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Old 07-18-12, 09:10 AM   #1
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Silly behavior, am I the only one who... ?

I'd be interested in what other people might have to contribute to this.

Am I the only one who:

Kind of wants to throw my empty water bottle onto the road shoulder like they do in races like the TDF? Just because it looks cool.

Listens to Celtic / Irish music while riding? Something about the solitary road time with the sound of bagpipes, uelliann pipes, and/or violin playing puts me in a warrior mindset.

A few times a day poke, pinch, or squeeze what used to be pudding but are now amazingly hard quads and/or glutes and/or other leg muscle and think, "Wow, I didn't know I had these.... awesome."

Take things out of my pockets, make sure I haven't eaten yet, do it in the morning, and whatever else to make my weigh-in at my absolute lightest for the day. I weigh in at work, so I don't do it naked... but that's not entirely off the table.

Pulled the squirter open on my water bottle with my teeth a little too hard and popped the "pop-top" style cap off, emptying my red gatorade all over my white sport shirt. (Happened last night with a bottle that I had just bought.)

That's about all I can think of right now. I'm curious about other people's odd thoughts and behaviors to know that I'm not alone in my weirdness.
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I'd be interested in what other people might have to contribute to this.

Listens to Celtic / Irish music while riding? Something about the solitary road time with the sound of bagpipes, uelliann pipes, and/or violin playing puts me in a warrior mindset..
Not while ridding but I do this as it's my music of choice. Nothing better.

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I weigh in at work, so I don't do it naked... but that's not entirely off the table.
You should try this. Let us know how it works out
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Kind of wants to throw my empty water bottle onto the road shoulder like they do in races like the TDF? Just because it looks cool. - No, too expensive to replace.

Listens to Celtic / Irish music while riding? Something about the solitary road time with the sound of bagpipes, uelliann pipes, and/or violin playing puts me in a warrior mindset. - no music while riding, just the wind and angry drivers honking.

A few times a day poke, pinch, or squeeze what used to be pudding but are now amazingly hard quads and/or glutes and/or other leg muscle and think, "Wow, I didn't know I had these.... awesome." - Yes, in fact, I do. Are you saying that's weird?

Take things out of my pockets, make sure I haven't eaten yet, do it in the morning, and whatever else to make my weigh-in at my absolute lightest for the day. I weigh in at work, so I don't do it naked... but that's not entirely off the table. - No, I weigh in right after I wake up but I leave my watch on. That's got to be at least 8 ounces right there!

Pulled the squirter open on my water bottle with my teeth a little too hard and popped the "pop-top" style cap off, emptying my red gatorade all over my white sport shirt. (Happened last night with a bottle that I had just bought.) - No, you need to look into camelbak podium bottles... no such effort required.
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No, you need to look into camelbak podium bottles... no such effort required.[/COLOR]
That Camelbak Podium valve is the best thing to happen to water bottles since the wide mouth. (Remember not being able to put ice cubes in a water bottle? I do.)
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Nope, none of those.
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Kind of wants to throw my empty water bottle onto the road shoulder like they do in races like the TDF? Just because it looks cool.
No... the TdF presumably have guys to gather them up afterwards and the riders can get another bottle from the support car. If I chuck mine in the ditch I can't refill it later.

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I don't listen to music while riding at all... I prefer to listen for traffic.

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A few times a day poke, pinch, or squeeze what used to be pudding but are now amazingly hard quads and/or glutes and/or other leg muscle and think, "Wow, I didn't know I had these.... awesome."
I'll take the Fifth on that one

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Take things out of my pockets, make sure I haven't eaten yet, do it in the morning, and whatever else to make my weigh-in at my absolute lightest for the day. I weigh in at work, so I don't do it naked... but that's not entirely off the table.
I usually weigh myself with either nothing on or just my cycling shorts (on the basis they weigh next to nothing). That way what I weigh is myself rather than a possibly variable amount of clothing. That said my weight can fluctuate depending on whether I just ate or just visited the bathroom.
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Am I the only one who:

Kind of wants to throw my empty water bottle onto the road shoulder like they do in races like the TDF? Just because it looks cool.
Today I rode my bike to a fire tower and climbed the tower with my water bottle stuck between my teeth. I took drinks on the landings. At the top I spit out the empty bottle over the edge, so I wouldn't have to carry it all the way to the bottom.

