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Old 02-20-08, 11:59 AM   #1
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I asked this last year, but: Getting into racing

My goal last summer was to have entered my first race by summers end. I got a job at a factory. It paid well but it turned me into a grumpy ******* with no time to ride (r=.98).

I'm setting the same goal for myself this summer and i've got a job lined up that should offer me much more free time to get ready. I know there is no science to this (or maybe there is) but when did you know you were ready to race? I know i'll get my ass handed to me regardless, but i'd rather not finish dead last with everyone waiting on me .

I know time on the bike is important, intervals help, etc...but any tips on getting "race ready" would be great. I bought a training book last year but i don't have the time/tools to follow that program unfortunately.
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My goal last summer was to have entered my first race by summers end. I got a job at a factory. It paid well but it turned me into a grumpy ******* with no time to ride (r=.98).

I'm setting the same goal for myself this summer and i've got a job lined up that should offer me much more free time to get ready. I know there is no science to this (or maybe there is) but when did you know you were ready to race? I know i'll get my ass handed to me regardless, but i'd rather not finish dead last with everyone waiting on me .

I know time on the bike is important, intervals help, etc...but any tips on getting "race ready" would be great. I bought a training book last year but i don't have the time/tools to follow that program unfortunately.
Sorry. Race ready. Just do it. Find a race (preferably a TT where you are not likely to hurt anyone or yourself), get a one day license and race. You can follow Botto's advice (see the sticky in the forum) if you have the time. But if you don't, just race. Someone has to be DFL, and who knows, maybe you won't be. If you wait to you are ready you will never be ready.
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New to Racing? Here's a tip or two

Just get out and ride. Only way to know your true potential and fitness.
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****. Botto is going to yell at me now, isn't he?
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Dude... why worry if you come in last? It's all about having fun!

And you're telling me you don't have time? You got a full time job, kids, family, own a house? I do and I'm sure others which race have the same burden, which takes a lot out of available training time. I still get about 45min. to 1hr of roller time in every night, despite the time constraints.

Just hop into a race and enjoy.
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Racing takes TIME.

TIME to read that book you talked about (and many more).

TIME to read through and digest the posts in Botto's sticky at the top of this message board.

And last, but not least, SADDLE TIME.

If you're doing anything but any or all of the above you are wasting TIME.

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Dude... why worry if you come in last? It's all about having fun!

And you're telling me you don't have time? You got a full time job, kids, family, own a house? I do and I'm sure others which race have the same burden, which takes a lot out of available training time. I still get about 45min. to 1hr of roller time in every night, despite the time constraints.

Just hop into a race and enjoy.
Working in a factory from 5am-2pm 6 days a week doesn't lend itself to riding much . All shall change this year.
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I know i'll get my ass handed to me regardless, but i'd rather not finish dead last with everyone waiting on me .
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It doesn't hurt that bad. Trust me, I know first hand.
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take a ball pin hammer and smack yourself in the forehead with it. when it stops stinging, do it again. when you can get to 3, you're race ready.
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****. Botto is going to yell at me now, isn't he?
Like clockwork

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take a ball pin hammer and smack yourself in the forehead with it. when it stops stinging, do it again. when you can get to 3, you're race ready.
+1,000,000

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A motivational nugget from Dr.W in another post. Tony Robbins would be proud.

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Going to have to do it eventually. Get it out of the way early. Remember, in a pack of 50, there are 49 losers. Chances are, you will be one of them.
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Working in a factory from 5am-2pm 6 days a week doesn't lend itself to riding much . All shall change this year.
That is all you work? that gives you plenty of daylight to ride.

I work 2 jobs, first job involves 45min-1.5 hour commute each way. 40 hours Mon-Fri on that one. And my 2nd job is at a bar on the weekends. Fri-Sat-Sun nights I get to be ~3-4 in the morning.

And you complain of having no time to ride?

HTFU
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That is all you work? that gives you plenty of daylight to ride.

I work 2 jobs, first job involves 45min-1.5 hour commute each way. 40 hours Mon-Fri on that one. And my 2nd job is at a bar on the weekends. Fri-Sat-Sun nights I get to be ~3-4 in the morning.

And you complain of having no time to ride?

HTFU
Summer classes my man. Also, you'd be surprised what standing for 54 hours a week does for your motivation to run out and be active. No more harping on it, that 'life' is over
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that wasn't yelling.
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that wasn't yelling.
I respect you.

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why not race in the spring? no need to wait for summer.
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I work 6am to 6pm and still find time to ride. Stop making excuses.
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when did you know you were ready to race?
When the gun went off at my first race and my right cleat clicked in.

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I know i'll get my ass handed to me regardless, but i'd rather not finish dead last with everyone waiting on me .
Nobody will wait for you.

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I know time on the bike is important, intervals help, etc...but any tips on getting "race ready" would be great.
Take the word "no" and any of its derivatives out of your vocabulary.

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I bought a training book last year but i don't have the time/tools to follow that program unfortunately.
You have a bike, right? You took time to write this post, right? Sounds like you've got both time and tools.
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Working in a factory from 5am-2pm 6 days a week doesn't lend itself to riding much . All shall change this year.
Actually that's a damn good schedule to ride around.
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Actually that's a damn good schedule to ride around.
Why are you debating me on this? If all you look at is the clock that's fine, but you're not accounting for homework and a sore body and the need to get **** done before you go to bed so you can punch in on time in the morning. There is a reason blue collar workers are often overweight and it's not because they are lazy.
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timmy, you're starting to sound like a young Luke Skywalker to the Yodas on the board.
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