't bear the thought of another lap.
Tiredness wasn't much of an issue, as i felt a lot better at the end then after my last 24, and i placed way down to where i should have been in relation to other riders my standard and higher.
Does the focus get easier the more you do them? How do you deal with these kind of races, or is it better to avoid courses where this might happen.
Yeh....I hear you on this one...I don't know if you were at the same 24 I was doing this last weekend (Boggs in CA) but that course is fun and keeps your attention. Here is what I have done in the past on some less than interesting courses:
>Break the race down into small parts and set goals ahead of time for each segment to
>Make small goals of catching the next rider ahead of you....then the next....
>Find someone of similar pace to talk to for awhile......
>Have your crew go on a pizza run if you eek out just two more laps, etc.....
>Count how many small shiney eyeballs per lap reflect off of your lights from the bushes adjoining the trail (skunks, rabbits, dead hikers)......
>If all else fails you can attempt to solve the global financial crisis in your head while
you pedal.....this will make you mad and improve your lap times.....
For me 24 hours goes by fairly fast but I can relate to the fact they would tend to drag the first 3-4 I did. Now I simply break them down into simple terms: Start to dusk: Don't go out too fast....Dusk to dawn: own the night.....Dawn to end: push to the end......
Thanks, no it wasn't that race
I do the first one, break it into six hour blocks which has worked in the past, and mini target where it gets dark and bright.
2 is a good idea, but i had pretty bad pit support at this race for most of it, so never really knew where i was standing.
I can often find riders of similar pace to talk to, but this was mostly a team event with riders flying past me.
Think about the groupies.
Beer is for the end of the race
And I don't have any groupies .
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