Celtic music would have made a great accompaniment. So would Meatloaf.

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No music on the ride; it's like putting up the convertible top, adds a layer of detachment. (I like the Celtic stuff, have 3 CD's)

I LIKE my legs!

I don't like to litter. I have a hydration pack.

I don't own a scale.
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A few times a day poke, pinch, or squeeze what used to be pudding but are now amazingly hard quads and/or glutes and/or other leg muscle and think, "Wow, I didn't know I had these.... awesome."
The first time I saw my obliques I thought something was swollen...then I discovered it was muscle.
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A few times a day poke, pinch, or squeeze what used to be pudding but are now amazingly hard quads and/or glutes and/or other leg muscle and think, "Wow, I didn't know I had these.... awesome."

When I see a good looking stranger, I want to offer to let them squeeze my glutes.
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A few times a day poke, pinch, or squeeze what used to be pudding but are now amazingly hard quads and/or glutes and/or other leg muscle and think, "Wow, I didn't know I had these.... awesome."

When I see a good looking stranger, I want to offer to let them squeeze my glutes.
I think you should do that. Post the video here so we can all enjoy the fun
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That Camelbak Podium valve is the best thing to happen to water bottles since the wide mouth. (Remember not being able to put ice cubes in a water bottle? I do.)
Man! I have distinct memories of forcing ice cubes into narrow-mouth bottles. It was especially hard since my mom never had an ice maker that produced narrower shapes. We used those metal trays that made actual cubes. It literally required you to put a square peg into a round hole. I usually had to melt them a bit with my hands to make them fit. I finally started freezing my bottles at night.

Now I use only Podiums.
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I'd be interested in what other people might have to contribute to this.

Am I the only one who:

Kind of wants to throw my empty water bottle onto the road shoulder like they do in races like the TDF? Just because it looks cool.

I've thought about it, but the water bottles I use are expensive. Although, I do get a lot of free cheapo bottles in SWAG bags at races, so I could always use those to try it...

Listens to Celtic / Irish music while riding? Something about the solitary road time with the sound of bagpipes, uelliann pipes, and/or violin playing puts me in a warrior mindset.

I don't use music while riding because it can be dangerous, though I do listen to an eclectic collection while running. And yes, Celtic/Irish music is definitely in that mix. I always have a soundtrack in my head though, and the same stuff I listen to while running is often playing in my head while I'm riding.


A few times a day poke, pinch, or squeeze what used to be pudding but are now amazingly hard quads and/or glutes and/or other leg muscle and think, "Wow, I didn't know I had these.... awesome.

Always. The best time is when I'm soaping up in the shower and realize how sexy my quads and calf muscles have become. That always distracts me for a moment.


Take things out of my pockets, make sure I haven't eaten yet, do it in the morning, and whatever else to make my weigh-in at my absolute lightest for the day. I weigh in at work, so I don't do it naked... but that's not entirely off the table.

I always weigh in shortly after waking up, buck naked, after using the head, and before breakfast. I figure it's about as close as I can get to a true number. That said, I only weigh in every few weeks anymore, though I used to be pretty stringent about numbers. Most of the time it was because I was trying different things and wanted to see what was working. Now that my routine is pretty solid, I don't much see the need for the tedium.


Pulled the squirter open on my water bottle with my teeth a little too hard and popped the "pop-top" style cap off, emptying my red gatorade all over my white sport shirt. (Happened last night with a bottle that I had just bought.)

OK, this one you're on your own, lol.

That's about all I can think of right now. I'm curious about other people's odd thoughts and behaviors to know that I'm not alone in my weirdness.

We all have our own cooky behaviors. Whether people will admit it or not is another matter entirely.
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I'd be interested in what other people might have to contribute to this.

Am I the only one who:


Listens to Celtic / Irish music while riding? Something about the solitary road time with the sound of bagpipes, uelliann pipes, and/or violin playing puts me in a warrior mindset.
I don't listen to music while riding, but I sometimes sing, and sometimes what I sing is Celtic/Irish inspired music. A favorite, (courtesy of Isaac Asimov), is to sing, to the tune of "The Irish Washerwoman",

"Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde". It fits just about every line.

