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Old 07-23-05, 12:32 AM   #1
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I post my Max. speed at work.

Since I have been commuting to work via my bike for the past 2 weeks I have been writting my Max. Speed on a piece of paper & taping it to the side of my desk for all to see. It serves many purposes. One of which to be a conversation piece for me & my co-workers. It has created a fairly decent following amonsgt my co-workers when I get in to the office when I commute. The people that know I commute to work on my bike often ask now how fast did I go today & so forth. It is kind of a cool way to lighten up the day.

But now one of my co-workers who is currently on my team, at least until we are done with training, is bragging about how fast she drives on the interstate on the way to work, she is even going as far as doing the same thing I do & writting it on a piece of paper & taping it to the side of her desk.

This co-worker & I do not get along on a personal level all that great, we get through the day while working with one another & thats about it, thankfully.

I do know that her bragging about her high speed driving has generated some concern amongst other employees, because it is dangerous. I also know that she is anti-cyclist, she has openly expressed that more then once & not just to goad me into a confrontation about it, I usually let it go because she is not worth it. But thankfully when I commute to work via my bike I get there early enough I do not have to deal with her while she is driving on the road. I just hope the day never comes when I do have to deal with her on the roads while I am riding & she is driving. In fact I will fear for my life if it ever happens.

When I post my Max. Speed it is the exact speed that my bike computer says. For example on Friday July 22, 2005 the Max. Speed was 47.1 mph, so that is what I posted. This idiot co-worker of mine posted her personal best speed of 83.1 mph. I know the kind of car she drives & know that it does not have a "digital" speedometer. So how in the hell does she know she drove 83.1 mph? I don't think even a digital speedometer breaks down the speed a vehicle travels in increments like that.

Any thoughts, suggestions, questions, comments are certainly welcomed.

Thank you for letting me vent about this.

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Take her license plate number and name and a photocopy of her 'top speed' to the local cops? Mention that she's a reckless driver, and bragging about it at work, and that they should keep an eye out for her?

Mention it to her supervisors, as she is likely to get into an accident on the way to work because of her dangerous driving habits?

Somewhere there's got to be a 'gallons of gasoline to troops killed' converter, right? Maybe point out that burning the extra gas to go that fast is the reason we're at war? I have the feeling that wouldn't do much...

F it - slash her tires and ask what her max speed on the way home was the next day
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Take her license plate number and name and a photocopy of her 'top speed' to the local cops? Mention that she's a reckless driver, and bragging about it at work, and that they should keep an eye out for her?

Mention it to her supervisors, as she is likely to get into an accident on the way to work because of her dangerous driving habits?

Somewhere there's got to be a 'gallons of gasoline to troops killed' converter, right? Maybe point out that burning the extra gas to go that fast is the reason we're at war? I have the feeling that wouldn't do much...

F it - slash her tires and ask what her max speed on the way home was the next day
Might try the reporting it to the police approach.

Saying something to the supervisors will not do any good. We have the same trainers & coaches right now in our training class of 18 people, & she brags about this to them too. They are less impressed about it compared to when I just casually mention it to the trainers & coaches. Maybe it is because I do not brag but just bring it up in conversation. She leads off with it as a bragging statement.

I did suggest to her if she wants to drive like that one of the area race tracks used to have what was called an open night. Where you could take your own vehicle & race it against others. I'm not sure if they still do but she may want to call & find out. Though I was being very serious & polite about it about it she didn't like hearing that.
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The thing is, 83.1 isn't all that outragous on a freeway, depending on the car. I've pegged a speedo at 110 in a Montana winter in a station wagon. Yeah, it's illegal, but it happens.

(FWIW, that was when I was 18, a few years before I went carless, and the car hadn't been on a freeway in awhile. I was blowing carbon out of the cylinders, and I'm 29 now)

It would be nice if you could get her avg speed and see how much of her time was stuck in gridlock. Maybe you could challenge her a little and see what the times/distances are. Say you've got 10miles, and she's got 40. If instead of max speed (really irrelevant anyways, I'm assuming you get it on a downhill) post time. She'll probably lose over and over and over...

I get a kick when someone at work talks about freeway congestion, and how long it took to get home, and I tell them 'Yeah, my commute varies by about a minute depending on the wind... Between 18 and 20 min...' They don't really like that, but time might be a better thing to post...
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Sounds to me like she is just trying to get under your skin.....and its working.

Just ignore her completely......will annoy her more than anything.
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Easy way to solve this problem if she actually is speeding like that.

1) Find out what route she takes
2) Report it to the police

Around here we have something called the community roadwatch program which you can use to report speeding/agressive driving. File a complaint and have fun.

Or you can just ignore her.
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Good call. I think she is just trying to bust your chops. Sometimes not making anything out of something is the best burn.
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I'm impressed with the 47 MPH!!!
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Nah, call the cops. If she really is going that fast, YOU might be lucky you're not in her path, but what if there is someone else out there less fortunate?
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The thing is, 83.1 isn't all that outragous on a freeway, depending on the car. I've pegged a speedo at 110 in a Montana winter in a station wagon. Yeah, it's illegal, but it happens.

(FWIW, that was when I was 18, a few years before I went carless, and the car hadn't been on a freeway in awhile. I was blowing carbon out of the cylinders, and I'm 29 now)

It would be nice if you could get her avg speed and see how much of her time was stuck in gridlock. Maybe you could challenge her a little and see what the times/distances are. Say you've got 10miles, and she's got 40. If instead of max speed (really irrelevant anyways, I'm assuming you get it on a downhill) post time. She'll probably lose over and over and over...

