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    If it is a grind I will think as others do, in little sections: make it to the next rock, turn, etc. And try to convince myself that I am fine and the pounding in my chest is Kieth Moon on drums. I am still new enough at this that if it is a technical section I still have to think about riding. It will be nice when I don't have to think about anything just feel the ride. Slim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnieron12 View Post
    Im usually mentally singing some song thats stuck in my head.
    Ditto. I actually breath to the tune. I think it makes the other guys think I'm going to collapse because I'm breathing so hard and irregularly. But it works for me.

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    I think about what a good workout I'm getting. When I feel a good pain in my legs I like to thing my legs are getting stronger so I keep going, and when i feel a bad pain I just stop for a little.

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    When I'm riding a grind hard I think "This seemed like such a good idea at the time."

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    the beer siting in the cooler.

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    What do you think of when you're pushing hard?

    Usually I sing or hum whatever songs I've been listening to lately.

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    "Just keep spinning, just keep spinning, just keep spinning spinning spinning…"

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    Things I think about...

    1. Getting feet the right way around... For cornering
    2. Corner... To fast... BREAK!!!
    3. Can I get over that rock. Yup oh **** another!!
    4. Hmm mates pulling away. Pedal harder
    5. Sheezz I'm tired, shift down.
    6. Damn can't shake my mate. Pedal harder!!!


    Generally I'm pretty focused when riding, saying that I've had some pretty silly crashes when my mind is wandering and not on the task at hand.

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    My only thought is 'pain is temporary'...

    I always push myself because I know after sitting at home a hour after a ride I'd be pissed if I didn't push myself.
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    On a long climb I'm usually thinking, "Why the $^$%# am I doing this?"

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    Downhill:
    Which rocks do I avoid? How much grip do I have? Go faster? Slow down?

    Uphill:
    Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Keep pushing.

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    I hope I don't hurt her.

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    Re: What do you think of when you're pushing hard?

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    I hope I don't hurt her.

    edit: oops wrong thread
    Not sure that would hurt her ^^

    Might pop her if she's inflatable!

    On topic: '1 & 1'... up the hill to my home... 1 foot in front of the other, so to speak...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BumpityBump View Post
    How glad I am to live in the mountains.
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    What's my heart monitor showing!?
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    Oh Shlt was there a spider on that web? how big is he and where is he? I think I can feel something on my neck no its my ear oh wait its my cheek. Wait I was going to fast if a spider was on the web it would be dead, shlt who am I kidding I feel something in my helmet.

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    Well, since I got back into riding the trails sometimes I think "I must be crazy for doing this" as I ride over the rocky stuff with switchbacks and climbs. But I also think about when I go through sections that used to give me trouble that I now know how to go through them without out getting stuck and falling over. Now I know where I have to put my front wheel. And when I get a little squirrely because I'm tired I can unclip on time instead of falling over. I think about how I'm getting better and increasing my endurance (just a little bit). But last weekend when I ride fresh on the trail I have my spot where I take my first rest along the trail. Well I managed to ride past that point before needing to take my first rest. I think about all those things.
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    "quit being a b*tch" That's uphill and down

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    Re: What do you think of when you're pushing hard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Samuryan View Post
    "quit being a b*tch" That's uphill and down
    Was telling myself this exact sentiment on Friday during my 2hr ride when I tackled a lot of climbs... Seemed to help

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    Just as I checked my gps tracking on trail I frequent was thinking, S##t Yer, smashing yesterday's time. Was roughly 30 seconds later I went flying over the handlebars...

    Other times usually go something like. "ahhh!" "s##t that was close" "ouch" and general "why am I doing this to myself" as I'm struggling up a hill

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    Great thread. Some of us are much more scattered than others.

    Ideally i'd be in some kind of meditative zone while cranking away, perfectly at peace with my burning muscles, breathing and pedal strokes.

    Usually i'm the opposite, with a dozen random things in my head. I'm with the others here, though; downhill i'm much more focused.

    Occasionally i'll count to keep a nice cadence with my pedalling (to a hundred and then over and over). It's kind of silly but it really helps me stay with my ride.

    This all relates to the the long grinds and generally somewhat boring local riding I have. Technical riding or new territory keeps my attention much better!

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    I'm trying so hard...how could my wife fall asleep :-( ;-)

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    One of the routes I take I am in granny gear for an hour and a half. I say to myself quite often that "You are supposed to be enjoying this."

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    I think how much I miss my Honda :P

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    I generally think about all the tips I'm going to make at the bar that night telling tourist what I did before work today. Oh and also why god did I pick this route today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigVaz View Post
    My only thought is 'pain is temporary'...

