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Old 01-19-15, 03:32 PM   #1
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why

All the time, money, effort, risk we put in to amateur bike racing - why?

Why do you do it?
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Old 01-19-15, 03:42 PM   #2
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because **** you, that's why.
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It's winter, which I guess means there's going to be more navel-gazing around here.
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Old 01-19-15, 03:58 PM   #4
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because **** you, that's why.
that's actually pretty close to my answer!
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It's winter, which I guess means there's going to be more navel-gazing around here.
are you above said navel gazing??
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1.) Contending for a win, whether for yourself or a teammate, is absolutely ****ing intoxicating and addicting.

2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
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So I can act better than everyone in the lower categories.

I also like to shave my legs and wear kids sized clothing. This accomplishes both goals while still allowing me the freedom of mall food courts and elementary schools.
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are you above said navel gazing??
I'm so far above navel gazing, my navel gazes at YOU.
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for the kudos.
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It's winter, which I guess means there's going to be more navel-gazing around here.
Op is in racing season though! Wtf!
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I like being competitive, I've always been that way, maybe it's a youngest child thing when I felt like I had to beat the older bro/cousins. At first, my cycling goals were simply to ride further and complete a century, racing and riding faster just seemed like the logical next step. I never liked running or other exercise for the sake of doing it, health is a nice bonus, but I like trying to win (which is a loooong ways away)
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Bike racing chose me, I didn't chose it.

**** I don't know. I love it, and hope to win one day (stop chuckling you ****) and love the pursuit. Sometimes I worry that if I happen to win a race, would my motivation just disappear? You need to be dedicated for this stuff. Many days I wake up, go to work, ride after, and maybe have an hour before I have to go to bed. I'm far from an outlier either. I'm tired of people saying how hard pro's work. Give one of those dudes a Cat 4's schedule and they'd quit.
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war, battle, fighting, bullying, arguing; all the things my civilized side avoids in real life
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As long as I can remember I've been very competitive, I've loved speed and agility, and loved the outdoors. I did gymnastics, aggressive roller blading, and all sorts of outdoor games and sports with the neighbor kids. I kind of wonder why it took me years after getting a road bike for commuting to figure out I wanted to race.

And FF, I think your more likely to want more of it once you win. Hell, even 2nds and 4ths make me want more of it.
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2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
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1.) Contending for a win, whether for yourself or a teammate, is absolutely ****ing intoxicating and addicting.

2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
yes, this. though mostly I look for gear that is just dependable, but I definitely have a garage full of wheels and **** like that.
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2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
I'll +1 this functional response
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It's the centerpiece of my financial plan:

Step 1: Race Bike
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit

I got it from the Underpants Gnomes, so it must be a good plan.
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Then again, this was a much better answer.
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