What little games do you play while riding? It gets boring just 'riding' so I often try a few little games to keep me improving and to pass the time a little faster. Some things I do: #1 When I'm at my half way mark and feeling guilty about not riding hard enough: I check my average speed, point my bike home and the game is to ride above that average all the way home and see how high you can increse the average by. The trick is to make sure you don't push the average up too high too fast or you won't be able to complete the game. As the average increases you have to ride a little faster. #2 A similar game: About 10km from home I check my Max speed. Hopefully it's not too high. (If it is too high reset it to zero and start out at about 25... For the next 10km you have to beat that max before the end of the next kilometer. Also you have to be careful not to go too fast too soon. It's almost impossible to stop the max at 1kph over the previous best. It's easy to bump up over 2 or 3kph an hour in the beginning and therefore it gets even harder to beat the max. As the speed gets higher you need more of a run up to get the speed limit. Try and get the speed up in the first 200 to 500 m so you can rest for the next 500m. ( I got to 58kph yesterday playing this with the wind and 44 against the wind) I couldn't beat the 44 on the last km as I ran out of time and energy. #3 On the roller start out in the easiest gear, (warm up for ten minutes) then do every gear for 2 minutes each at 100rpm cadence, sliiping up to a harder gear every 2 minutes. First all on the small chain then all on the large ring...(the final 2 minutes is very hard). #4 Take one foot out of the pedal and ride with one leg for 2 to 5 minutes each then switch legs. You'll find a big improvement in your full pedal motion. etc.. Any other ideas out there?