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Old 11-16-07, 02:47 AM   #1
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Who rides for fun without a specific goal?

I just got into road biking maybe a couple of months ago. I have really been bit by the riding bug but don't see myself riding towards any specific event or goal. I just hop on the bike and go. Most of my rides so far have been in the 2 to 2 1/2 hour range and I'm content with a calorie burning ride.

I don't have any particular goal of riding the same loop faster, further, more intense. I just ride with a big grin on my face. Am I going about this all wrong? A little wrong? Or have I achieved Nirvana early on?

I suppose I should be working up to a metric century or something but I'm not feeling it yet.

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Old 11-16-07, 03:43 AM   #2
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I do, that's why I gave up visiting the road forum.

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I just got into road biking maybe a couple of months ago. I have really been bit by the riding bug but don't see myself riding towards any specific event or goal. I just hop on the bike and go. Most of my rides so far have been in the 2 to 2 1/2 hour range and I'm content with a calorie burning ride.

I don't have any particular goal of riding the same loop faster, further, more intense. I just ride with a big grin on my face. Am I going about this all wrong? A little wrong? Or have I achieved Nirvana early on?

I suppose I should be working up to a metric century or something but I'm not feeling it yet.

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Works for me! I spent my younger years on training rides, racing and touring. Then commuted on a regular basis for many more. Now I usually ride for the pure enjoyment of it, with some utility cycling thrown in for trips to the grocery store or hardware store. To me the best of days is when I pack a few things into my Caradice saddle bag, and ride off with no particular place to go. Some days I ride roads and loops that I have ridden before just to see what might have changed, others I may flip a coin when I come to a fork or intersection. More often than not I will lose track of the time and have to hurry a bit to get back.

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I ride just for the satisfaction of riding,
a bike is my "wings of wheels".
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I just got into road biking maybe a couple of months ago. I have really been bit by the riding bug but don't see myself riding towards any specific event or goal. I just hop on the bike and go. Most of my rides so far have been in the 2 to 2 1/2 hour range and I'm content with a calorie burning ride.


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+ 1 I just ride for fun but I do keep up with how I am doing but I really don`t push my self.Most of my rides are three to five hours.I am a retired old fart so I can do that while every one is at work.But I love to ride the weekends also when people are out on there bikes.

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Riding for fun versus riding for a goal are one in the same for me. Whether that goal is riding to work, maintaining a certain cadence, finishing a set of intervals, etc.
But yes, I ride just to ride quite often. Otherwise, I would not bother with cycling.
It is all about having fun. IMHO
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I do, that's why I gave up visiting the road forum.

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- good one! (not that there's anything wrong with obsessing, but at my age i realize i'm *never* going to be 25mph+ in full kit)...

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Old 11-16-07, 06:47 AM   #8
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Often I like to just go out and just go where ever. No plans. Just exploration.
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Old 11-16-07, 07:30 AM   #9
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Some people live their lives as if goals have little meaning. So they live for the moment. Some are obsessed with goals and turn to material things like wealth or even health. Some seek truth like the Socrates types.

Your goal may be hidden, but its there for you to discover.
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I am doing this sunday. Going to some new trails that I have only ridden once with a group, so I won't really know where I am going . Going solo, so I can map the trails in my head to expand my trail base. stop, backtrack, understand the flow and enjoy a nice fall day.

I do my share of races and training also, which I feel are fun in their own way, but it does get old after a while if thats all you do.
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Old 11-16-07, 08:53 AM   #13
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I ride for fun, first and foremost. Then again, it's fun for me to train for an event. It's almost better than completing the event, because I'm in the hunt, so to speak Completing a goal is also nice, but still, at the core, I actually ride for the sheer joy of it and the best moments are times like when I'm flying down a hill passing the traffic.
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I've always ridden like that. As a consequence, I'm still riding a road bike 37 years after I first started, and always enjoying it.

That doesn't mean I don't ride fast when I want to, but I have no specific goals. At this point, I do have a general goal of not gaining weight and of keeping as fit as possible, but I don't count anything. I did buy a Cateye computer once, but I took it off after a couple of rides. Never used it again. There's enough of everything else we are forced to measure or otherwise keep track of in this crazy all-business all-production all-money world. I don't want my cycling to have anything to do with that "real" world.

I also don't "commute". I leave that to public transit. Riding should be a pleasure, not a chore, and not related to anything that is a chore. I also don't ride in winter. For one thing, winter is really winter over here in Backwardsville (otherwise known as Ottawa), and I don't find anything pleasurable about riding in that. I do something else during that time.
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Old 11-16-07, 10:08 AM   #16
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I don't really ride with any specific goals. I do, however, tend to ride more if I have a specific destination.

Most days the destination is work and then home. I built a bike with baskets and a trailer for shopping, so I love doing the grocery shopping, (since my wife hates going to the grocery store, it's a win-win).

I use the same trailer for my black lab with my MTB to go geocaching.

I guess I just have a thing for human-powered transportation.
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I have goals, but they are secondary to cycling.

I do still read the road forum, but I definitely lack their typical drive for speed... When I do set goals, they are usually for distance, and I don't really care how long it takes to get there... even though on some long rides it seems to be just after I get so tired that I stop enjoying the ride.

I do have a couple of goals, 2008 miles next year, and at least one 100 mile day/century. But, unlike some in certain forums, I won't consider myself a failure if I don't make them... so maybe they are not quite goals, but more like targets to aim for.
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For the first few years I was into cycling, I rode without a goal ... mainly because I was unaware of the possibilities out there. But I'm a goal-oriented person, and as soon as I discovered that there were potential goals to set within cycling, I began setting and attaining them.

This winter I'm riding without a specific goal, and I'm enjoying that, but I'll probably have several again next summer.
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Often I like to just go out and just go where ever. No plans. Just exploration.
Same here. I've found that some of my most enjoyable rides were ones where I got lost

Well, some of them, anyway. There was one exception that happened recently
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My goals are losing weight, feeling better, and having fun.

If I was 30 years younger, and 100 lbs lighter, I still wouldn't be the fastest guy out there. Once you realize there's nothing you can do or say that's gonna put you in the lead, it takes the pressure off and you can just doodle around and have fun.
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I do. My only goal is to have a good time riding.
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I do, that's why I don't have any electronic gadgetry on my bike. I ride for fun and fitness, and that includes doing several century and an occasional double century rides during the year.
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i just got my road bike in June, because a friend of mine decided we should try the MS 150 ride in September. While training for that, we realized what a blast cycling is, and we continue to ride. We are going to do other sponsored rides next year, so we're enjoying a mix of fun cycling and training-style cycling.

Once it stops being fun, that's when you know you're going about it all wrong.
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I ride because I can, meeting a goal, winning a race, losing the 43 lbs...those are just the perks.
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Hey John - you're not doing it wrong! Seriously, after a few hard years of racing, this year I've ridden just for fun ... just for me. I forgot how much fun a casual ride can be!

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