    I always push myself because I know after sitting at home a hour after a ride I'd be pissed if I didn't push myself.
    ^^^
    One of my biggest "keep going you idiot" thoughts is being afraid I'm not working hard enough. If I finish a tough climb and I have any energy left I feel a bit disappointed cause I should have likely gone harder.
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    I just keep telling myself on the hard climbs for me.. Its better to ride up than walk.. Its better to ride up than walk.. Oh yeah and the girl with the nice red shorts I passed earlier running.. Yeah

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    I usually push hard to not walk on climbs but usually I think I'm going to die. That's the hard spot to push for me.

    I rode up a 6 mile climb with a friend who had a granny gear and was stuck using 30/36 while he just spun away. I just refused to walk unless he did after awhile I stopped worrying about the climb. Once we made the climb nothing bothered me the rest of the day though.
    I like to fart when I'm in front of you on a climb

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    "Pedal Daddy Pedal!"

    ...runs through my head when I need to dig deep.

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    On Sunday, a friend and I were pedaling up a trail which was probably a good 3 miles up. We started talking about football and the 49ers. We're both fans and hate Colin Kaepernick. We were venting and just getting so upset. By the time we knew it, we were done with the climb.

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    If I'm having a good day on the bike, I really don't think about anything. I just sort of clear my head, the same way I used to when motorcycling. I usually just enjoy the scenery when I get a chance, or focus on what's ahead.

    If I'm struggling that day though, I tend to do the worst possible things. I think about how much I'm hurting, who's dumbass idea (usually mine) it was to come and do this anyway, and who the hell sucked up all the fvcking oxygen out of the air before I got here?

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    When I’m riding solo, during the “grind” part of climbs, I tend to analyze a current issue, stringing together some of my most lucid thoughts on the subject. It always surprises me how much better I can logically explain something in my head when I’m riding - makes me wish I could record my thoughts somehow.

    When the “grunts” come along, all my thoughts suddenly vanish...My mind quietly slips right into the moment, and I’m usually cresting the top before I know it.

    I absolutely love this about climbing.

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    I think about how when I'm not able to ride how much I enjoy riding. What I mean to say is I remind myself just how much I miss riding when it's too wet out or when work gets in the way.

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    Wow! I can't believe I didn't crash back there.

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    *Newbe comments*

    "What made you think you could shift up here!!!!!!!!!"

    "My goodness, riding downhill is as hard as riding uphill!!!!"

    "Oh good, I'm back to where I turned around last time."

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    "This is why you're here, Kevin."

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    I always wish I was lighter.
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    What goes up...must come down.

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    I'm sure that leaf rubbing on my rear wheel will fall out any minute now...I wonder if it's slowing me down...no, just making noise...I'm certainly not going to stop to remove it...geez that's one tough leaf...any minute now...

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    When I'm "pushing hard", I usually think to myself...

    "Maybe I should get back on the bike now"

    That happened right about here ("X") on today's ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabrodis View Post
    What do you think of when you're trying to push hard on the bike?

    I know road riding is more of a 'put your head down and pedal' type of activity but even with mountain biking there are always sections of trails and roads that are boring and you are just grinding out miles with no adrenaline.

    I'm not sure if I think of anything, maybe the scenery briefly...then my pedal stroke...I usually try to actually think about how my legs feel, i.e. do they really hurt or am I thinking they hurt just cause I know I'm going hard and in theory they should hurt. I often times will fiddle around with trying different muscles, point toes, then drop heels, then focus on upstroke, then focus on quads, etc...trying to keep muscles fresh and giving my brain something to think about.

    I have non-riding friends that will ask what I thought about during some 7+ hour event and I think back and honestly can't think of much. I guess I go braindead a bit with focus on the immediate task...
    "I must be the worst mountain biker. I'm so slow. Where's the fun in this?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshevilleMtBiker View Post
    "I must be the worst mountain biker. I'm so slow. Where's the fun in this?"

    Ride your bike for what makes it fun to you.
    I like to fart when I'm in front of you on a climb

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    All the above. Thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider76 View Post
    Ride your bike for what makes it fun to you.
    That's what I do. I like steep hills. I gain elevation and get to go downhill. Some hills just get to me sometimes.

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    push HARDER, DO NOT give in....breathe... yup thats it

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    I set goals using features like a tree, shade, the top of a hill, etc. I hate walking, so I tell myself if I've done it before, I can do it again. Pushing a 1 X 10 32T 11-36, so no more bail-out gear. It's funny what you can get used to when you have no choice! Lastly, I try to push my breathing low in my torso, and focus on controlling my breathing. Now I enjoy climbing as much as descending.

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