a.k.a., Point Five Dude
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Twin Cites, MN USA
Bikes: 1987 Trek Elance 400 T
Did people make rude, but well-meaning comments when you were starting? Did they stop as you stuck with it?
Nobody I know or care about has EVER said anything to discourage me. I think that pretty much everyone I know subscribes to the philosophy of 'If you cannot say anything nice, don't say anything at all.' But even if they didn't, nothing shuts up critics like success.
When I climbed on the trainer last winter and set the goal of riding the century route of the 2011 MN Ironman Bike Ride, nobody outside my house knew about it. My wife raised an eyebrow but nothing was said. When I DNF'd the ride and was moping at home that night, it was my wife who came to me and said that she was proud of me for trying & to not give up just because of one setback (
). When I began commuting to work my secret was 'out.' Eyebrows raised at work, but nothing said.
As of right now I have lost 30 pounds since I started riding in February (50 since my peak weight in April 2009). Like I said, nobody has ever said anything to discourage me, I have had more than a few encouraging words from friends and family members, and at least three people have come to me for advice on buying bikes.
Re: idiots who yell stuff at you from cars: Those people yell at everybody. Plus who cares about the opinion of anyone moronic enough to yell at you from their car?