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Old 05-17-09, 04:14 PM   #1
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Pay no attention to the inner voices

Well I did a lot of riding today,(for me). I went on my usual 4mile ride to the gym then I decided to ride this afternoon and try and do 10 miles without a break(my gym ride totals 8 but there is the 45 min when I'm not riding). Anyway it was a very nice ride and I think I handled it ok but on the way back home, I'm cruising along in my own little world when I hear from a passing car WHOOHOOO!!!...... so I just tell myself that the young (guessing here..sounded young) women passing in the car was so moved by my massive figure pedaling past her that she had to show her appreciation... and I ignore that voice in my head saying nasty things ......Maybe she just liked my sexy bike
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Old 05-17-09, 05:17 PM   #2
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The vast majority of yells are something incomprehensible, though I do people calling out "nice butt" on occasion.

Unfortunately, one of those times my posterior was complimented, the one doing it was a dude.
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Unfortunately, one of those times my posterior was complimented, the one doing it was a dude.
And why is this a bad thing? A compliment is a compliment. Take it in the spirit in which it was given.
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I get that all the time from dudes. Of course... mostly it's at work and not while I'm on a bike. And, well, most of the people I work with are ((((gay)))). So, I guess...not surprising. On the other hand, a couple of the girls I work with say that too. Hmmm, I should post a picture of my butt online. Oooh, was that my OUTSIDE voice?!?

Any body want to see a photo of my butt?http://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/DeadHorse.gif
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And why is this a bad thing? A compliment is a compliment. Take it in the spirit in which it was given.
Well, I don't really consider my butt all that nice. Certainly it's nicer than it was when I was 40lbs heavier, but I'm still a dude with a gut and a good amount of stuffing in the back too; so I assumed he was being derisive about my attire.

You're right though, I should just either ignore it, or think of it as a compliment.
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Dont sweat it TC. Were you enjoying yourself before? Then don't let someone else change that for you. Enjoy your ride and challenging yourself. It's how we all get stronger. And, recognizing the commitment you must have made, the person in the car may have very well intended to offer you sincere encouragement.

Mrs. Fred and I enjoyed a shout of encouragement yesterday, from a pack of definately more serious cyclist as we decended a switch back road in the opposite direction to them, "Niiiiiiiice!" as we banked around the last turn and let off the breaks for the long runout toward the river valley is all one of them got out. But, it was,..........nice.

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I was cycling on Chicago’s very busy lakeshore trail two summers ago and heard some kid yelling out something about feeling sorry for my bike because I was so fat. I’m still trying to ignore that little voice in my head stemming from that incident. For the most part the people I see out on the trail are very nice. But once in while, like last week, I see a guys jaw drop when he sees me and I can only imagine what he is thinking.

At least I’m out on the bike and not sitting at home getting bigger. Screw all those insensitive superficial jerks that think it’s funny to poke fun at us big guys and gals. For those that yell in support of what were doing…hoot and holler all you want. I’ll take all the support I can get.
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Once I made friends with the little voices in my head we get along fine.
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I dont have little voices in my head. They told me that I dont.... that and I have to make the world mine....erm ok... I better stop Cant let world domination plans out yet.
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People who yell such things are usually children. Since I believe children are incapable of adult discourse, I pay them little mind.
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The last time someone yelled at me, it sounded like "Wharrgarrrble road!!". I figured if they can't stop to say something, and let me respond, I'm going to ignore them.
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The last time someone yelled at me, it sounded like "Wharrgarrrble road!!". I figured if they can't stop to say something, and let me respond, I'm going to ignore them.
I find when you pull up to them at the light to ask them to nicely clarify what they were saying, they roll up their window and take on a strange fascination at staring forwards at a speck of dust or splattered bug on their windshield.
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My inner voice just tells me to ride more. Sometimes it sings "Painkiller" by Judas Priest.
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People who yell such things are usually children. Since I believe children are incapable of adult discourse, I pay them little mind.
It's unfortunate when those same children appear to be 40 somethings nursing off a beer bottle and cigarette while driving a car....
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I was cycling on Chicago’s very busy lakeshore trail two summers ago and heard some kid yelling out something about feeling sorry for my bike because I was so fat. I’m still trying to ignore that little voice in my head stemming from that incident. For the most part the people I see out on the trail are very nice. But once in while, like last week, I see a guys jaw drop when he sees me and I can only imagine what he is thinking.

At least I’m out on the bike and not sitting at home getting bigger. Screw all those insensitive superficial jerks that think it’s funny to poke fun at us big guys and gals. For those that yell in support of what were doing…hoot and holler all you want. I’ll take all the support I can get.

I love your last paragraph there. That sums it up for most people. We may not be the skinny people on the road but at least we are going something for out health.
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What's really hilarious is the fools who will yell insults at me going or coming from a hike WHILE I HAVE A BEAR GUN IN MY BACKPACK SCABBARD! The level of such idiocy is astonishing. What kind of fool decides to insult someone who has a custom .450 Marlin within easy reach? Not that I would shoot them, but how do they know that? I could blow their engine block away with that rifle.

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My inner voice just tells me to ride more. Sometimes it sings "Painkiller" by Judas Priest.
Lucky. Mine is always telling me "take a nap" or "go slower" or "sprint up that hill". I guess basically my inner voice is lazy and bat**** insane.
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Lucky. Mine is always telling me "take a nap" or "go slower" or "sprint up that hill". I guess basically my inner voice is lazy and bat**** insane.
Mine never says "sprint up that hill". Heck, it never says "sprint" at all.

It is, however, fond of the phrase "Wouldn't a salami sandwich and a Pepsi be pretty good right about now?"
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I missed who used this in their signature, but my inner voice has just been repeating one thing lately:

Pain is weakness and donuts leaving the body.
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What's really hilarious is the fools who will yell insults at me going or coming from a hike WHILE I HAVE A BEAR GUN IN MY BACKPACK SCABBARD! The level of such idiocy is astonishing. What kind of fool decides to insult someone who has a custom .450 Marlin within easy reach? Not that I would shoot them, but how do they know that? I could blow their engine block away with that rifle.

The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.
Well, you do live in Alaska, Cosmo, so apparently, to get respect, you need to carry a T Rex .577.


And that's the only time I'll post a gun video in here. Just watching the reactions of even someone prepared for the guns recoil is hilarious, much less the woefully underprepared skinny guys trying to fire this one! This is truly a Clyde's gun.
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I love your last paragraph there. That sums it up for most people. We may not be the skinny people on the road but at least we are going something for out health.
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I need to tow a mountain howitzer behind the Hoss. Maybe that will get me some respect.
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Brush it off and let karma take over.
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