- Recommend me a competitive cycling specific motivation book please.
I’m after two things, small non obvious to the general cyclist tips for gaining mechanical and biomechanical advantage, but mainly psychology, tips for coping with motivation, dark moments, wind/rain etc on endurance rides.
Road preferably but also the topic in general.
ThanksPosted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
tips for coping with motivation, dark moments, wind/rain etc on endurance rides.
Read some climbing books maybe – The Shining Mountain, how Boardman and Tasker climbed Changabang. Or Touching the Void if you’ve not read it. Walter Bonatti’s Mountains of My Life – his solo of the Petit Dru Pillar or escape from Mont Blanc.
Cyclists don’t know how easy they have it ) I’ve not read anything that shows how much you can take when it gets properly cold, tough, you’re tired, hungry and hallucinating etc in the way mountaineering books can. Maybe there’s less of a tradition of writing to pay for trips in cycling and the real hard riders I can think of haven’t written books yet. (If I’ve missed any, would be good to hear of them)Posted 4 years ago
Cool, do you fancy an 85 mile run along side my bike on Sunday? 🙂
I’ve decided that in true Obree fashion, I’m taking fig rolls instead of energy gels.
Oh and I’m going to win the sportive. Thinking anything less is the start of a negative spiral into second place…Posted 4 years agovdubber67Member
I got the Obree book a while back. Admittedly I didn’t read it all, but the but I did read seemed overly-traditional, old-school nonsense. The ‘ride yourself sick session’ on the turbo every week seemed to be one of the most un-scientific things I’ve ever read.
Mind you, it’s Obree – what did I expect! 🙂Posted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
I didn’t get on with “the chimp paradox” either, it may work as a system with coaching, but as a stand alone book to self apply I found it pretty useless dumbed down waffle.
I find books which are just stories of peoples adventures much more inspiring and motivational, as someone above said there are some really good books about climbing, I liked “the beckoning silence” and “psychovertical” I also liked “eat and run” by scott jurek which is about ultra running. There are also a couple of good books about the tour divide.Posted 4 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
, tips for coping with motivation, dark moments, wind/rain etc on endurance rides.
Isn’t this a prime case for this? Or do some reading on mindfulness – you can read all the mountaineering books in the world, but all they’ll tell you is that in brutal situations, people cam get through it all, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that reading about it will help you to cope. Mindfulness on the other hand might help you accept things for what they, because, to be brutal, most biking situations are about discomfort rather than life and death and dealing with that is about accepting it.Posted 4 years ago
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