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What did you learn from racing ?

Old 10-11-09, 02:54 PM
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What did you learn from racing ?

What did you learn about yourself when racing? What did you learn about your bike/s when racing?

For example, did you learn disciplined training really does pay off? Did you learn the groupset doesn't make a blind bit of difference or the head tube length meant the difference between getting aero and really aero? Etc.
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Old 10-11-09, 02:56 PM
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Old 10-11-09, 03:03 PM
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I have yet to reach "enough" yet... oh, and I suck at this sport
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Old 10-11-09, 03:18 PM
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Old 10-11-09, 03:36 PM
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Old 10-11-09, 03:39 PM
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i learned that JRA for 8hrs/week does not help you win races in cat 4 or 5.
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Old 10-11-09, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by dmb2786 View Post
i learned that JRA for 8hrs/week does not help you win races in cat 4 or 5.
unless you have natural talent
guess you'll have to get to work
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Old 10-11-09, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
unless you have natural talent
guess you'll have to get to work
talent would be nice. I'm gettin' on it!!
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Old 10-11-09, 04:57 PM
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I learned that hard work pays off in the end. Also to work on my weaknesses and focus on my strengths. The latter made me more successful on the racing circuit and much more fun overall.
I learned, pretty early on, that the best bike is by no means an indication of how good the rider is...saw some great performances and finishes on really low end bicycles.
Perhaps my best learning moment was overtraining can really ruin a season...train hard and smart.
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Old 10-11-09, 05:05 PM
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I've made a bunch of friends.
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Old 10-11-09, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by johnybutts View Post
I've made a bunch of friends.
as long as they aren't friends between the start and finish
don't forget, this is the "racing" forum
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Old 10-11-09, 06:35 PM
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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was right: "DO NOT PANIC."

Not sure if to take is a compliment or analyze more what happened, but I got a few "Good job of not over reacting/handling that, not panicking". Half the time I had no idea what they were referring to (it was all just usual stupidity of CAT4 field to me), probably bad.

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Old 10-11-09, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
as long as they aren't friends between the start and finish
don't forget, this is the "racing" forum
I dunno. My friends on different teams are still friends, but with the common goal of beating the other. In fact, in one race, myself and a guy from a different team (but was isolated in this particular race) teamed up to pull the peloton for the benefit of my teammate and another racer who was a friend of the other guy. When we were done pulling for the two guys (who went on to place first and second in the GC) across the flats keeping the breakaway in check, we both slipped off the back of the pack at the start of the 10 mile finishing climb and soft pedaled into the finish. On the way up, I was hungry and he was thirsty for something other than water (this was the 102mi, final stage of a stage race), so I exchanged a waterbottle filled with Gatoraid for a partially eaten clif bar he pulled from his pocket.

Being a friend and a competitor are not mutually exclusive, even during a race. I guess this answers the question posed in the OP.
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Old 10-11-09, 06:43 PM
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Old 10-11-09, 07:25 PM
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I've learned how much I suck, and how much hard work it takes to be mediocre at this stupid sport.
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I learned about pain. Sweet, glorious pain.
I also learned that if you endure enough pain, you can set PR's and get faster.
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I learned that no matter how bad I'm dying and sucking at racing, I have enough voice to make people laugh (spectators, not racers).

Also to watch out for the guy in the crit making car noises (not me!).
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Captain Obvious:
Not training = usually getting dropped.

Misconception:
Just because you've made it to the ultimate category does not mean your worries of sketchy mf'ers have disappeared.

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That a sport that I absolutely love is one that I absolutely suck at.
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I've learned how much I suck, and how much hard work it takes to be mediocre at this stupid sport.
Well said.
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Old 10-12-09, 11:35 AM
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actually a buddy pointed this out, but it's been true for me also.
(he started racing in the 70's)

he said, "ya know, when I look back at my very best friends, the ones I've had for decades and the ones who are always there, even if we haven't talked in a long time, they are all bike racers."
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