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Old 12-06-17, 05:00 PM   #26
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I want one last ride with my riding partner. He has a blastoma (same brain cancer that McCain has). He was once a low level domestic pro and about five years younger than me. He sure got dealt a really bad hand. I am doing what I can for him and his family by cooking dinners, etc. Sometimes life is totally unfair.
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I want one last ride with my riding partner. He has a blastoma (same brain cancer that McCain has). He was once a low level domestic pro and about five years younger than me. He sure got dealt a really bad hand. I am doing what I can for him and his family by cooking dinners, etc. Sometimes life is totally unfair.
Sorry to hear that man. Sounds like a great man. Make sure you let him know about this goal. It's amazing what the little things in life mean to someone in a bad place. And as a previous high level athlete, I'm sure he know how much goals matter.
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Old 12-06-17, 10:24 PM   #28
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Ha! Can I steal your goals?

Also can I steal FF's "don't belong" feeling?
I definitely don't feel like I "belong" but it is pretty fun on a personal level! But also it's one of those 2 lives things. It takes so much time but it's so completely separate from "real life".
Of course!
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i want to get that cat 1, and be good enough to have my own groupies.

there was this chick who wanted to take selfie with me at red bull last stand this year though *score* hehehe
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Old 12-07-17, 02:16 PM   #30
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Get to 150lbs
Finish races stronger (haven't figured out how to tackle this one yet)
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Ha! Can I steal your goals?

Also can I steal FF's "don't belong" feeling?
I definitely don't feel like I "belong" but it is pretty fun on a personal level! But also it's one of those 2 lives things. It takes so much time but it's so completely separate from "real life".
Of course! I'm just glad you're back.

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i want to get that cat 1, and be good enough to have my own groupies.

there was this chick who wanted to take selfie with me at red bull last stand this year though *score* hehehe
Groupies are overrated. Long gone are the days when you can randomly grope them, lock them in a room and do weird stuff with zero consequence. There are rules now.

Unless that is you're Tom Brady.
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quit stomping on my parade bro!
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Sorry to hear that man. Sounds like a great man. Make sure you let him know about this goal. It's amazing what the little things in life mean to someone in a bad place. And as a previous high level athlete, I'm sure he know how much goals matter.
He wants to do it and we have talked about it, but maybe it will never happen. He is still recovering from his brain surgery and going through a lot of awful radiation and chemo treatments. His skull is not healed so even riding a bike with a helmet is totally off the table. And all this medical intervention will only buy him is a couple of months with no chance of recovery, but it should get him a couple of good months if what I read online is accurate. And I don't know if he can even remember how to ride a bike, but if it is at all possible he wants to give it a try. He has already per-apologized for riding slowly and not allowing me a decent work-out. I just internally shook my head and wondered WTF.

Every time I ride now by myself is depressing because all I think about is what a cruel thing that has happened to him. I need to get over that. And knowing my friend he would want to kick my ass for feeling that way.
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Goals

1. Stay healthy
2. Have fun
3. Learn to ride with teammates and have fun with team tactics (I joined a new team, most of my prior races I did not have teammates) - be a good teammate
4. Podium at least once in the B crit (3/4)
5. Mentor my friend/teammate who is new to racing to a win in the C crit
6. Be a source of constant irritation
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Old 12-07-17, 10:01 PM   #35
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He wants to do it and we have talked about it, but maybe it will never happen. He is still recovering from his brain surgery and going through a lot of awful radiation and chemo treatments. His skull is not healed so even riding a bike with a helmet is totally off the table. And all this medical intervention will only buy him is a couple of months with no chance of recovery, but it should get him a couple of good months if what I read online is accurate. And I don't know if he can even remember how to ride a bike, but if it is at all possible he wants to give it a try. He has already per-apologized for riding slowly and not allowing me a decent work-out. I just internally shook my head and wondered WTF.

Every time I ride now by myself is depressing because all I think about is what a cruel thing that has happened to him. I need to get over that. And knowing my friend he would want to kick my ass for feeling that way.
I don't know how great your relationship is with this person but this sounds like a perfect place for a tandem ride in a very controlled environvnment. Is there a racetrack crit / RR in your area you can go ride around not in the race? Something new to try for both of you, I'm sure and could be a great time where it takes a lot of the "hard parts" of riding off your friends' shoulder.
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Old 12-08-17, 07:17 AM   #36
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He wants to do it and we have talked about it, but maybe it will never happen. He is still recovering from his brain surgery and going through a lot of awful radiation and chemo treatments. His skull is not healed so even riding a bike with a helmet is totally off the table. And all this medical intervention will only buy him is a couple of months with no chance of recovery, but it should get him a couple of good months if what I read online is accurate. And I don't know if he can even remember how to ride a bike, but if it is at all possible he wants to give it a try. He has already per-apologized for riding slowly and not allowing me a decent work-out. I just internally shook my head and wondered WTF.

Every time I ride now by myself is depressing because all I think about is what a cruel thing that has happened to him. I need to get over that. And knowing my friend he would want to kick my ass for feeling that way.

Oof sorry. Being out of the loop these days, I don't know who you're talking about, but I probably would. So sorry.
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Buy a high-end Audi bike. Those are so F***ing expensive.
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Old 12-08-17, 02:18 PM   #38
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Make it to the final climb with the group at Quabbin.
Be in a place where I can sprint at Ambler Criterium.
Top 20 at GMSR.

Goal that isn't race-specific: get on a team that actually cares about road racing
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Old 12-08-17, 05:47 PM   #39
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Seven different NC venues this year.
There are no goals, just family vacations.
2019 - there are goals.
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... cares about road racing
As opposed to crits or?
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As opposed to crits or?
Please elaborate.
As opposed to MTB racing. Or cross racing.
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As opposed to MTB racing. Or cross racing.
I don't like when they add non-paved to road races.
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can't you tip-toe?
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