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Old 07-24-07, 04:21 PM
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Hiatus.

As with BD, I am taking leave from bicycle racing. After August 18th, I am going to take time off of the bike to get my life in order.

Racing is becoming much too stressful. Preparing for races is hard enough. Preparing to race against people in other states is even worse. I only have late May-September to ride outdoors (if I'm lucky).

I need to get school over with so I can start my life. Once I'm done with school, I plan on moving to a place that allows me to ride when I want, and not when the weather "allows".
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Old 07-24-07, 04:23 PM
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+1 to getting your life in order. Good form is nothing without a stable life as a foundation.
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"Harden the f*** up"


All that time is foo is making you weak. Poison for the brain and body.
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Best of luck to you, sir.
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Old 07-24-07, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Enthalpic View Post

"Harden the f*** up"


All that time is foo is making you weak. Poison for the brain and body.
Riding in snow on a road bike is close to physically impossible. The cost of this sport is also a factor.

I'm taking a break before I completely lose any interest in cycling at all.
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Old 07-24-07, 04:42 PM
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you gotta do what you gotta do. better now than later, i guess.

i'm also taking a break from racing and have just been enjoying riding for the sake of riding. it's good to step back once in a while.
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Old 07-24-07, 04:51 PM
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Take the time off.
It is life.
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Hope to see you back sometime - your absence has already been noted.
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Originally Posted by Cypress View Post
Riding in snow on a road bike is close to physically impossible.
Snow tires and fenders my friend.

It's actually kinda fun, if for nothing else than to watch the expression on peoples faces when a mummy rides by in the snow.
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Don't be a stranger Cypress. This place will be suckier without you.
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That is good to hear Cypress. I hope that I have not contributed to your stress. Hopefully your travels to MA are nothing more than an opportunity to race in a new area and meet a couple of friends. If the whole experience is too much don't do it. No issue. The original excitement, has like most events petered out. But it is hoped that you can enjoy the experience.
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Don't be a stranger Cypress. This place will be suckier without you.
True dat.
This however, seems to be the way of the roadie: Dive into it early on, have life (sans the bike), get fat, married, and have a career, return to cycling with a huge PCad size schwag budget, and rise again. It's our very own phoenix myth.
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Hiatus is for wussy.

Actually it sounds like it's in order for Cypress, and I can relate. This is a racer-burnout phenomena. I have some idea what that feels like, but I never got into cycling for the competitive aspect of it. For better or worse, I suck @ racing, but that's not all bad. Helps keep it in perspective. I am a type A+ personality, and if I were GOOD at it like Cypress or Dr. W., forget it. I'd be one of those idiot yuppie Cat 2/3's on EPO with SRMs on every bike.

I started riding before I ever thought of racing. Then I enjoyed riding with racers and figured I'd try it, then I raced regularly for about 7 seasons, and I still love riding with the racers on weekends. I can even beat a bunch of them on a good day. But racing always been a carrot for me to get faster, I'll never be very competitive, and I'll be riding long after I stop racing. LONG after I stop racing.

Frankly by biggest incentive to stay fast into my 50's is that racers know how to ride and I'd rather be fast enough to ride with them. Non-racers often do NOT. I understand that will sound condescending to many, but if you've been riding road bikes hard for lots of years like I have, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about here. I'd rather get dropped by a bunch of faster dudes who know how how to ride than hang with a Fred group who scare the **** out of me with their dopey moves half the time. This has nothing to do with racers being cool (half of them are idiots) or having cool bikes (I could give a ****) or any of that. It's about having fun, riding fast (that's big fun) and not getting hurt on group rides.

Let me close by hysterically screaming CAR BAAAACKKKKKK!!!!!!!!! just to make any visiting Freds feel right at home.

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we base our biking/racing decisions on watching 0.0001% of the biking populace on TV. we're inspired by the Contadors and the Cancellaras...

but in all honesty- the other 99.9999% will never pay our mortagages with this sport. its a fact. even if you're a CAT1 or even a ProTour Domestique...

the very next SECOND after you quit.... who will remember YOUR name? the glory is amazingly fleeting... the money is largely non-existant. look at a VeloNews from 5 years ago- do you even recognize ANY of the domestic names?

LIFE is what matters. youre born... then you die. those are the only two rules of the game. there's a whole big blue planet out there of other experiences. to get tunnel vision and let something- anything- narrow your focus too much is bad.

ride your bike. race. its a great sport. but remember... its not your life.


i have a feeling- you'll enjoy the hiatus and be better for it.
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we base our biking/racing decisions on watching 0.0001% of the biking populace on TV. we're inspired by the Contadors and the Cancellaras...

but in all honesty- the other 99.9999% will never pay our mortagages with this sport. its a fact. even if you're a CAT1 or even a ProTour Domestique...

the very next SECOND after you quit.... who will remember YOUR name? the glory is amazingly fleeting... the money is largely non-existant. look at a VeloNews from 5 years ago- do you even recognize ANY of the domestic names?
Why can't my Cat5 brain process this? Why do I spend money to race that should be in the bank? Why do I ride every week with guys that drop me? Why? I had a bad day, sorry.
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Why can't my Cat5 brain process this? Why do I spend money to race that should be in the bank? Why do I ride every week with guys that drop me? Why? I had a bad day, sorry.
Welcome to the Brotherhood of OCP Bike Weenie Idiocy. Now you're one of us.

By the way, if race entry fees are seriously compromising your life savings, your career may not be sufficiently lucrative.
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Welcome to the Brotherhood of OCP Bike Weenie Idiocy. Now you're one of us.

By the way, if race entry fees are seriously compromising your life savings, your career may not be sufficiently lucrative.
Welcome to college!
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Originally Posted by sleazy View Post
we base our biking/racing decisions on watching 0.0001% of the biking populace on TV. we're inspired by the Contadors and the Cancellaras...

but in all honesty- the other 99.9999% will never pay our mortagages with this sport. its a fact. even if you're a CAT1 or even a ProTour Domestique...

the very next SECOND after you quit.... who will remember YOUR name? the glory is amazingly fleeting... the money is largely non-existant. look at a VeloNews from 5 years ago- do you even recognize ANY of the domestic names?

LIFE is what matters. youre born... then you die. those are the only two rules of the game. there's a whole big blue planet out there of other experiences. to get tunnel vision and let something- anything- narrow your focus too much is bad.

ride your bike. race. its a great sport. but remember... its not your life.


i have a feeling- you'll enjoy the hiatus and be better for it.

Well put.

Greg - there is a little stress involved with the MA trip, but that's to be expected with any race. I'm looking forward to it. I'm more nervous because I don't know what to expect.
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Cypress,

When are you going to MA? For which race?
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Hilltowns. Jeez, have you been under a rock for the past eighteen months?
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Cypress -- I wish you the best. I was never a racer with your ability, but I certainly trained harder when I raced & rode with racers. Life intervened (a career & kids -- so that's good), and I had been putting very few miles in the past 3-4 years. Now I'm back riding and actually going to race again, drawing some modicum of inspiration from those around here who show up, get dropped, and show up again.

Point is -- they'll still have races if/when you decide to pick it up again. Take care of you and those around you first. Sounds like a very mature decision on your part.
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Hey Cypress, if you want to explore Austin when you get back into it, let me know. There are about 5 days a year I can't ride here. Maybe only 2.
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Hilltowns. Jeez, have you been under a rock for the past eighteen months?
Nope, head up ass as usual
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Hey Cypress, if you want to explore Austin when you get back into it, let me know. There are about 5 days a year I can't ride here. Maybe only 2.
...And I bet you have more than one race a week, too!
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