I was searching for the spelling of this just now, and found this song, which I may just have to go and memorize:

Words by : John A. Carroll (inspired by Isaac Asimov)
Tune of : The Irish Washerwoman

Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde,
Sodium citrate, ammonium cyanide,
Mix 'em together and add some benzene,
And top off the punch with trichloroethylene.

Got gassed up last night with some furfuryl alcohol,
Followed it up with a gallon of propanol,
Tanked up on hydrazine 'til after noon,
Then spit on the floor and blew up the saloon.

Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde,
Powdered aluminum, nitrogen iodide,
Chlorates, permanganates, nitrates galore,
Just swallow one drink and you'll never need more.

Whiskey, tequila, and rum are too tame.
No, the stuff that I drink must explode into flame,
When I breathe and dissolve all the paint in the room,
And rattle the walls in a ground-shaking boom.

Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde,
Go soak your head in a good strong insecticide,
Slosh it around and impregnate your brain,
With dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane.

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Nice thread, Sometimes I think of my trike as a war machine - least until I swallow a bug being a mouth-breather...
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Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde,
Go soak your head in a good strong insecticide,
Slosh it around and impregnate your brain,
With dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane.

Don't know Asimov's compound but the last one is good old DDT.

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Every time that I weigh myself it is in the morning in the same clothes and before drinking or eating so that it is consistent.
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I don't listen to music while riding, but I sometimes sing, and sometimes what I sing is Celtic/Irish inspired music. A favorite, (courtesy of Isaac Asimov), is to sing, to the tune of "The Irish Washerwoman",

"Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde". It fits just about every line.

I was searching for the spelling of this just now, and found this song, which I may just have to go and memorize:

Words by : John A. Carroll (inspired by Isaac Asimov)
Tune of : The Irish Washerwoman

Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde,
Sodium citrate, ammonium cyanide,
Mix 'em together and add some benzene,
And top off the punch with trichloroethylene.

Got gassed up last night with some furfuryl alcohol,
Followed it up with a gallon of propanol,
Tanked up on hydrazine 'til after noon,
Then spit on the floor and blew up the saloon.

Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde,
Powdered aluminum, nitrogen iodide,
Chlorates, permanganates, nitrates galore,
Just swallow one drink and you'll never need more.

Whiskey, tequila, and rum are too tame.
No, the stuff that I drink must explode into flame,
When I breathe and dissolve all the paint in the room,
And rattle the walls in a ground-shaking boom.

Paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde,
Go soak your head in a good strong insecticide,
Slosh it around and impregnate your brain,
With dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane.

Can't say I've ever felt the urge to write a poem, or even borrow someone else's, to fit the word paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde into it.
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Kind of wants to throw my empty water bottle onto the road shoulder like they do in races like the TDF? Just because it looks cool.
That is where all my bottles come from. Well, not Le Tour but pro races that I've worked as a motor cycle referee.

Yes most Pro races police the area after the event. At least they try. Water bottles and mussettes (sp?) get picked up quickly. I've even seen people pick up riders sandwiches. Years ago they actually ate sandwiches. Ham and cheese was popular.

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Nice thread, Sometimes I think of my trike as a war machine - least until I swallow a bug being a mouth-breather...
I don't actually throw the bottle, I just want to. Like throwing a golf ball at he end of a round like pros do.

I had a bug hit me square in the back of my dry throat the other day. I'm just glad it wasn't a bee.

I've considered removing my glasses twice while riding. Both times, as I thought about it, some hit me square in the lense. I don't even consider it anymore.
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War machines and all I think weaving in and out of the lines on the road or constantly seeing patterns is about as exciting as I get
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Can't say I've ever felt the urge to write a poem, or even borrow someone else's, to fit the word paradimethylaminobenzaldehyde into it.
I sing other stuff as well, sometimes at the top of my lungs. This embarrasses my riding companion no end, which makes me wish I could sing louder. I've been riding a lot in Monmouth County, where they still have horse farms, cows, chickens, peacocks,... Nothing like breaking into a rousing rendition of the theme from "Mr. Ed" or "Green Acres" as you pass these bucolic scenes of pastoral serenity.
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That Camelbak Podium valve is the best thing to happen to water bottles since the wide mouth. (Remember not being able to put ice cubes in a water bottle? I do.)
Do you have a picture? I looked but found a lot of different ones.
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