percentages and fractions, also what works for me. It’s even better on shorter intervals i find, cause I need to get it right quickly before i miss another “big step”, like a 5%er, or something like that
Rick and Morty has keept me through quite a fair number of tough workouts.
It’s mindless enough that I don’t need to pay attention, but stupid enough that it distracts me from the work.
Not really suitable for anything harder than SS I found, however.
So, that works for me, too, for much harder workouts.
I try to place myself in a mental posture where I realise this moment, here, now, is the one that makes me faster.
Also, thinking “if you’re hurting now, the guys behind you are hurting, too.” works wonders, especially in over/unders, where you really feel like giving up and letting the power slip.
Going to the over? “make them hurt more, make sure they can’t hold your wheel”
Back under? “now is the time to nail them, don’t let them recover, push it through”
Edit: keeping posts together
Exactly this. I (try ) to welcome the hurt and suffering, it sounds slightly weird but sometimes I talk to it and encourage it to join me for the next xx mins.
It’s my friend because it’s making me stronger.
i think i have specific playlists for that, that get me out of the funk
Agree with the hour long music sets helping. I find that hour long live sets on YouTube definitely helps distract the mind for hard indoor intervals.
I don’t have anything to add to the great suggestions above, however, I was thinking yesterday… getting to three minutes left in an interval is my favourite. It feels like a short enough time that most things are bearable, but long enough that I still feel like I need to ‘do work’…
I picture someone on my wheel (there is one person specifically that I consider my “archrival”), and I’m trying to drop him.
We’re both on our limit, and I know maybe 30 more seconds and he’ll crack. I make it 30 seconds and he’s still there. 30 more seconds. He’s still there. I can’t look like I’m suffering or he’ll attack, I have to look like I could do this all day. 30 more seconds. He’s there. 30 more seconds. AHH he cracked, I dropped him. Interval over. Rinse & repeat.
Amazing! So many good tips - defienetly will use some of these methods whilst doing my 2 hour sweet spot session tomorrow