That Extra Little Bit

by Arlyn on April 29, 2009

How much do you have to give? I’ve often wondered exactly where my personal boundaries are, now I know. Here’s how you can find out too:

Author’s note: I’m no doctor or sports trainer, but I have a distinct feeling it’s possible to kill yourself doing this so please be careful.

Step 1 – Choose a favorite piece of road where you can ride uninterrupted, preferably uphill. Go as fast as you can. Really dig deep and give everything you have.

Step 2 – Ok, now go just a little bit faster. Is it starting to hurt yet?

Step 3 – Now, give it a little more. At this point, this exercise may seem like a really stupid idea. That’s how you know it’s working.

Step 4 – Quit being a wussy, dig deeper and go faster.

Step 5 – Your whole body is screaming at you to stop. Get mad, scream back, dig deeper than you ever have and just go a little, tiny bit faster.

Congratulations, you’ve just completed one power interval for Coach Colin. Only three more to go.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

will April 30, 2009 at 12:32 pm

It may only be me,

But when I am really, really, really, pushing – trying to reach the top of a climb – I have an (almost) uncontrollable need to pee.


PS – local rides here are designed for intervals …. 1/2 km to 3 km climbs everywhere.

best, Will

Arlyn April 30, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Hi will, for me, it’s a feeling of not getting enough air and my legs get all wobbly.

Your locale is blessed with lots of beautiful climbing. I try to not think about it or I get too jealous 🙂

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