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Old 08-27-07, 10:16 AM   #1
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The only thing that really matters about racing.

Is that you DO it.

Your results? Your category? Nobody cares about that stuff besides you and a couple of your team mates. And ultimately that doesn't matter to you or them. Whether you got 2nd or 12th in the Podunk Crit in 2007 will be quickly forgotten. What MATTERS is that you ride, train to race, particpate, and ENJOY the process, treasure the camraderie, drink it all in and experience how much it makes you feel like you're friggin alive. Unlike some of your couch potato friends. That's what is meaningful and fulfilling. The rest is complete and utter static.

I learned this from my 13 year old daughter who is a freshman in high school running cross country. She's currently one of the slower (but not the slowest) girl on the team. She's only 13. She WILL get faster. But most importantly, she loves doing it. I'm ecstatic that she's involved, and I keep telling her that if she likes it, to do it. The faster times will come, and in the end, that's not why she likes it or what's important. I've learned a thing or two about life recently from my kid. Yet another cool aspect to parenthood I never anticipated.

That 'You're Dumber Than a Fifth Grader' TV show has a point. Sometimes we all are.

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...drink it all in and experience how much it makes you feel like you're friggin alive.
I can't describe how alive I felt as I slid from close to 30 mph to a stop on my arm and hip in the last lap of my crit last Friday.

Excellent post pcad.
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Hell yeah, and I'll add that as important as it is to get out and race, it's also important to "leave while you're still having fun." If you think you're burning out, don't let peer pressure register you for races. Take some time away until you wish you could race again. I'm continually frustrated with my sparse racing schedule, but I enjoy each race so much more that way -- same thing with training.
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I hear ya Pcad but there is a point where the results start to matter. The trick is staying engaged and enjoying *that* challenge and approaching it in a way that keeps it fresh and enjoyable. Hopefully I'll be able to find that right balance this off season and through next year.
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^ But your results only matter to you. So enjoy the successes, and take motivation from the failures.

But keep it in perspective that no one else really gives a crap.
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^ But your results only matter to you. So enjoy the successes, and take motivation from the failures.

But keep it in perspective that no one else really gives a crap.
Up to a certain level. After that others, i.e. sponsors, other teammates, etc have a vested interest in how well you do. As a newly minted 2 I'm not at that point but I know a lot of guys where this is not the case.
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You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.....
Deteriorata! Deteriorata!

Go placidly
Amid the noise and waste.
And remember what comfort there may be
In owning a piece thereof.

Avoid quiet and passive persons
Unless you are in need of sleep.

Ro-tate your tires.

Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself
And heed well their advice,
Even though they be turkeys.

Know what to kiss.....and when!

Consider that two wrongs never make a right
But that THREE.........do.

Wherever possible, put people on hold.

Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment
And despite the changing fortunes of time,
There is always a big future in computer main-te-nance.

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not
The universe is laughing behind your back.

Remember the Pueblo.

Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mu-ti-late.

Know yourself.
If you need help, call the FBI.

Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
Especially with those persons closest to you.
That lemon on your left, for instance.

Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
Would scarcely get your feet wet.

Fall not in love therefore;
It will stick to your face.

Gracefully surrender the things of youth:
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Hire people with hooks.

For a good time call 606-4311;
Ask for "Ken."

Take heart amid the deepening gloom
That your dog is finally getting enough cheese.

And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot
It could only be worse in Milwaukee.

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not
The universe is laughing behind your back.

Therefore, make peace with your god
Whatever you conceive him to be---
Hairy thunderer, or cosmic muffin.

With all its hopes, dreams, promises and urban renewal
The world continues to deteriorate.

GIVE UP!

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not
The universe is laughing behind your back.
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Up to a certain level. After that others, i.e. sponsors, other teammates, etc have a vested interest in how well you do. As a newly minted 2 I'm not at that point but I know a lot of guys where this is not the case.
Whether you agree that the results are secondary to the participation is your affair. And if that works for you, there's nothing wrong with that. But a higher percentage of us are pack fodder, not podium stars, yet we still suit up, show up, get shelled, hammered, crushed, etc. For the reasons why, refer to the original post. It may not make sense to the Dr. W's of the world. But not everybody TT's @ 28mph : ). Maybe it's for that occasional top 10 result, the day you make the break, or that group ride performance that exceeded your expectations. But it does work for me.

And of course, better dead than Fred.
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You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.....
Deteriorata! Deteriorata!

Go placidly
Amid the noise and waste.
And remember what comfort there may be
In owning a piece thereof.

Avoid quiet and passive persons
Unless you are in need of sleep.

Ro-tate your tires.

Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself
And heed well their advice,
Even though they be turkeys.

Know what to kiss.....and when!

