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    Quote Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
    so you think that you would gain more from your college classes by having the text books and doing labs than by having a professor?
    In my case, yes. Class wasted more time than anything else in undergrad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    Losing 8% bodyfat would subtract more than 8% body mass. There's a lot of water and vessels and blood volume and structure to go along with the increased weight.
    That makes sense!

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    The most important thing is passion. Most of these 'what should I buy' posts are just a confirmation on what an OP has already decided. It does seem he actually wants advice. If getting a new bike instills a passion to double your training, that trumps 'sound advice'.

    My point is, there's great advice here, but buy what you want.

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    Spend more on Travel and Race Entries. Take some trips outside your region. Be the dude lining up from out of town that nobody knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoo76 View Post
    Spend more on Travel and Race Entries. Take some trips outside your region. Be the dude lining up from out of town that nobody knows.
    Haha when I started racing last year I thought "wow, these entry fees are low compared with running and multisport events!"
    Yeah... but entry for 8 races per month = $280
    Gas to drive all over creation maybe $150
    Food stuffs to fuel these races also a ton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    Haha when I started racing last year I thought "wow, these entry fees are low compared with running and multisport events!"
    Yeah... but entry for 8 races per month = $280
    Gas to drive all over creation maybe $150
    Food stuffs to fuel these races also a ton.
    +1
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    If you have a decent bike, and it is a decent fit, and you're a Cat5, the best bang for the buck is to race as much as you can. Coaches are great, but I recommend that you employ one after you have a base of knowledge about yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses. A power meter helps a lot when dealing with a coach, so that should come first. If you can find a Cat5 clinic in your area, that's a cheap way to get some skills work in. In the meantime, ride in groups and race as much as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    If you have a decent bike, and it is a decent fit, and you're a Cat5, the best bang for the buck is to race as much as you can. Coaches are great, but I recommend that you employ one after you have a base of knowledge about yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses. A power meter helps a lot when dealing with a coach, so that should come first. If you can find a Cat5 clinic in your area, that's a cheap way to get some skills work in. In the meantime, ride in groups and race as much as you can.
    Funny ... I was just talking with a friend of mine, experienced racer, and saying that in the few races I've done I'm just starting to learn what I can do. I really don't know what my strengths and weaknesses are just yet.

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    If you have the money, use it to take unpaid time off from work so you can ride more. Or, bribe your family to let you ride more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    If you have a decent bike, and it is a decent fit, and you're a Cat5, the best bang for the buck is to race as much as you can. Coaches are great, but I recommend that you employ one after you have a base of knowledge about yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses. A power meter helps a lot when dealing with a coach, so that should come first. If you can find a Cat5 clinic in your area, that's a cheap way to get some skills work in. In the meantime, ride in groups and race as much as you can.
    this is basically what i was trying to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    If you have a decent bike, and it is a decent fit, and you're a Cat5, the best bang for the buck is to race as much as you can. Coaches are great, but I recommend that you employ one after you have a base of knowledge about yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses. A power meter helps a lot when dealing with a coach, so that should come first. If you can find a Cat5 clinic in your area, that's a cheap way to get some skills work in. In the meantime, ride in groups and race as much as you can.
    I would add join a good racing team with some experienced riders that you can train with, learn racing tactics and bike handling from, and generally talk about training. Spend your money on the team kit and dues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gruveb View Post
    Funny ... I was just talking with a friend of mine, experienced racer, and saying that in the few races I've done I'm just starting to learn what I can do. I really don't know what my strengths and weaknesses are just yet.
    It takes a while to figure out. I've done 20 something races, still don't really know... except that positioning for a sprint is extremely hard haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmcd View Post
    Haha when I started racing last year I thought "wow, these entry fees are low compared with running and multisport events!"
    Yeah... but entry for 8 races per month = $280
    Gas to drive all over creation maybe $150
    Food stuffs to fuel these races also a ton.
    One motorcycle track day $200 at T-hill, $300 at Sonoma + gas + food.

    Using your motorcycle as a bowling bowl on T2 at Sonoma. Priceless.

    There are more expensive two wheel hobbies.
    I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
    Stay calm and bring a towel.

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    Hey there's nothing wrong with being fat...
    Really stretches out the sponsors' names....
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    I neglected to mention, the bang-for-buck ratio on going to bed early is out of this world.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
    best bang for your buck is a padlock on the fridge until you stop defining yourself as heavy.
    late to the party but saw these and laughed/agreed.

    in general, though, i agree with gsteinb's comments...not on the titanium membership -- but on the notion that while one can surely get better with a ton of riding, one is more likely to get further, faster with focused riding. when new, this is more often done with a coach or mentor. (self-education is surely possible but necessarily takes time away from something else, though everyone values that time in a different way.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
    One motorcycle track day $200 at T-hill, $300 at Sonoma + gas + food.

    Using your motorcycle as a bowling bowl on T2 at Sonoma. Priceless.

    There are more expensive two wheel hobbies.
    I worked down from car racing to sportbikes to bicycles. When people try to tell me how expensive racing bicycles is I laugh, it pails in comparison to my last two hobbies. Also why I can do it much more frequently without always being broke which is a plus.

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