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Old 12-17-01, 11:45 AM
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Do you forget how good you are?

What I mean, is do you sometimes forget how your skills have improved? I've been doing a lot of training on my road bike lately and went mountain biking this weekend. I rode with my wife and my father-in-law (now 62). I felt great! I was pushing myself and having a great time. I was leading and hit this trail and thought, "Hey, no problem". Well, my father-in-law couldn't make the climb and fell. He got a little hurt (bruised bum) and maybe a bruised ego as well.

The thing is, I felt horrible. I was comfortable with my ability, and selfishly didn't think about him. I did, but not as much as I should have. I thought he could handle it. He usually (suprisingly) hangs with my wife and I on most trails. Of course there are some he bows out of, but this guy rides tetter-totters and 2x6 bridges and some pretty sick chutes! I've been doing a lot of training and didn't realize how much stronger I've become!

So, have you ever been training a lot and then gone riding with your friends and blown them away? Blowing everyone away would've felt great, if not for the fact that my father-in-law got hurt.
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Old 12-17-01, 04:35 PM
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My problem is being a pure climber. A lot of people I ride with have basically the same ability on the flat bits, but as soon we go up, I tend to get in front a bit, and find myself having to stop (or at least, slow down heaps) at the top.
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Old 12-17-01, 05:32 PM
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Where in FLorida were you riding? Belleview? I will be in Gville next weekend and most of next week. I just have to decide which bike to bring, the Stinky or my hardtail??
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Old 12-17-01, 05:40 PM
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Originally posted by Chris L
My problem is being a pure climber.
That is a problem.

Me, I purely ride west, which makes my commute home rather long, but that's less of a problem that searching for an infinite climb.
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Old 12-17-01, 10:31 PM
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Relative to other cyclists, I am far better uphill than against a headwind. I am not a sprinter, but I have pretty good endurance over medium distances. In my case, it's a combination of slow-twitch musculature and a light build.
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Old 12-18-01, 03:48 AM
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I'm good at coasting down hill

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Old 12-18-01, 04:09 AM
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I too love uphills

and love breaking away from my friends when I'm out on rides...it's just the competitive side of my nature coming through...

I can have a cardiac at the top of the climb when I get there

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Allister,
From your avitar it looks like the cosmetic surgery was a success.
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From your avitar it looks like the cosmetic surgery was a success.
Rainman, why do you wear so much make-up? You are starting to look a bit like the Joker.
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Originally posted by John E

Relative to other cyclists, I am far better uphill than against a headwind. I am not a sprinter, but I have pretty good endurance over medium distances. In my case, it's a combination of slow-twitch musculature and a light build.


I'll second that (except for the light-build part). I love hills, because you get this great feeling when you finally crest them; but fighting a headwind is kind of like boxing with Yoda: You keep getting you arse whooped, but he never seems to throw a punch...
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I love headwinds myself. I love that feeling of gradually getting on top of it. The feeling that the wind has thrown everything it's got at you and you are still there sucking it up.
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I'm a sprinter with a bit of the rouleur. I can ride long rides, metrics, centuries -- and still sprint for beer at the end. I haven't QUITE broken 60 km/h [peak, not maintained -- who d'you think I am, Marty Nothstein?] in a sprint yet... but I will next year. My proudest sprint was a 50 km/h [slightly] UPHILL sprint that I nevertheless lost [the guy I was riding with was just too strong]. I was proud to able to hold the speed for as long as I did.

I have to be honest, though, I'm not a climber, eitjer physiologically or by inclination. I hate climbs; they're work. That's why I seek them out and try to best them whenever I can.

Masochistic? Yes. But I figure that, even though I'll never be a climber [like a former Columbian pro I know], practice will make me a better climber and climbing will make me a better sprinter.
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Originally posted by RainmanP
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From your avitar it looks like the cosmetic surgery was a success.
Depends what you mean by 'success'.
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Originally posted by Chris L
I love headwinds myself. I love that feeling of gradually getting on top of it. The feeling that the wind has thrown everything it's got at you and you are still there sucking it up.
This morning was a bit on the cool side, about 35 degrees F. with a gusty, 15 - 20 mph. headwind. I got on a steep hill, fighting a headwind at the same time. I kept thinking, "Wind and hills build character," just like you told me, Chris.

I never realized you meant both at the same time.
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I bet you had an easy ride home!
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