Consider that two wrongs never make a right
But that THREE.........do.

Wherever possible, put people on hold.

Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment
And despite the changing fortunes of time,
There is always a big future in computer main-te-nance.

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not
The universe is laughing behind your back.

Remember the Pueblo.

Strive at all times to bend, fold, spindle and mu-ti-late.

Know yourself.
If you need help, call the FBI.

Exercise caution in your daily affairs,
Especially with those persons closest to you.
That lemon on your left, for instance.

Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls
Would scarcely get your feet wet.

Fall not in love therefore;
It will stick to your face.

Gracefully surrender the things of youth:
The birds, clean air, tuna, Taiwan
And let not the sands of time
Get in your lunch.

Hire people with hooks.

For a good time call 606-4311;
Ask for "Ken."

Take heart amid the deepening gloom
That your dog is finally getting enough cheese.

And reflect that whatever misfortune may be your lot
It could only be worse in Milwaukee.

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not
The universe is laughing behind your back.

Therefore, make peace with your god
Whatever you conceive him to be---
Hairy thunderer, or cosmic muffin.

With all its hopes, dreams, promises and urban renewal
The world continues to deteriorate.

GIVE UP!

You are a fluke
Of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not

The universe is laughing behind your back.
Incorrect.

The universe laughs right in my face.
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You do learn a lot from your kids, most times what you learn are basics you tought them and forgot to live by
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But I thought that Winning was a feeling you never lose?
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one of the most inspirational moments happened to me Saturday during a race - during the hottest, fricken time of the day:

On the last lap when my legs stopped pushing. My body completely gave up. I pushed beyond what my training allowed. The daylight got dim, the sound faded, and I stood alone as the group shrunk in the distance leaving me to stretch my cramp riddled legs and pray for someone to find me.

I found where my limit was that day. And I punched through it. It's a dark place; a lonely place. My emotions were stewing in the heat. My brain was addled. I hated myself on so many different levels.

That was then.
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guy in the 45's race yesterday was cramping bad. Last time up the final climb, he could barely turn the pedals over. He came to a virtual dead stop right at the finish line and had to be helped off the bike.

Personally, I would have DNF'd. Continuing to push at that point was only doing damage.
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I can't describe how alive I felt as I slid from close to 30 mph to a stop on my arm and hip in the last lap of my crit last Friday.

Excellent post pcad.
Was this the Portland Twilight Crit?
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PCad, I give a crap. Someday, for the love of God, I'll be faster than you, you sumbich. *shakes fist at sky*
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Winning is for wussy. Real men flame out in a blaze of glory.
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B.S.

Winning is what matters. To say that it doesn't is having a loser's attitude and having a loser's attitude means that you're not enjoying life to the fullest extent.
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I can't describe how alive I felt as I slid from close to 30 mph to a stop on my arm and hip in the last lap of my crit last Friday.

Excellent post pcad.
You had a near life experience.

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Yes it was. Cat 3.
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Winning is what matters. To say that it doesn't is having a loser's attitude and having a loser's attitude means that you're not enjoying life to the fullest extent.
Static.

But I do admire your Road Nazi ethic meine kleine putz. And after all, what completes your day more than being labeled a loser by a complete bike weenie stranger? That ROCKS.

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guy in the 45's race yesterday was cramping bad. Last time up the final climb, he could barely turn the pedals over. He came to a virtual dead stop right at the finish line and had to be helped off the bike.

Personally, I would have DNF'd. Continuing to push at that point was only doing damage.
I can absolutely guarantee you that this guy went home more satisfied with his performance than ANYONE else in the race.

Bike racing is not about winning or losing, its about pushing yourself to your absolute limit, and being able to look back and say that you gave it everything you had, even if that was only enough for last place.
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I can absolutely guarantee you that this guy went home more satisfied with his performance than ANYONE else in the race.

Bike racing is not about winning or losing, its about pushing yourself to your absolute limit, and being able to look back and say that you gave it everything you had, even if that was only enough for last place.
But when you do more damage to your body than good,and set your training back, ultimately you end up not accomplishinging as much as if you measure losses and live for another day.

I understand the give it your all, don't quit mentality, but I also at this point I hope that I have learned enough to not let ego, and simplistic thinking get in the way of achieving longer term goals.
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But when you do more damage to your body than good,and set your training back, ultimately you end up not accomplishinging as much as if you measure losses and live for another day.

I understand the give it your all, don't quit mentality, but I also at this point I hope that I have learned enough to not let ego, and simplistic thinking get in the way of achieving longer term goals.

The other side of that coin is he extended his mental limits that day and now he knows he can do more than he thought possible previously. Those days are an important part of the progression even if he might be tanked for the next week and going backwards.

Without being completely shattered you'll rebuild a stronger you
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