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

    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...

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    Im usually mentally singing some song thats stuck in my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy View Post
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    I think of anything and everything when Im riding ... when Im doing a difficult technical section, the Im hyperfocused (and kind of encouraging myself and cheering myself on )
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    Re: What do you think of when you're pushing hard?

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    I am concentrating to minimize splash back.
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    Hurting people who have pissed me off, techno music, catching the next person on the trail, catching air, "Oo look, DEER." Should I hit the two-track, the new Dodge Hellcat Challenger, where I want to fish next, buying property in the mountains, "Was that a chick squating behind that tree?" Football training camp starting, hockey training camp starting, my wifes cootch, cutting the grass, getting a new computer, "Damn, I'm glad I finally bought this suspension bike." What time it is, Redeemer of Souls, Landscaping the yard, next years strawberry garden, printer paper, Tenneesee whiskey, model rocketry, work, "Was that a raindrop I just felt?" Dragracing, (pause)..........................................H itting the ATM, wife's cootch, "$HIT, I think my Camelback is leaking! No it's cool." Nice carve, nice logover, nice air....YeeHah! "Damn equestrians." cleaning my bike taking a shower, riding again.
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    Im usually mentally singing some song thats stuck in my head.
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    FIFY

    I think of anything and everything when Im riding ... when Im doing a difficult technical section, the Im hyperfocused (and kind of encouraging myself and cheering myself on )
    This is me. All kinds of things run through my head when I'm grinding away, especially when ascending.
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    How good that growler of DIPA is going to taste when I get out of the woods.

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    The only thing I think when going hard on the bike:

    "Faster, faster, faster, faaster...you're not going fast enough, faster!"
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    Had to check this thread just to see if Boobs made the list. Not disappointed
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    quite random things run through my mind, but the loudest always is "push harder, if I don't die this time, I will be a better MTBer next time "

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

    Quote Originally Posted by mopartodd View Post
    Hurting people who have pissed me off, techno music, catching the next person on the trail, catching air, "Oo look, DEER." Should I hit the two-track, the new Dodge Hellcat Challenger, where I want to fish next, buying property in the mountains, "Was that a chick squating behind that tree?" Football training camp starting, hockey training camp starting, my wifes cootch, cutting the grass, getting a new computer, "Damn, I'm glad I finally bought this suspension bike." What time it is, Redeemer of Souls, Landscaping the yard, next years strawberry garden, printer paper, Tenneesee whiskey, model rocketry, work, "Was that a raindrop I just felt?" Dragracing, (pause)..........................................H itting the ATM, wife's cootch, "$HIT, I think my Camelback is leaking! No it's cool." Nice carve, nice logover, nice air....YeeHah! "Damn equestrians." cleaning my bike taking a shower, riding again.
    That's pretty much where my brain is riding...although I'm not typically thinking about YOUR wife's cootch (but I'm sure it's lovely) :-D

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    My college roommate was my "cycling coach". He was wayyyyy faster than me, but he taught me how to spin, climb, sprint, etc. I taught him how to ride over a log, jump, and ride in sand.
    If I'm really hammering, all I can still hear is "C'MON YOU P***Y!!"
    THAT's motivation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dietz31684 View Post
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    and how is thes any different than when you are eating, at work, waiting for mass transit, shopping for groceries, filing your income taxes, cutting your grass, repairing stuff, getting a hair cut etc......

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    If I am grinding it out and Im tired I think about hammering the 6 feet of trail in front of me, and then the next 6, and then the next 6.....`
    "Im just going to explore a little bit..."

    Dont make me be the bad guy...

    Do I need a pass to ride this trail?

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    The 4 B's; Boobs, (not to steel your thunder) butts, bacon, and beer!!!!

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    I think of all the extra food I get to eat that day. I also look forward to landmarks I know in the climb as a motivator, and stopping for a snack after I reach my next goal. And I think of Boobs.

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    Nothing except that I feel like I'm about to explode and way above my ability to make sound decisions or recover to a reasonable HR.

    However, if I'm bonked, I usually get some stupid song in my head, that's a different situation, usually from pushing too hard earlier, but I'll start singing "aint nothing going to break my stride, ain't nobody going to slow me down, I've got to keep on movin"
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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