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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    because **** you, that's why.
    that's actually pretty close to my answer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grolby View Post
    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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    cuz i look good in spandex
    cat 1-o-meter: wtf am i doing??????
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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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanf
    its a start: 1. measure thighs 2. get on bike 3. win
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    All the time, money, effort, risk we put in to amateur bike racing - why?

    Why do you do it?
    masochism
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    it depends

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    Because.
    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    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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    For the pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grolby View Post
    It's winter, which I guess means there's going to be more navel-gazing around here.
    Op is in racing season though! Wtf!
    Do you think we're gonna make it? / I don't know unless we try \ you could sit here scared to move / or we could take them by surprise

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    Sometimes when you are a man, and you are alone in your room, you wear stretchy pants. Sometimes when you are a man and you are in public, you do the same.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    All the time, money, effort, risk we put in to amateur bike racing - why?
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Yep View Post
    2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
    Yep

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yep View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Yep View Post
    2.) Racing/training checks boxes for socializing, exercise, and nerding out on gear.
    I'll +1 this functional response
    "Your beauty is an aeroplane;
    so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste

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    Also racing can be fun if you are in contention to win
    "Your beauty is an aeroplane;
    so high, my heart cannot bear the strain." -A.C. Jobim, Triste

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    because **** you, that's why.
    Then again, this was a much better answer.
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