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Old 07-25-07, 05:27 PM
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There is life after racing

This is directed to those who are getting a little tired of the racing scene, and it seems there are a few of those just now.

If you don't really want to race anymore, but don't really want to return to riding recreationally, there are other options which can also offer a challenge and change things up a bit ...

http://www.rusa.org/
http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/links/links.html
http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/
http://www.albertarandonneurs.com/
http://www.audax.org.au/
http://www.audax.uk.net/index2.htm
http://www.audax-club-parisien.com/

http://www.ultracycling.com/
http://www.adventurecorps.com/
http://www.machka.net/links.htm

Just to name a few.
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Old 07-25-07, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
This is directed to those who are getting a little tired of the racing scene, and it seems there are a few of those just now.

If you don't really want to race anymore, but don't really want to return to riding recreationally, there are other options which can also offer a challenge and change things up a bit ...

http://www.rusa.org/
http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/links/links.html
http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/
http://www.albertarandonneurs.com/
http://www.audax.org.au/
http://www.audax.uk.net/index2.htm
http://www.audax-club-parisien.com/

http://www.ultracycling.com/
http://www.adventurecorps.com/
http://www.machka.net/links.htm

Just to name a few.
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Old 07-25-07, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
This is directed to those who are getting a little tired of the racing scene, and it seems there are a few of those just now.

If you don't really want to race anymore, but don't really want to return to riding recreationally, there are other options which can also offer a challenge and change things up a bit ...

http://www.rusa.org/
http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/links/links.html
http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/
http://www.albertarandonneurs.com/
http://www.audax.org.au/
http://www.audax.uk.net/index2.htm
http://www.audax-club-parisien.com/

http://www.ultracycling.com/
http://www.adventurecorps.com/
http://www.machka.net/links.htm

Just to name a few.
You could always tri multisport.

For me, I love mass start bike racing and the chess game it presents.
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Old 07-25-07, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Bantam View Post
You could always tri multisport.

For me, I love mass start bike racing and the chess game it presents.
If you love racing, then these other forms of cycling probably won't interest you ... but if you're at the point that a few people here are (as expressed in other threads recently) where you want to keep cycling, but not racing, these are some options.

When I quit racing, I wasn't aware of all these other types of cycling, and I figured that my only option would be to return to recreational riding, doing the odd century, and/or maybe the occasional short tour ... but I wasn't happy with that idea. And then I found Randonneuring, and for me, that met my desire for challenge without all the pressures and hassles of racing.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
If you love racing, then these other forms of cycling probably won't interest you ... but if you're at the point that a few people here are (as expressed in other threads recently) where you want to keep cycling, but not racing, these are some options.

When I quit racing, I wasn't aware of all these other types of cycling, and I figured that my only option would be to return to recreational riding, doing the odd century, and/or maybe the occasional short tour ... but I wasn't happy with that idea. And then I found Randonneuring, and for me, that met my desire for challenge without all the pressures and hassles of racing.
I totally understand where you are coming from. The thing is that I used to run road races and I was not satisfied with it because there was no race-craft. I love race-craft, the mental side of the game appeals to me on a huge level.
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Old 07-26-07, 07:05 AM
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When I gave up racing after my major burnout, it was about 10 years of just commuting and riding for fun about 3 times/week. I took up astronomy and woodworking to replace some of the training time, but I also got my social life back. I always kept my fitness to within 6 months of being really fast again, and that worked out well when I turned the interval volume up to 11 in the spring of '06.

Now that I'm back into it, I've got a nice balance because I don't race "seriously." I go through the season longing for more races, which is a great hunger to have. I'll never burn out on racing if I'm always wishing I could race more.
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From what I have read here it looks like most are having mid/end season burnout. Very common if you start the season going 110% both mental and physical also for the first few years of racing *hell I never got over it*.

This year for me was more about getting back in shape than racing so it wasnt that stressful. Next year when im hitting every race around I will take a 3 week break in June. Yeah you lose a little fitness doing this but at our level it shouldnt hurt overall that much. Then another 3 week break in October.

Just my .02 as what has worked for me in the past

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Not sure how many people with burnout from training for ~50 mile races will look into doing brevets!
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Originally Posted by cat4ever View Post
Not sure how many people with burnout from training for ~50 mile races will look into doing brevets!

That makes no sense. Nobody complains about having to train a bit of distance, it's the having to be "on" that is the problem.
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I hear how so many people don't have the time to train. Now would these people have time for a 600k? That's what I'm getting at.
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Old 07-26-07, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by cat4ever View Post
I hear how so many people don't have the time to train. Now would these people have time for a 600k? That's what I'm getting at.
The people that need to get away from racing aren't the same ones complaining about time. They are almost always the ones that just don't want the pressure anymore. Usually because of other life comittments and/or too many years having to be "on" for competition. I am in both those categories btw.
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I think a lot of the people who burn out are simply putting in too much time. I'm much faster and happier now that I ride about 1/3 as much as I did when I started racing.
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Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
The people that need to get away from racing aren't the same ones complaining about time. They are almost always the ones that just don't want the pressure anymore. Usually because of other life comittments and/or too many years having to be "on" for competition. I am in both those categories btw.


I'm referring to the people on this forum that specifically noted "time" as being a factor. I've not seen one yet talking about pressure.
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Originally Posted by cat4ever View Post
Not sure how many people with burnout from training for ~50 mile races will look into doing brevets!
Most people in Randonneuring do one Super Randonneur series (a 200K, a 300K, a 400K, and a 600K), and maybe one or two longer events (1000K and/or 1200K) each year. They might throw in an extra 200K or 300K if they feel like it.

Added up, that's only 5-8 events a year.

While each of the events is time consuming, the training isn't really any more time consuming than racing. Most of us "train" by commuting to work, going on evening rides when the weather is nice, and doing some longer rides on the weekends at a nice comfortable pace, with the distance of those rides, and the frequency of those rides, being up to us. If we want to cut it short, we do ... if we want to keep riding all day, we do. So ... there's a lot less pressure than racing, and not really much more of a time commitment than racing (perhaps less).
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