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about when your are on those long lonely familiar routes to wile away the hours?
For example i do a fair few of the challenges on strava so i have big,hilly long rides at the weekends but stick to a well used 20 mile flat course monday to friday after work and there aint much enjoyment in the dark and cold on the same route night after night (but once ive started a challenge im a bit anal i have to finish it!)
So ive tried singing, counting drain covers on certain sections (not good up hills!) , trying to finish sections before 10 cars pass me (very rarely win that one) and tonight stopping pedaling for 5 seconds every time im passed but i just wondered how you folks saw off the winter tedium?

Or maybe im just odd  4

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thelimopit [139 posts] 2 years ago
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I like cycling precisely because I don't really think about anything. To start with my mind's going all over the place, but after a while all I'm really concentrating on is where my front wheel's going and if I'm going to have to brake suddenly. It's a zen-like state of bliss.

But after that phase I generally start having conversations with the wildlife.

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dunnoh [198 posts] 2 years ago
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Sometimes I wish it was over and my legs just don't work properly. What keeps me doing it is entering the Tour of Flanders. Gives me a purpose.

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SimonT1971 [35 posts] 2 years ago
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Getting warm again, wondering if I can fit the reflective shoecovers over the neoprene ones as I can't feel my feet, thinking of how much more competitive it will make me on the Sunday club ride and generally enjoying the dark space that provides peace and solitude with a small lashing over fear that the car will not see me, when it comes round the corner doing 60!

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 2 years ago
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Have really good ideas about everything and then forget them as soon as I swing my leg back off.

Otherwise, I pretend that there are some Rapha guys to obliterate.

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ragtimecyclist [158 posts] 2 years ago
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What do i think about...? Depends on the circumstances.

If i've skived off work to go for a ride, i think 'what a productive use of company time this is'.

If it's Saturday morning i think 'why, oh why did i have to open that second bottle of wine last night'.

If i'm out riding with one of my skinny, Rapha clad mates, i think 'ok...i get it...now will you f**kin' slow down!'

Otherwise i'm with the limopit above, and it's conversations with wildlife - geese are usually good.

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arrieredupeleton [576 posts] 2 years ago
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Raleigh wrote:

Have really good ideas about everything and then forget them as soon as I swing my leg back off.

Otherwise, I pretend that there are some Rapha guys to obliterate.

The first bit: I've had too many Dragons Den inventions in my head to mention. Almost all have evaporated on the roadside....

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AWPeleton [3321 posts] 2 years ago
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I coach my sons football team so i go through the last match, the next one and try to plan the training sessions for the next week.

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skitza [94 posts] 2 years ago
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yesterdays 60 odd miler down to Brighton and back i annoyingly got the song 'five four three two one' stuck in my head for four friggin hours  21

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Efe M. Balli [14 posts] 2 years ago
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Singing, that relieves boredom and may even fire you up. Whistling maybe, if you have the breath.
Trying to figure out how many watts you're pushing, your cadence, wheel RPM etc.
(you're supposed not to have indicators for any of these, except for speedo)
Looking at your shadow and watch yourself pedal.

I do these when accompanying a slower friend. When I'm alone(or with a faster friend) my brain does not receive enough blood to do any of these.

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jollygoodvelo [1422 posts] 2 years ago
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arrieredupeleton wrote:
Raleigh wrote:

Have really good ideas about everything and then forget them as soon as I swing my leg back off.

Otherwise, I pretend that there are some Rapha guys to obliterate.

The first bit: I've had too many Dragons Den inventions in my head to mention. Almost all have evaporated on the roadside....

Glad it's not just me that does this.  4

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pants [238 posts] 2 years ago
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Sometimes when I am sure no one is looking, I do the no hands running man thing.

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Mikeh789 [132 posts] 2 years ago
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If its cold & wet, why the hell haven't I got some overshoes yet!!

Otherwise I like to run through previous cycling visits to Mallorca & particularly like to recall my ride of 'Sa Trencagarrons' sportive; the only way to be able to ride the road to the summit of Puig Major.

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egb [43 posts] 2 years ago
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The first third of the ride is spent wondering when my legs will warm to the task, the second pondering my university work, the third cursing my lack of fitness when I realise I've plotted a route that involves the last 25km being mostly uphill and against the wind  102 .

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philtregear [114 posts] 2 years ago
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its cold. get warm soon. did i remember everything. car. feel thirsty. car. man with dog. left turn. change gear. they`re watching TV. brake. car. slippery bit. drink. car. right turn. postman. its getting lighter now.

these thoughts are interrupted by fantasies of alpine ascents at the front of the peloton on a hot july day.

its raining. car. dog. shit on road. feeling cold now. how much longer? car. fingers going numb. drink. people at bus stop. pheasant. brake. car. change gear. bum hurts.

for ever and ever and ever.

some call this mindfulness.

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skitza [94 posts] 2 years ago
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philtregear wrote:

its cold. get warm soon. did i remember everything. car. feel thirsty. car. man with dog. left turn. change gear. they`re watching TV. brake. car. slippery bit. drink. car. right turn. postman. its getting lighter now.

these thoughts are interrupted by fantasies of alpine ascents at the front of the peloton on a hot july day.

its raining. car. dog. shit on road. feeling cold now. how much longer? car. fingers going numb. drink. people at bus stop. pheasant. brake. car. change gear. bum hurts.

for ever and ever and ever.

some call this mindfulness.

Quality, well put  41