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    What do you really think about while on the trail?

    What do you really spend your time thinking about on the trail?

    The Trail (I'm totally focused on the ride)
    Speed (All that matters is how fast I get where I'm going)
    Bikes (All things bike, new bikes, old bikes, bike parts)
    Work (No really, sometimes biking is where I have great ideas!)
    The Ladies (All good things related to women and their wondrous parts)
    Me to my riding buddy, "Want to ride this afternoon?"
    Him, "I can't. I have to chop this guys foot off at 2".

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    1)The Trail (I'm totally focused on the ride)
    2)Speed (All that matters is how fast I get where I'm going)

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    On the way up I think about biking. The fundamentals. My breathing, pedaling checking lines, hows the bike working things like that. Unless some hot jogger/hiker is around then its about yoga pants, legs, tank tops. On the way down its about fun, balls to the wall fun.

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    I actually couldn't tell you. All I know is, after a ride, I'm all clear and happy.
    I like turtles

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    hot p*&^%y

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    I think of the trail , my riding technique , and Mostly why I am constantly trying to push myself for improvement AND killing it out there, but then I find myself wondering why I cant just pedal and enjoy the ride, without the guilt of going as hard as I can. I always feel great when I AM finished, just don't slack off that often. I wait for that adrenaline to kick in and pedal. I like the outdoors but really never take the time to take it all in, like I used to when I just started MTBing..is this normal ??
    "do it in the dirt "

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    Constantly evaluating everything I sense so I can make the most of every ride, and the next, and the one after that. I'm also always eyeballing the scenery for potential photo shots.

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    I'm singing songs to go along with the movie in my head of the downhill I'm ripping. That and girls.
    Ripping trails and tipping ales

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    Holy shhheet I can't believe I made that corner! Here comes the launch spot. Dang! I love this trail! Gotta ride it again soon! Repeat that over and over.

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    What do you really think about while on the trail?

    Nothing
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    I'm usually focused on my ride and think of nothing but some brief thoughts filter in and then i let them go. I try to keep my thoughts positive, like self affirmations. It's like meditation on the trail
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    Depends on my ride. I am always focused on the trail and what is ahead of me. If I am riding alone I try to focus on a consistent steady pace, if I am riding with my buddies, I am focused in catching up/keeping up with them.

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    I ride to avoid thinking. On the bike I don't think, I just do. If my mind wanders I always end up on the ground.
    Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
    Nothing
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    first few hours: nothing
    last 10 minutes: buffalo wings

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    Re: What do you really think about while on the trail?

    On looking ahead I think of ways to attack the trail, where to sprint, can I pump that, those sort thing. Other than that I'm focused on riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    I'm singing songs to go along with the movie in my head of the downhill I'm ripping. That and girls.
    nice flowing single track recently I found myself whistling the theme from leave it to beaver. no idea why, not seen the show in 20 years

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    generally drift in auto pilot; especially when travelling fast and over tricky terrain (only its more focused in auto pilot).

    But when cruising along; usually I am captivated by the surroundings.

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    On the start of the climb: "This doesn't seem so bad... I feel pretty good today..."
    Middle of the climb: "It's all about constant cadence..."
    3/4 up the climb: "Go to a happy place..."
    9/10 up the climb: "Almost there... don't barf..."
    Top of the climb: "Look calm, suck in gut, small smile to the woman.."

    Beginning of the technical downhill: "Alright... love this stuff..."
    Middle of loose gravelly section: "Isaac Newton is in the drivers seat..."
    Starting rock garden: "Really? Who enjoys this stuff... don't fall, no where soft to land"
    Middle of rock garden: Easier in clipless my ass... don't fall...

    Beginning of wet muddy section: Woohoo love this stuff...
    middle of wet muddy section: Don't fall.. just cleaned car...
    End of wet muddy section: Sh*t, Gotta wash bike now...

    End of ride: Almost done... riding for Betty.

    While visiting Betty: So worth it. Not too much road rash.

