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Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #150 on: December 08, 2010, 07:23:20 pm »
What is a 'wee lock' and where can I buy one?

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Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #151 on: December 08, 2010, 10:10:04 pm »
Is it the same as a stop cock?

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Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #152 on: December 08, 2010, 10:20:53 pm »
When I started audax a few years ago I used to spend a lot of time mile-watching and counting down the distance to the next control.  I realised that what I was doing was, in effect, spending most of the ride looking forward to finishing rather than enjoying the ride.  Hiding the computer behind the routesheet holder helped a bit, but the psychological breakthrough came on my first 300 when I decided that rather than thinking about the distance I would think instead about enjoying a full day out on the bike.

I have overcome my arewenearlythereyet-itis by thinking of a 200 as a day out, a 300 is a long day (dawn till dusk), 400 is a night ride - with a ride to the start and from the finish, and 600 is a weekend on the bike.  

I had real doubts about finishing the 600 as the route passed my house just after the mid-point control and I knew that I would have motivation problems leaving the house at 1am to ride another 300k.  This was where riding with a group (including clubmates who I'd ridden the other SR events with) really helped.  The first mile or so was tough, but once our group was together again I had no more doubts about finishing.
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Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #153 on: December 13, 2010, 11:20:45 am »
When I started audax a few years ago I used to spend a lot of time mile-watching and counting down the distance to the next control.  I realised that what I was doing was, in effect, spending most of the ride looking forward to finishing rather than enjoying the ride.  Hiding the computer behind the routesheet holder helped a bit, but the psychological breakthrough came on my first 300 when I decided that rather than thinking about the distance I would think instead about enjoying a full day out on the bike.

I regard this as an 'advanced beginner' advice. If you can ditch the km/time calculations, then you become better cyclist by attitude, I believe. I am often not able to this. But I make an effort, put the GPS to map-only and ride till the next control. It is not that easy ...
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Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #154 on: December 13, 2010, 02:17:06 pm »
I also aspire to one day being so sure of my speed that I know I won't finish out of time and don't even have to look at a clock. At this stage that zen state is some way off from my current reality!

steveindenmark

Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #155 on: December 13, 2010, 04:52:02 pm »
I feel a bit of a fraud because 2011 will be my first Audax season but I am an ex marathon runner and can draw on that experience for this information.

Set off at your own pace, right from the off.

In my first marathon I set off with the pack at far too fast a pace. At 20 miles I hit "The Wall". My tanks were totally empty and I had to manage the last 6 miles on heart, mind and will power, all because I went off too quick, being caught up in the excitement.

It took weeks to recover, not just physically but also mentally.

My next 3 marathons I just enjoyed the run. Chatted to people and stopped for cups of tea. It was far more enjoyable and not that much slower than my first marathon.

This is how I will approach Audax rides. I will know what time I have to finish and try to enjoy the ride and not race it.

Steve

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Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #156 on: December 13, 2010, 04:54:45 pm »
My next 3 marathons I just enjoyed the run. Chatted to people and stopped for cups of tea. It was far more enjoyable and not that much slower than my first marathon.

You'll like Audaxing. Not only does it involve regular stops for a cup of tea but you also get to have a slice of cake!

steveindenmark

Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #157 on: December 14, 2010, 03:37:31 pm »

CAKE

I like it better already  :P

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Re: training tips for 600kms audax events
« Reply #158 on: December 14, 2010, 03:41:59 pm »
I feel a bit of a fraud because 2011 will be my first Audax season but I am an ex marathon runner and can draw on that experience for this information.

Set off at your own pace, right from the off.

In my first marathon I set off with the pack at far too fast a pace. At 20 miles I hit "The Wall". My tanks were totally empty and I had to manage the last 6 miles on heart, mind and will power, all because I went off too quick, being caught up in the excitement.

It took weeks to recover, not just physically but also mentally.

My next 3 marathons I just enjoyed the run. Chatted to people and stopped for cups of tea. It was far more enjoyable and not that much slower than my first marathon.

This is how I will approach Audax rides. I will know what time I have to finish and try to enjoy the ride and not race it.

Steve

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