That's it, I'm done - I'm too old for this stuff.
The point was driven home last night. First, while riding home from work, I get dropped by some fair-weather roadies. It's been like a game with me and this bunch over the last few years...they catch me, I catch on the their rear and suck wheel for a few miles, then attack and drop them over the last mile to my turn for home. Yesterday, they dropped me like a bad habit. They were not any faster than usual, I am just slower...I actually felt old and tired and I tried to keep their wheel, but failed miserably.
Then, about a mile from home, a car pulls up next to me full of HS kids. They stayed right next to me, rather than passing, until I finally looked over at the, ready to say something smart-arsed. Before I could open my mouth the kid on the passenger side opens the door and knocks me and my bike into the ditch! I tried to keep it together, but hit a rock that send me over the bars and into a heap on some guy's lawn - but luckily not hurt. Went I went back to the bike the front wheel was tacoed and the fork bent pretty bad. So I had to walk the resto of the way home, carrying the bike on my shoulder.
Then, when I get home, instead of working on a project I needed to finish up for work, I came into BF to chill. But instead of cheering me up, all of the complaining, flame wars, inane noob posts and arrogant know-it-alls just depressed me further. So I get some sleep and come back on this morning, but it's the same old stuff. Doesn't anyone have a sense of humor anymore?
So here I sit, faced with a working weekend because I spend so much time on BF, still not working on what needs to be done, my body sore, my bike trashed and my attitude totally in the gutter. I'm thinking maybe I need to get away from BF and cycling in general for a while, maybe for good. I'm just too old for this stuff...maybe I'll take up gardening or something that's easy.