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    lucky! i dont get home till 4
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    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
    lucky! i dont get home till 4
    You must love the weekend!
    "You lack motivation because cycling is a stupid sport with no upside that takes way too much time out of your life to be mediocre at." - Racer Ex

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    I've shared this story before, but it seems appropriate to break it out every once in a while.

    Once upon a time, when I was a cute little Cat2 road racer, I finished my race, and the old ass old dudes' 40+ race was after the P/1/2. Inexplicable, I know. During my cooldown lap, I pulled off the course to let the old boys have their fun.

    A young boy came up to me during the race, and asked me what was going on. It was immediately obvious to me that this young man, Greg, had Down Syndrome. I sat down and took the time to answer any questions he had until he seemed satisfied. Unfortunately, Greg seemed scared by the racers as they whizzed past. He sat down next to me, and stuck out his hand. I looked around, and saw two parent-looking adults nearby, both of whom made eye contact with me. The mom nodded, and I held Greg's hand. For a while, reassuring him and talking to him.

    Eventually, I learned that Greg wanted to learn how to ride a bike, and be a bike racer like me some day. It tore me up to more or less lie to him and say "Yes, you'll be a bike racer too, Greg." I was on the verge of breaking down when the race ended, and he got up and walked away to his parents. His parents both came over to me a short while later and thanked me.

    Ever since then, I've had a piece of athletic tape with his name taped to the handlebar of any bike I've owned. Because whenever I'm feeling sorry for myself and don't want to keep pushing, or in the winter, when I just want to get off my bike, I look down at that piece of tape. And realize that there are thousands of kids just like Greg who would give anything to be able to ride a bike, let alone race it. And that it insults Greg's very existence when I don't take advantage of the many opportunities that I have, however trivial they may seem to me.
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    ^^^Thanks for posting that...

    I have my dad's old toque (winter hat for those who don't know) sitting in front of my fan. It reminds me of him and the pain that he suffered...My pain on the bike is nothing compared what he had to endure at the end....
    "On the other hand riding down a hill at 55 MPH wearing (essentially) women's underwear and a Styrofoam cup on your head is the epitome of rational life-extending decisions." - RacerEx

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    Took today off. Still very sore from my crash yesterday - don't worry guys, it was in the dirt.
    I'm sure when you were getting to the point of blowing nothing was obvious but making the pain stop...I don't know about you but after the fact I always look back at those moments and think 'why didn't I just keep going' but at the time there wasn't enough oxygen on the planet to make me take one more pedal stroke.

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    Duke. Awesome story. Thanks.

    ____________________________________

    A little stretching and rollering was all I did today. Rest is good.

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    Wow, thank you for sharing, Duke.

    Rode 73.4 miles today on wet roads.

    http://app.strava.com/activities/30780863

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    +1 man that's deep.
    I appreciate reading that; puts things in perspective for me.

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    DoK, just as moving as the first time I read it. I remember it came up a lot in the "what motivates you?" threads. Good stuff.

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    Was feeling like crap. No energy on or off the bike, legs constanly heavy and burned as soon as I started to pedal. Took two weeks easy. Brought volume down ~200tss per week and 2.5 hours per week. Got back to it last night on the trainer and felt like a million bucks!
    If I was as good at racing bikes as I am at racing cars youd all be in for a world of hurt!

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    Thanks for sharing Duke. Very moving.


    My training status - trying to dig a hole but it's not working. I need to find a bigger shovel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miwoodar View Post
    My training status - trying to dig a hole but it's not working. I need to find a bigger shovel.
    Can I recommend a CX bike or Mtn bike? Both very good for holes.
    I'm sure when you were getting to the point of blowing nothing was obvious but making the pain stop...I don't know about you but after the fact I always look back at those moments and think 'why didn't I just keep going' but at the time there wasn't enough oxygen on the planet to make me take one more pedal stroke.

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    The MTB trails are still open around here. I don't think we're getting a winter this year. I'm not sure if this is good (awesome riding conditions) or bad (no ski days).

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    1 hour yesterday with 40 minutes of sst.
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    An hour this morning before work @ z2.

    Going to jog 45 min tonight because I'm paranoid about having weak joints.
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    4-day weekend in Savannah, GA with the family. Brought a bike and went on tough group rides Saturday and Sunday. Those coastal riders don't fret over a lack of elevation change... they just kill it over every bridge or overpass, and have preset sprint points (marked on the road with 1k to go, 500m, etc) along the route. They also keep track of the points over the course of the ride. Headwinds + sprints + double rotating pacelines = good hard workout. 2.75 hours Saturday, 3.25 hours Sunday. ~450 TSS over the 2 rides. Tired yesterday and today, duh. Always great to meet new people and ride new roads!

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    ^
    Dang....I miss the Savannah Wheelmen. Got yelled at alot when I first started riding with that group 5 years ago.

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    25 mile recovery ride, very wet roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
    I've shared this story before, but it seems appropriate to break it out every once in a while.
    great story; thanks for sharing. i had not seen it before.

    i'm about to hop on my bike, indoors, to complete an FTP test. good timing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
    First 1' intervals since 2011! Was not pretty.
    4x1x5: 540W, 580W, 550W, 500W

    I was doing the 70% recoveries though, but that doesn't explain the first one that was about 100W lower than expected. Last week I questioned my motivations for doing AWC and VO2 for this block, but now I'm glad I am -- I need to get those systems going again. Week 1 of 3 now... Next block will be base again, I think -- need to look at a calendar again.
    Ok, today went better, with the first two being in the 620-630W range, none lower than 560W. I still have a bit of soccer soreness in the legs that I could feel during these intervals, but I'm happy to see some quick progress. I'm hoping to get the first or second interval back over 700W again though.

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    i still have you beat slowrockets (i'm only rubbing this in because my 1 minute power is pathetic).
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    45 minutes on the commute this morning. Junk miles mostly, but it's better than driving.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    most of my riding is junk miles its my favorite kind of riding.
    cat 1-o-meter: wtf am i doing??????
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    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
    most of my riding is junk miles its my favorite kind of riding.
    +1

    Commute today for 2.5 hours total. Uau I'm actually training!

    Or at least getting in some time in the saddle. I'd planned to get 12-15 hours/week last month, instead I got about 15 hours for the whole month. This month will be different dammit!!
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