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Old 09-21-09, 06:23 PM   #1
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This cycling season sucked...

Alright, I was so freaking psyched at the beginning of this year. I had my bike, the 87' Panasonic DX-6000 in my signature. I love that bike, I still do. But it spends it's time hanging on my wall. I've ridden it once in the past like 2 months. I bought the frame, built the wheels, I assembled the whole bike. It was one of the best learning experiences of my life, and really hammered in, and proved to me, my love for bicycles is more than just a phase. Later in the year, I bought my Surly Long Haul Trucker brand new. That bike on the other hand gets ridden 8 miles daily to and from work. I've ridden to work 61 days in a row as of today, 488 miles or so. This season all together I've logged probably over 1,000 miles. That's insane to everyone who isn't into cycling, but it's nothing like I wanted to get. My goal for the year was 5,000 miles or more. Probably a serious long shot this being my first serious year in the sport. So, perhaps I did well for my first season. But part of me feels like I've let myself down. I was losing weight, feeling amazing, I did ~100 miles a week for a month or two early in the season.
Then I crashed, literally. I somehow did an endo riding my Paansonic to work one day. That was actually my second crash of the year, but the first one that kept me off the bike. No major damage to me or the bike. I had to replace the bar tape, and clean off some of the blood from the serious hand road rash I got (I wasn't wearing gloves at the time). But, it took me probably two months to retape the bars. The bike was dusty at that point. I'd put back on some weight, and I know my legs lost some of their "oomph". I've ridden the bike 3 times since that incident. The last was the most positive, I remembered what I loved about that bike, and riding recreationally, but that was still only a ride to work.
If I put my cycling shorts back on, and went for a ride, I'd be fine probably and wouldn't think anything of it. I guess I'm just afraid to. And the season's drawing to a close soon. Maybe I'll get some in. Maybe not. But I feel bad for my bike, and the goals that I had. I wanted to do the Bridge to Bridge that happened yesterday. I was at home, not on my bike. Though I did have a major urge to go riding.
Another thing, I think, that really hurt me this year.
The death of a truly good friend, and a burgeoning riding partner.
I had a friend who was going to buy the Raleigh Grand Prix (also in my sig) that I rode a little. We rode quite a few times. Him and I did a solo of 30 miles. It was great. Then, I don't know... I lost him. He took his own life for some god-forsaken reason... I had been wanting a partner all year... And him and I were better friends than we'd ever been... I think this had the biggest effect on my year.
I'm not sure what I'm really trying to convey here. I think I'm just trying to get my feelings out there to people who understand. It just hurts me to know that I let myself down like that and that I lost so much in it all. Anyone else have a similar thing? Any support or anything?
Thanks for reading... sorry it was kinda long winded.
-Gene-

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Old 09-21-09, 06:40 PM   #2
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First of all, paragraph breaks make slogging our way through longer posts so much easier.

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This season all together I've logged probably over 1,000 miles. That's insane to everyone who isn't into cycling, but it's nothing like I wanted to get.
I did 1000 miles my first couple "seasons". In those days I limited myself to riding from about May 1 to the end of August. I thought I was doing great with all those miles, but soon discovered 1000 miles in 4 months is ... nothing. That said, for the first time in probably about 18 years, I've only got 1000 miles for the year so far.


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My goal for the year was 5,000 miles or more. Probably a serious long shot this being my first serious year in the sport. So, perhaps I did well for my first season. But part of me feels like I've let myself down. I was losing weight, feeling amazing, I did ~100 miles a week for a month or two early in the season.
5000 miles for a first season is a lot and requires a lot of spare time ... especially if this season you talk of is only 4-6 months. When I had spare time, I could do 10,000 km (6000 miles) over the course of the entire year.


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No major damage to me or the bike. I had to replace the bar tape, and clean off some of the blood from the serious hand road rash I got (I wasn't wearing gloves at the time). But, it took me probably two months to retape the bars.
When you crash, you've got to get right back on the bicycle again. Ride without bar tape if you have to. My last major crash resulted in huge bruises and scrapes all the way down both legs, a mild concussion, and a separated shoulder. 15 minutes after the crash I was back on the bicycle again and finished the last 100 km of the 200 km brevet I was on. If you really love cycling, you can't let crashing stop you.


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If I put my cycling shorts back on, and went for a ride, I'd be fine probably and wouldn't think anything of it.
Yes ... just do it.


I've been off most of this winter because of a move and because of DVT. The DVT really put a damper in my winter training plans because I ended up in hospital for the first 2 weeks of August, and then couldn't exercise much after because of the clots and the medications I'm on.

I'm itching to get out there and riding a metric century or something ... but I can only plod along doing 15-20 km or so when I do get out, and then I'm too tired to do more. I'm hoping to do that metric by December, so I'm gradually building up.

But you don't have anything medical holding you up ... so go ride and enjoy!!
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Old 09-21-09, 06:49 PM   #3
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Sorry about the paragraphs. I couldn't really figure out any appropriate breaks...
My friend, by the way... The only picture of him on a bicycle I know of. Take by myself on that ride.

Sorry if you missed that Machka, you'd responded by the time I added that bit.
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Old 09-21-09, 06:51 PM   #4
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I crashed twice last year. Neither really serious, except for the bills for the first one. July 3 ans sometime in Sept. The first one we were camping and everyone brings their bikes. I didn't. It was out of commission. Bur I grabbed my uddies and with my wife asking me if it was a good idea, I took of.( I only got a hematoma out of it, but the saddle felt ok.)

Just get back in the saddle. Ride some bike paths and stay out of traffic for awhile. Build yourself back up to it. You'll do great.
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Sorry about your friend Gene. That is probably your biggest motivational factor and may take some time to heal. The rest is just normal bicycle pitfalls. Good luck.
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Sorry about your friend Gene. That is probably your biggest motivational factor and may take some time to heal. The rest is just normal bicycle pitfalls. Good luck.
Yes, very true.
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The only way you are going to be able to get motivation to get back on the bike is to start riding again. Your excitement to ride didn't happen all at once, did it? It grew as you enjoyed your rides. Also, the best remedy for emotional upset is good, hard activity.
You said the season is almost over? Man, I would absolutely LOVE to be riding in some fall weather, seeing the leaves change. You have at least two months left to ride. The only way to get back into it is to do it. It will come back to you.
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