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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn1234 View Post
    But I probably get depressed in reading these forums more for the amount of progress some show compared to me over time.
    Nothing for me to be sad about today. I ended up with some progress. Kind of a surprise since I really didn't plan the ride, but don't know how often/able I would be to duplicate it. 25.25 miles in about 2 1/2 hrs (28.27 miles total for today) for one ride. I'll have to think on some lessons learned (and may be asking questions), but evidently something lined into place today.

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    or....go race and see how you stack up, it can be fun and will give you new goals. some healthy competition never hurt anyone.

    (i suggest XC...they yell less and you can't get dropped)

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    I ride for me. It makes me feel good and I enjoy it very much. It's helped me get fitter and basically that's all that matters. I go out to enjoy myself. Yes I keep a record of rides and I'd like to get faster at some point but as long as I come back with a smile on my face (and I do after each ride) it was a good ride.

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    I am really thinking about our local road race in July for that reason. However, I can't decide if it is just waste of good money to pay to ride around by myself for an hour and a half.

    Quote Originally Posted by heckler View Post
    or....go race and see how you stack up, it can be fun and will give you new goals. some healthy competition never hurt anyone.

    (i suggest XC...they yell less and you can't get dropped)

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    As out of shape as I get, there is someone even less in shape or doesn't ride at all. Never be discouraged. If you are getting out on a bike that is better than most. Cycling is an individual sport - the one that matters is you!
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    I "wasted" my best, youngest years by not keeping track of my distances or times. By the time the internet came along to tell me I had to, I figured it was too late to start :-)

    Until usenet and internet forums, I also never knew that it was compulsory to achieve certain numeric goals. My average times would be useless to know anyway, because I vary my speed and intensity a lot within the same ride, plus I have to climb every hill I see, which really slows me down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guelerct View Post
    There must be a big wrold of road racing going on. I am in shape and can't comprehend some of the cadences and mph's some of these posters boast about
    ANyone else get discouraged about reading of people taking on hills at 20mph? Or keeping a 90 rpm cadence at 20 mph? Man, I need to stop reading these forums...
    It's all those Cat racers on the Roadie forum, and most of them exaggerate too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guelerct View Post
    There must be a big wrold of road racing going on. I am in shape and can't comprehend some of the cadences and mph's some of these posters boast about
    ANyone else get discouraged about reading of people taking on hills at 20mph? Or keeping a 90 rpm cadence at 20 mph? Man, I need to stop reading these forums...
    You go one of two ways, you either feel encouraged to try to do better, or discouraged that others are so much better then you are. Remember though, cyclists can be like fishermen, tall tales are a distinct possibility....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlester View Post
    Your ride home is obviously a lot more exciting than mine.

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