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    The way I ride I'm generally anaerobic and thinking of only making the pain stop. Of course I love the pain so it's a pleasurable experience for me.
    I don't normally get lost in thought, I try to focus else I end up smacking into trees, which generally don't move over for me.

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    hot p*&^%y
    You must ride a rigid?
    I don't use Strava. Don't need an application to tell me I am slow because I already know.

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    The next 30 feet of trail. If you are thinking about anything else, you're not doing it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    The next 30 feet of trail. If you are thinking about anything else, you're not doing it right.
    Got that right, and:

    1) The Trail (I'm totally focused on the ride)
    1.5) Monitoring my strength levels at the moment, and my gearing.
    2) Safety. How can I avoid injury or blood dripping down my legs.

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    JUst the ride, anything else usually ends in me picking myself off the ground.
    Noises my bike makes that were not there last ride, if my bike makes weird creaking noises and **** that really can bother me on a ride. I like my bike to run smooth and quiet except for the whizzing of my hope hub, god I love that thing LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDM View Post
    first few hours: nothing
    last 10 minutes: buffalo wings
    This, except pizza and beer

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    I usually think about this.
    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

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    "oh god, oh god, oh god"

    with the every so often thought:

    "i really need to quit smoking" followed by a "AAAAHHHH, oh god, oh god"

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    Mine are pretty simple when riding on the trails which I think about:

    * When I ride (and got time), I am trying to have a game plan on knowing how can I give up 7-10 hours a day riding like many folks here show off on their garmin stats with clocked miles.

    * Early retirement

    * Trying Brake stuff on my bike so I can have an excuse to upgrade my components (new hub recently).

    * Thinking about how I can still haul a$$ over the technical spot w/o going OTB's!

    * What to eat and what beer I want after the ride!

    *
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    Just the ride, it's my "quiet time". No talking, no cell phones, nothing but the sounds of my bike and my lack of endurance.

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    ah so nice and quiet...alright lets get warmed up...man this bike is riding so amazing...too much brake.....shift...too little brake...oh sh!t...whew that was close to hitting the tree...man the 100% humidity sucks the oxygen right out of the air...lets see how much air i can get on this next jump...yikes never again...too old for that...this seems like a nice spot to meditate...damn that was it trailed seem shorter than last time...food.

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    Nothing but turning over the pedals and leaning the turns...it is my Zen/wu wei time...

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    On the climb up - Usually starts out with getting a sense of how my bike is feeling, then my mind wonders to any concerns I have (usually fades in and out while taking in the surrounding area) - Once finished with the climb I'm usually just focused on the ride itself. Like many have said, riding gives a sense of euphoria, especially when having a good day. Any stress I had before the ride is absolutely gone by the time I get back to my car. I must go ride now.

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    I think about how much it hurts and how I can't wait for the ride to be over. When it's over I look back and realize how much fun I just had.

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    I try not to "think" too hard when riding. That's usually when problems occur. Over think a section and instincts slow down.

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    Unplugged, man!

    My ride today capped off a 32 hour work day! Got off my 24 hours shift at the fire house and went straight to my part-time job at a clinic. Wife texted and said she'd grab the kids and I should go ride! Went home, grabbed my bike and headed to the closest trail!!

    No head phones, no nothing. Only thing I that came into my mind was how my brand new Specialized Purgatory front tire was doing on the slightly slippery trail!

    Towards the end of the loop I started thinking about the family and decided to call it quits! It was perfect timing!!
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    uphill: AGGGGHHHH! Can your heart actually explode? I'm going to die!!!!

    downhill: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!


    We really don't have anything level...

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    On tech sections its all business, I focus on the obstacle in front of me.

    On easy, flowy sections I seem to get a lot of songs in my head.

    On grinding uphills I'm eclectic. Sometimes I'm focused on cadence and breathing. Other times its random stuff like nursery rhymes. A lot of times I'm thinking about sex with the GF. I imagine the latter two are strategies to cope with the pain while climbing.

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    Should I have packed an extra beer?!
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    The excruciating inevitability of bourgeois capitalist alienation.

    But really, when I start thinking about tangible ideas I tend to crash or do stupid things.

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