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    What mental games do you play with yourself?

    Those long climbs, the short pinchy ones that you rarely get. The long spin sessions on the flats. The last hour of a race. The end of a long training ride.

    We don't have any other gears to fall back on so it quickly becomes a mental game.

    What gets you through it?

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    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    I grew up thinking my Dad was bullet-proof. I wanted to be everything he was, and still do. He was one to always applaud a real effort. About 13 him and I started a real competitive streak. Now at 24 and 39 years old it's still there(stepdad technically) so it's always running through my head "My old man can do that...no way i'm letting him out do me!"

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    I like that. Competition always makes you try harder.

    I had a big ride on the weekend, and had the time to myself to examine what worked for me. When on a long climb, I try to find a good rhythm, matching my breathing with my pedal stroke, usually 1:2, but switching to 1:1 if it gets steeper.

    On the pinchy stuff, I feel each stroke and tell myself that it's only a small portion of the strength I have.

    On all climbs, I try not to look further ahead than I need to. Looking just a few meters ahead allows me to trick my mind into believing that the trail isn't that steep.

    I do get competitive with mates on the trail of course, but I'm always listening to my body and will back off if I need to. I don't listen to music, but on my fastest times, I've usually got a song stuck in my head. The music seems to make it easier to keep the mind on the trail than thinking of other stuff.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    I like to ride at night and i seem to climb better at night too. I reckon it's because i don't/can't see too far ahead. During the day i try not to look up at the long climb ahead of me and just will myself on. I also try to regulate my breathing...slowly getting better at that.

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    What mental games do you play with yourself?

    My wife is my motivation. Last year she had 4 surgeries, 6 rounds of chemo and 37 treatments of radiation to combat breast cancer. She didn't quit, so I don't. A hill is nothing compared to that. So I chant to my self: "4-6-37"

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    That's humbling to the rest of us MadMacMan.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    That's humbling to the rest of us MadMacMan.
    abso friggin lutely. Wow, just wow.

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