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  • @Ron

    I’ve been practicing mindfulness of late as well and it’s been helping in all areas of life. I’m really, really bad at living in the moment, as my mind is essentially one of those rubber balls from the machines in the grocery store. Even when I’m working on one task, something enjoyable, like cleaning and lubing the bikes, I’m thinking…

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  • @Ccos

    Not even. The most I would get was looks of pity as the bars or syringes of gel were being unwrapped and handed to me.

    The lack of music, etc did make the rides more challenging! To keep the conditions in the lab as controlled as possible talking was minimal and music/videos weren’t used.

  • @Ccos

    The ride simulated in the test does fluctuate in its intensity – kind of like doing intervals over a period of hours, but with some ‘rest’ sections longer than others (and some of the hard blocks seemingly stretching out for ages) – so you’re not strictly redlining the entire time, but it does take you to your limits. The quantity of…[Read more]

  • @lanternerouge has been kind enough to go into the V-cave for the betterment of all, and write about it. Eating and riding, they don’t mix well; the harder you ride, the less you can eat. No one is hungry when […]

    • @flatlander what a terrific read. Chapeau mate. I’ve never been beyond two hours on the turbo so respect for your turn. Even with my #1 shorts my root gets so numb that I worry about my long term fertility.

    • Sorry @lanternerouge, I got a message from flatlander and I can’t multitask!

    • No tunes? No ear buds ? Dang.

    • Uh, I could save Mathilde there some trouble: there aint a whole lot of blood going to your innards when you’re redlining (its going to your lungs and legs mostly and not so much to your brain and other places). The more calories you put into your gut the more problems you’re gonna have. Your travails remind me of the metabolism and physiology studies which were published in the 1950’s which always seemed to have as their test subjects either medical students or prisoners…

    • @Ccos

      The ride simulated in the test does fluctuate in its intensity – kind of like doing intervals over a period of hours, but with some ‘rest’ sections longer than others (and some of the hard blocks seemingly stretching out for ages) – so you’re not strictly redlining the entire time, but it does take you to your limits. The quantity of carbohydrate we were given was the same every week – sometimes in a sports drink only, sometimes in gels and water. In any case, what you would usually ingest over a hard ride. But I agree, eating bars does present some challenges to an already stressed out system!

      When looking at my ride data at the end of the study I was surprised to find that I actually performed pretty well eating the bars.

    • @lanternerouge

      Was Mathilde at least taunting you? That seems to help sometimes…

    • @Ccos

      Not even. The most I would get was looks of pity as the bars or syringes of gel were being unwrapped and handed to me.

      The lack of music, etc did make the rides more challenging! To keep the conditions in the lab as controlled as possible talking was minimal and music/videos weren’t used.

    • @lanternerouge

      Great read. One that justifies my choice of not doing it.

    • Great article @lanternerouge. I was a lab rat for a pretty similar study last year and a lot of stuff you mentioned here really rings true – especially how crappy the saddles on lab bikes are!

    • Wow, what an experiment. Good on ya for taking the test!

      I’ve been practicing mindfulness of late as well and it’s been helping in all areas of life. I’m really, really bad at living in the moment, as my mind is essentially one of those rubber balls from the machines in the grocery store. Even when I’m working on one task, something enjoyable, like cleaning and lubing the bikes, I’m thinking of the next task. I’ve been working on breathing and just focusing on the moment. In only a few weeks it has helped big time!

      The closest thing I’ve done to this, which is not even close, was an hour long spin session to raise money for a charity last year. Other riders, a leader, music…but not moving and no scenery made it a long hour. I moved south a few years ago, so I’m completely out of rollers mode.

      I’ve been doing my own nutrition test of late too. As much as I like to drink Recovery Ales and rest with a full stomach (I LOVE napping after eating!), it wasn’t helping anything. A few weeks of diligence and I’ve dropped 3 kgs. The bibs feel like bibs again, not a girdle. Was looking at wheelsets in my mates garage yesterday post-ride and caught myself in the mirror. Ha, finally fit again. It’s amazing how just a small bit of discipline changes everything.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • @lanternerouge

      @brett

      “Mathilde is a French student…”

      Very surprised that @brett didn’t sign up for this experiment.

    • @Ron

      I’ve been practicing mindfulness of late as well and it’s been helping in all areas of life. I’m really, really bad at living in the moment, as my mind is essentially one of those rubber balls from the machines in the grocery store. Even when I’m working on one task, something enjoyable, like cleaning and lubing the bikes, I’m thinking of the next task. I’ve been working on breathing and just focusing on the moment. In only a few weeks it has helped big time!

      I hear you on the mindfulness stuff – I’m also a sucker for getting distracted by plans, when I should be living in the moment! Cool that you’ve found some techniques that work for you. I need to get more into practice again too. Thanks for sharing!

    • Why does part of me want to try this?

      In other circumstances it might be described as ‘torture’, or at least ‘abuse’.

      Awesome.

    • @RobSandy

      Why does part of me want to try this?

      In other circumstances it might be described as ‘torture’, or at least ‘abuse’.

      Awesome.

      Because finding your limits always sounds like “fun” no matter what you are riding. I think it sounds like a great way to spend a Friday!

    • @AJ

      @RobSandy

      Why does part of me want to try this?

      In other circumstances it might be described as ‘torture’, or at least ‘abuse’.

      Awesome.

      Because finding your limits always sounds like “fun” no matter what you are riding. I think it sounds like a great way to spend a Friday!

      Quite. I had a horrible turbo session last night and thought of this article.

    • AJ replied 4 years ago

      @RobSandy

      @AJ

      @RobSandy

      Why does part of me want to try this?

      In other circumstances it might be described as ‘torture’, or at least ‘abuse’.

      Awesome.

      Because finding your limits always sounds like “fun” no matter what you are riding. I think it sounds like a great way to spend a Friday!

      Quite. I had a horrible turbo session last night and thought of this article.

      My reverse winter is coming. Temps over 43C are looming on the horizon and I try to keep the time spent outside in that to a minimum. I will be doing 2-3 days a week inside on the trainer, luckily my V-Cave is pretty well setup.

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