One of the thoughts I struggle with in my ongoing attempt to become a “stronger” rider is how much do I enjoy suffering. If you ask me this question when I am on the couch, I would answer “as little as possible”. Of course we all know that you can’t improve your biking (speed, distance, comfort) without some serious suffering during training. When I start most rides, I begin with thoughts like these ” I want to take a pleasurable 25-60 mile ride”. However, as I soon start to ride, I invariably start taking notice of my speed, cadence and Heart Rate and have an instinctual desire to see the first two rise and the latter fall. Further, If I see another group go past me at a faster pace, I seem to have “group jealousy” and want to join it.. So for me I have decided that I enjoy two types of rides, one where I can cruise along myself or in a group at a pace that is comfortable the entire time (16-19 mph) or a short ride that is intense. Though, if you ask me I will never mention that short intense ride!
I am curious what others feel, So free free to respond to the survey below..