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Is racing like the mafia?

Old 09-24-08, 04:52 PM
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Is racing like the mafia?

Just when I think I'm out, they pull me back in...
So I've stepped away from racing over the last few years, save the practice race every week and the odd weekend race.
A new team has formed here in town and I've been included in the mayhem...to the tune of 15 or more races next year...
I guess I'll actually need to train over the winter...and build a disposable race bike.
I'm thinking CAAD9 with Ultegra SL...
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Old 09-24-08, 05:19 PM
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yeah, so what.
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Old 09-24-08, 05:46 PM
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It's like the Mafia, but fewer movies get made about it.
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Old 09-24-08, 05:50 PM
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The Mafia is safer. And you don't have to get up so friggin early either. And it's warmer.
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I thought it's more like amphetamines. Look at the psychological effects and you tell me.

Psychological effects of amphetamine can include anxiety and/or general nervousness (by increased norepinephrine), euphoria, metacognition, creative or philosophical thinking, perception of increased energy, increased sense of well being, increase of goal-orientated thoughts or organized behavior, repetitive behavior, increased concentration/mental sharpness, increased alertness, feeling of power or superiority, emotional lability, excitability, talkativeness, an increased expression of aggression or paranoia, and occasionally amphetamine psychosis, typically in a high and/or chronic doses.
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Old 09-24-08, 11:32 PM
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Nah. We eat more pasta than the mafia.
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Old 09-25-08, 04:57 AM
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you will race or animals get involved

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZtyvlzVm7Y
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'Leave the Colnago. Take the canoli.'
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Old 09-25-08, 05:02 AM
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15 races in a year?
The Mafia shall expect a fuller commitment.
Capice?
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Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
15 races in a year?
The Mafia shall expect a fuller commitment.
Capice?
My pal in high school had a 1974 Caprice.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
'Leave the Colnago. Take the canoli.'
but in true north-eastern italish :leave the colnago, take the canoles."
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Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
15 races in a year?
The Mafia shall expect a fuller commitment.
Capice?
The minimum was 15...
If I include the spring series and cross, it'll be closer to 25-30.

I'm sorry Don Vittorio, I have nothing left to give...
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I felt the same yesterday on my shop group ride. I got SHELLED coming back; I just couldn't keep up with the pace. I felt a little down for a few minutes, but as soon as it was over, I wanted MORE.

Racing makes me feel the same way. I hate it for the first few minutes, and then want to do it again when I'm done!
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Your description makes it sound more like a highly addictive drug.
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Old 09-25-08, 10:47 AM
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Isn't that exactly what it is?

..and I love being an addict.
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Old 09-25-08, 04:56 PM
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Dude. The first rule about Race Club is we don't talk about Race Club.

anyway, I've been known to leave a horse's head in a cat 5 n00b's race bag.
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Old 09-25-08, 06:15 PM
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Dude. The first rule about Race Club is we don't talk about Race Club.

anyway, I've been known to leave a horse's head in a cat 5 n00b's race bag.
Why a cat 5? I'd leave it in a competitor's bag if he said he wouldn't work for me in the upcoming race. Make him an offer he can't refuse.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Why a cat 5? I'd leave it in a competitor's bag if he said he wouldn't work for me in the upcoming race. Make him an offer he can't refuse.
I'm not about to start a war with one of the other families. My job is to act as enforcer, keeping the n00bs in check and collecting protection money from them. On local group rides, I carry a baseball bat and whack the ones who can't hold their line.
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Old 09-26-08, 08:43 AM
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^ Point well taken.
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