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Old 04-01-10, 02:48 PM   #1
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Hot Tub Time Machine

What advice would your current competitive racer self impart to your novice competitive racer self?

I'll start:

In a race, when you feel good/recovered, so does everyone else
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Old 04-01-10, 02:56 PM   #2
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HTFU: You will never do well in a race without digging into that pain cave.
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Old 04-01-10, 03:02 PM   #3
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When did I get a hot tub...

Anyways. It's probably be: Drink less, fatty.
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Old 04-01-10, 03:30 PM   #4
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Pick different parents
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145lb guys shouldn't go to the front and pull into the wind. Since I've learned this lesson I've gone from a 4-3 in five races.
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Old 04-01-10, 03:38 PM   #6
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You'll never make it.
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Old 04-01-10, 04:11 PM   #7
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You'll never make it.
Actually I would go back far enough to say..go to Europe and try to be pro race car driver..it's about the only regret I have in my life....being to scared to fail and taking the 'safe' college route instead.
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Old 04-01-10, 04:12 PM   #8
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Oh and "start sooner"
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~Quit d1cking around with triathlons & marathons; you'll only fudge up your left knee.
~Forget about tubular tires and the latest sunglasses; spend the money on a pro bike fitting instead.
~Try several different saddles instead of attempting to make your current one work.
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Old 04-01-10, 04:45 PM   #10
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145lb guys shouldn't go to the front and pull into the wind. Since I've learned this lesson I've gone from a 4-3 in five races.
Isn't this true whether you're 200+ or 130 lbs?
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Old 04-01-10, 04:49 PM   #11
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Isn't this true whether you're 200+ or 130 lbs?
The smaller you are, the worse it is pulling into the wind.
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Old 04-01-10, 05:08 PM   #12
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I know exactly what my Hot Tub Time Machine moment is. The KC Royals at one time used to have lots of open try outs all over the country. Back then I was about 20 years old and had a 90+ mph fastball. I didn't go to the try out. At the time I wasn't happy with my curve ball (I over threw it badly), but had a really good knuckle ball. I was such an idiot that I thought that stuff like that would matter. I-jet.

Don't get me started with HTTM moments vis-a-vis women. That could fill an encyclopedia. Lucky for me the one I liked the best is my wife.
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Old 04-01-10, 05:25 PM   #13
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still a novice....waiting for self from future to give me advice....
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Old 04-01-10, 05:27 PM   #14
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enjoy crushing souls in the 3's for a bit longer because once you start racing with the big boys its a whole new ballgame haha...
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Old 04-01-10, 05:46 PM   #15
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don't give up the gig for the broad
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Old 04-01-10, 05:50 PM   #16
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Oh and "start sooner"
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Old 04-01-10, 05:51 PM   #17
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Sign up for the college cycling team.
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Old 04-01-10, 06:13 PM   #18
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1) shoulda saved the money on the new bike and bought a pm a year earlier
2) shut down the drinking party before it gets posted to the listserv
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Old 04-01-10, 08:05 PM   #19
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When you were 17 and your dad offered to buy you a racing bike and gear rather than see you get into motorcycles? You should have done that.

And you shouldn't have turned down two different jobs at Netscape because "no one can make money giving browsers away for free". You were right except for all the employees who are multi-millionaires now.
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Old 04-01-10, 08:31 PM   #20
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Why did you quit riding in college you dumb ass?
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Old 04-01-10, 09:48 PM   #21
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attack more.

and train for TT type efforts more.
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Old 04-01-10, 09:55 PM   #22
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Your body is a machine, but the parts repair themselves and replacement sucks. If you have any minor injury, let it heal before you destroy your body and then your mind.
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Old 04-01-10, 09:58 PM   #23
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Spend more time in the hottub
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Old 04-01-10, 10:36 PM   #24
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Don't pigeon hole yourself into perceived strengths and weaknesses based on body type/attitude. Keep an open mind, you really really don't know what you're going to be good at. Really. I'm totally effing serious noobs.

I spent way too long thinking I was a climber.
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Old 04-01-10, 10:46 PM   #25
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Lol, ze.
I don't have the palmares you do, but I thought the same till I got a powermeter as well. I was like oh, I weigh 142 lbs, I bet I'm the bestest climber ever.

Fast forward to power meter and crits. Wait, it's the end of the race what am I doing mixing it up at the front. Oh will you look at that, I just sprinted past that fast lookin' fellah. Woah.
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