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Old 11-20-09, 04:31 PM   #1
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End of season

Sorry, not to be a bummer, but reality check time. The season is getting close to the end for most of us.

Besides withdrawals, depression, anxiety...what are your plans for the off season?


Me: Reintroduce myself to the wife and dog. Get some work done around the house. Spin classes.

You?
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Old 11-20-09, 05:00 PM   #2
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Get time out of doors. Sunlight deprivation makes the winter doldrums worse than they need to be. The winter Solstice is tough on everyone. Why do think cultures decided to have holidays at such times in the first place ? Take walks and throw the Frisbe around with the family. Little things make them happy, doesn't take much. Do what you can to get out of your own head.
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Old 11-20-09, 05:07 PM   #3
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Well said my friend. So true.
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me? since i love the solstice/darkest time of the year, i'll be doing some occasional sub-zero, night-time jaunts...

and having imaginary races across the brandywine river from granogue...
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I'll be getting an ankle fused on Dec 1, followed by 12 weeks of recovery. My last race is 11/29 if I do it. My doctor had me stop taking any anti-inflammatory medicine a week ago and my ankle is really sore all the time. I hope that I'll be able to grit my teeth and do the last two races of my season, if not then so be it. I'll be on the trainer as soon as possible even if only doing single leg work or easy work using both legs with no pushing with my left ankle.
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Now that you mention it, I do vaguely remember having a family...wife...kids.... They probably miss me.

Seriously, I'm going to try to take at least one week off from the bike completely (normally, I bike to work). Then I'm going to start on some strength building so climbs don't kill me again next summer. On the weekends, I'm going to try to get my daughter to go out with me for some rainy rides on the Banks-Vernonia Trail.

I'm also looking forward to going back to church. Three months away has really reshaped my spirituality.
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Old 11-20-09, 09:12 PM   #7
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The season practically just started down here in Florida

This year I've been focusing on 'cross way more than road, so I feel your pain. I'll be bummed when the season's all over with. Guess I'll have to dust off my road bike and go back to life as usual.
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Old 11-21-09, 04:11 AM   #8
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2 words, winter series.
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2 words, winter series.
yeah, i guess pro has to keep to it's season, but i would like to see amateur/cat4 (training?) races going on year 'round...
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Old 11-21-09, 08:07 AM   #10
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The season practically just started down here in Florida .
You bastard!

Yeah, I bet I'll dust off ye old road bike and get in on some group rides soon...but I'm not as excited about it as I used to be - before I started CX.
I am thinking of visiting my retired Dad in Ft. Myers in late December, should I bring my cx bike? Any races from the 26th - 4th?
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http://www.floridacycling.com/Sites/...es%20Flyer.pdf That's the flyer for all the Florida CX races. Nothing during that time frame, unfortunately.
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Running and swimming - I let a friend talk me into trying multi-sport (actually did a sprint duathlon last weekend and was quite pleased with a 5th place finish). I haven't been in a pool competitively since about 4th grade, so I have a lot of work to do. And, I might try to set my old Cannondale up with aero bars - it's a bit long, so I'm not sure it will work.
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Running and swimming - I let a friend talk me into trying multi-sport (actually did a sprint duathlon last weekend and was quite pleased with a 5th place finish). I haven't been in a pool competitively since about 4th grade, so I have a lot of work to do. And, I might try to set my old Cannondale up with aero bars - it's a bit long, so I'm not sure it will work.
I did the same with my road bike - had to put on 90mm stem. I have some Profile clip ons that are cheap and that I like, but they leave you up a bit higher than anticipated if you're handlebars have an OS clamping area. I'm only planning on doing 2 ITTs this year (late June, mid August), so you're welcome to borrow them.
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running - it's getting easier, try out trail running with oldest son; strength training; swimming...maybe; soccer drills and skateboarding with youngest son; get a longboard skateboard and indo board to work on balance - want to go snowboarding out West with the family annually starting next year; group rides; ride bike to get groceries; cross skillsdrillz; make up excuses to go to winter series races; catch up on work if there's any time left over
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i have some serious serious family stuff to start worrying about that just so happen to coincide with the end of the season so I wont have any time to worry about filling time.

i do hope to continue riding my bikes. I mainly train on the road bike for road racing but im hoping to buy a new mountain bike as soon as the season ends next week to work on my handling skills. I probably wont touch my cross bike until next september unless i randomly decide to attempt riding some mtb trails on it.

ill skateboard when im not riding and might try to start running again but i seem to fail at that everytime i try to restart.
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i have some serious serious family stuff to start worrying about that just so happen to coincide with the end of the season so I wont have any time to worry about filling time.

i do hope to continue riding my bikes. I mainly train on the road bike for road racing but im hoping to buy a new mountain bike as soon as the season ends next week to work on my handling skills. I probably wont touch my cross bike until next september unless i randomly decide to attempt riding some mtb trails on it.

ill skateboard when im not riding and might try to start running again but i seem to fail at that everytime i try to restart.
Me and Danny have talked about doing more MTBing this year than road, because well, road racing in DC is kind of bogus most of the time. Despite you being another person to knock me down a place in the standings, glad to see you're still coming out.
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I'm really starting to bum out over the end of season - only 1 or 2 races left.

This fall has been great. Every race I learned something about how to ride my bike and got just a little bit stronger. I'm still way at the back of the pack but now the group of riders that were 3 minutes in front of me are only 20 seconds up and within grasp. And on top of all of that, I've fallen in with a group of riders that I enjoy hanging out with at the races. The old steel Bianchi cross bike has supplanted my swanky Ti road bike as the bike I want ride.

I'll probably add in some running this winter - my son runs and after the initial 15 minutes of complaining, we usually have out best conversations when out for a run.
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Training for next year.
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don't forget about Jim's singlespeed CX Race in February in College Park, MD
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Well, it's official. I'm registered for an olympic triathlon next September. Guess I need to start swimming.
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Nice work. I was thinking about trying a sprint tri next may. I'd like to race some MTB as well, but that means I would have to buy an MTB. Have to convince the wife of that one yet...
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...what are your plans for the off season?
There is an "off season"???
I just wear the winter gear, and use the Dinotte head/tail lights.
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End of season is kind of a bummer for me because there were a couple races that were too far away to attend, and then I hurt my knee and couldn't go to my favorite race last weekend, and the final race is coming up and my knee is still wonky, plus I've come to the conclusion my rob roy just doesn't quite fit me well enough so I'll be selling it...

Kind of went out with a whimper. I'd like to do a mtb race or two but the only races I can ever find are waaaaay away, and I just don't get it either. Last time I raced mtb there was no such thing as suspension.
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