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    Contest: Stupid things you've done less than 24 hrs before a race.

    Put in a new chain/cassette yesterday morning, I didn't set the link pin properly (cause I rushed through it) it was too stiff and caused the chain to jump while on yesterday's ride. Messed with it last night, thought I loosened it up enough 'till I was rolling over to the start line and my chain began to jump. Rushed to find a chain tool, tried to re-set it and missed my start.

    first race of the year without rain; it's in the 70s and sunny--a beautiful day. Paid my fee. Now I'm paying the price for being foolish and rushing through a simple job.

    I'm really bummed.

    Anyone else?
    gravity: it's not just a good idea, it's the law.

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    There's a huge end of the year party for us college kids friday night. The Sterling road race is saturday. This should be interesting...
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    (you're 21 right? )
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    Quote Originally Posted by slim_77 View Post
    Put in a new chain/cassette yesterday morning, I didn't set the link pin properly (cause I rushed through it) it was too stiff and caused the chain to jump while on yesterday's ride. Messed with it last night, thought I loosened it up enough 'till I was rolling over to the start line and my chain began to jump. Rushed to find a chain tool, tried to re-set it and missed my start.

    first race of the year without rain; it's in the 70s and sunny--a beautiful day. Paid my fee. Now I'm paying the price for being foolish and rushing through a simple job.

    I'm really bummed.

    Anyone else?
    Rule 1: Dont f with the bike uless you have a couple rides to test the changes.
    My rookie mistake was not tightening the wheel skewers properly and not closing the brake releases before my first race - spent 10 minutes trying to reach back and close the rear brake release without taking out 1/2 the field.
    I just rode the race with my wheels rattling the entire race.

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    Bought a whole new bike Friday, raced it in a 90 mile Masters race Sunday.

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    ^I take it you didn't get it fitted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slim_77 View Post
    ^I take it you didn't get it fitted?
    nope. I got in the second break of the race and placed in the money.

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    Last Saturday: didn't eat all day, took the red-eye from SFO to DTW, slept in car until time to warm-up, and had McDonald's for breakfast.

    I could do that when I was young, but not at 48.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
    Last Saturday: didn't eat all day, took the red-eye from SFO to DTW, slept in car until time to warm-up, and had McDonald's for breakfast.

    I could do that when I was young, but not at 48.
    I just got a hangover reading it. And it's not about drinking. Weird.

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    Finished building the bike on a Tuesday morning, raced it Tuesday evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MONGO! View Post
    Finished building the bike on a Tuesday morning, raced it Tuesday evening.
    what happened?

    i raced one 2 days after the build. went ok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmb2786 View Post
    what happened?

    i raced one 2 days after the build. went ok.
    It was perfect, I need to tweak a couple f things, fit wise but otherwise it's great.

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    Let's see.


    -I drank a Monster Java before the Grandview Heights criterium. I got shelled, and then threw up all of the milky contents of my stomach onto the lawn in front of the funeral home.

    -I adjusted my derailleur with my rear wheel in the dropouts crooked.

    -I raced carbon wheels with aluminum-only pads

    -I raced aluminum wheels with carbnon-only pads

    -I've been racing a ceramic rear rim with aluminum-only pads

    -I ate a Baconator cheeseburger from Wendy's for lunch a few hours before a training crit.

    -I wasn't able to eat breakfast before a TT and had to wait 2 hours to ride. When I got out there, Taylor Phinney passed me like I was a speed limit sign. I would have beaten him, IF ONLY I ATE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
    ... and had McDonald's for breakfast.
    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    -I drank a Monster Java before the Grandview Heights criterium. I got shelled, and then threw up all of the milky contents of my stomach onto the lawn in front of the funeral home.
    Had a vinegar based Barbecue pork plate for lunch. I wasn't lucky enough to full on puke. I ended up with the acid reflux/bile all in my sinus cavity.
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    Put a new saddle on the bike on Friday and raced on Saturday
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike9903 View Post
    Put a new saddle on the bike on Friday and raced on Saturday
    How's your boil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    -I ate a Baconator cheeseburger from Wendy's for lunch a few hours before a training crit.
    mmmmmmmmm. tasty. was it worth it? lol.
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    I drank a whole bottle of pomegranate juice before a crit, looking back I have no idea how I thought that was a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmb2786 View Post
    mmmmmmmmm. tasty. was it worth it? lol.
    I work at a bike shop, and we're surrounded by fast food places so I usually just ordered from them. That day made me decide to never eat any more fast food ever again.
    Actually, on Saturday, I skipped lunch because the boss was buying a bag'o'burgers and I had no cash. It was tough to sprint home into the wind after not eating for 8 hours.

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    Not really me, but my dad drove under the awning at a motel office the night before a track race (I was 15). When he realized it, he threw it in reverse and backed up, which ripped the saddle off its rails. We called every bike shop in the Yellow Pages until we found one that opened before the race started the next day.
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    I go out and party routinely the night before races.

    Then again, I don't think that's a stupid idea
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    Fooled around with a girl the night before a race, ended up sleeping in and missing the race.

    Whoops.

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    I work until 3ish the night before every race (6:30!), but I guess that's not a specifically stupid incident.

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    'doh....you missed a good race slim. A little too bang up for me, but it was hard to create any real separation. Everyone was actually racing this time.

    Stupidest thing I have done is drive all the way in to a Superweek location only to find that I had my mountain shoes instead of my road ones (both the same SIDI's with different soles).

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    I decided I was ready to enter one...first and last time.

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