I get a kick when someone at work talks about freeway congestion, and how long it took to get home, and I tell them 'Yeah, my commute varies by about a minute depending on the wind... Between 18 and 20 min...' They don't really like that, but time might be a better thing to post...
I know 83.1 is not that big of a deal, I just wanted to know where in the hell does she get the .1 increment. We don't have gridlock or congestion around here. I live in a community of only about 103,000 people total. Our "rush hour", if you want to call it that is only about 10 min. long. In the mornings traffic flows pretty smooth. So asking how long she was in gridlock is not really an option.
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Nah, call the cops. If she really is going that fast, YOU might be lucky you're not in her path, but what if there is someone else out there less fortunate?
That will never happen, at least on the way to work. She takes the interstate, which around here is illegal to ride bike on. And even when she is on the regular roadways we are no where near the same route as one another. My concern is when I am riding on the weekends & she is out driving.

I am going to report her to the police & the highway patrol. hopefully they will set up a speed trap along that part of the interstate she drives. I know for a fact if she gets a ticket she will walk in *****ing & moaning about it. At that point I'll just bust out laughing.
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I'm impressed with the 47 MPH!!!
Thank you. The speed was achieved on a down hill of course. So far 47.1 mph is the fastes I have ever gone on my recumbent in the 4+ years I have been riding it. My goal on this hill is to hit 50 mph. Now keep in mind though I am speeding. The speed limit is 35 mph. But over half the motor vehicles that drive this stretch of city street go faster then 50 mph on the down hill. Thankfully it is a 4 lane road.
Does that justify my actions? No, not at all. Though I may be a hippocrite for complaining about my co-workers driving, my speeding only puts me in danger, a danger I am willing to accept. There is not much danger to a motorist if a cyclist collides with a car, just to the cyclist. I respect & accept that danger. Her driving puts everyone else on the road in danger, not just herself.
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Thank you. The speed was achieved on a down hill of course. So far 47.1 mph is the fastes I have ever gone on my recumbent in the 4+ years I have been riding it. My goal on this hill is to hit 50 mph. Now keep in mind though I am speeding. The speed limit is 35 mph. But over half the motor vehicles that drive this stretch of city street go faster then 50 mph on the down hill. Thankfully it is a 4 lane road.
Does that justify my actions? No, not at all. Though I may be a hippocrite for complaining about my co-workers driving, my speeding only puts me in danger, a danger I am willing to accept. There is not much danger to a motorist if a cyclist collides with a car, just to the cyclist. I respect & accept that danger. Her driving puts everyone else on the road in danger, not just herself.
You have an amazing talent with rationalization!
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Indeed!
Tell us again N. C. - what exactly is the purpose of posting your top bicycle speed at work. Did anybody request this information? Or express the slightest interest?
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To quote Buzz Lightyear:

"You're mocking me"

She's poking you with a stick, looking for a reaction. Play the game. Post your speed to the third decimal place. Start making charts. Post totally irrelavent stuff, like number of crank rotations.

Enlist a couple cow-workers to stop by and ohh & ahh at your figures.
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Though I may be a hippocrite for complaining about my co-workers driving, my speeding only puts me in danger, a danger I am willing to accept. There is not much danger to a motorist if a cyclist collides with a car, just to the cyclist
I'd prefer not having you jibs splattered all over my vehicle, thank you very much.
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She is controlling your emotions which is exactly what she wants to do. Ignore her and she will feel that she is failing, something that she does not want to do!

By the way, how can you be critical of her when you are doing the same thing? You certainly would endanger a motorist if they try to avoid you and have a head on with someone else. Sounds like you both need to alter your driving styles.....
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To quote Buzz Lightyear:

"You're mocking me"

She's poking you with a stick, looking for a reaction. Play the game. Post your speed to the third decimal place. Start making charts. Post totally irrelavent stuff, like number of crank rotations.

Enlist a couple cow-workers to stop by and ohh & ahh at your figures.
Haha, that's great. Don't make it too in your face, but just suddenly start spouting off like wattage vs speed/cadence with hrm data overlays or something. And start posting speeds to like decimal places. Haha.

Don't make too obvious that you're onto her. haha. Great suggestion.
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You should begin to be nice to her, and then ask her out on a date. Then you date her for a while. Then you should ask her to marry you. Then when the big day arrives and you are standing at the front of the church in front of everyone you should annonce that you could not marry a woman that drives so dangerously. Then to throw salt into the wound mention that she is bad in bed a walk, or ride the bike, out of the church.
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dude, she is ragging on u. making fun of u. she thinks ur ridiculous posting ur speed as its quite an egotisticle thing to do. doesnt anyone agree? granted i wouldnt copy u to prove a point but eh i doubt ib be ur friend either
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Well, it's obvious that this coworker is simply making up her 'Max speed' and writing it down as a way to parody you. I suspect that she, and a group of employees are simply having a little joke at your expense.

Of course, if you posted your average speed for the commute or your total ride time, you'd have something really worth discussing rather than your peak speed down one hill.
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start posting your speed in KPH.
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Play the game with her.. Flip the script.. It will annoy her.. it's just like a emcee battle.. It pisses them off.
Make a chart and what not, and get co-workers to be all "wow" and stuff... man.. that would be so funny to see, cuase she'd try something stupid and then it'd make her look like a fool.
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Nah......impress them by showing off your massive hairless calves...
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I bet if you used another standard like say, 8" and stuck it to your desk, she wouldn't be able to touch that on her way to work. No, probably wouldn't work. Next day you'd see something like 36D taped to her desk.
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