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Old 03-08-16, 05:03 PM
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Jumping back in the fire

Its been a long time since my combined USCF/NORBA licenses expired -- (2002 i think) ---

I have been riding plenty over the years but with no real rhyme or reason . I'm a big guy and sadly enough, a recreational bicycle ride at a doddering pace only seems to make me hungrier and thirstier--- thus i am also a Clydesdale class hombre' now

fast forward to last fall and i was introduced to downhill along the front range. I raced motocross and dabbled with bmx in my youth and the downhill stuff felt like a natural fit -- since the downhill season is limited to May through September mostly, i have had a couple of months to mull it over --- so i renewed my USA Cycling license a couple of weeks ago -- its time to saddle up again

I realize anybody can go online and pay money for a license renewal, --- but this was a symbolic gesture that meant something to me and i hope is something that can help get me a little lower on the Clydesdale scale.

Its hard for me to commit to yet another meaningless ramble through the countryside on my mountain bike, -- but add in the thought of trying to be the first in my age group down the mountain, and i have to admit, i feel a little surge -- almost a blood lust.
The last motocross race i competed in as well was 4 years ago --- its hard to replicate the feeling of being side by side and wanting nothing more at that moment in time than to pass the guy next to you and make it stick ----- I work in insurance, the guys on the line may be doctors, plumbers, bank tellers, airplane mechanics or whatever - for that fleeting moment it doesnt matter -- we will all gas it to clear the big tabletop knowing full well its going to hurt on Monday if it doesnt work out.

I miss that . It gives me a reason to train - a reason to track how much i eat and how much sleep i get. For some reason , merely "being healthy" wasnt enough of a motivator . Since i took the plunge, it has been good so far --- i've gotten my road machine tuned up and have been on a few training rides and have done my best to skip the beer afterwards

I'll be taking in as much local downhill racing along the front range area as i can get in this season as a cat 2. My primary racing discipline is track , so in the interest of setting small goals, but thinking big at the same time, -- i do have my calendar marked for the 2017 Masters track worlds which are to take place in sunny Carson California (as long as i dont kill myself on the downhill bike first )

California is not local to me but going to Worlds usually involves an international flight to Manchester or Sydney -- so it would mean a lot to me to compete in this on home soil ------ i've got a lot of work to do --- but my training rides have been more meaningful lately than they have been in years


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As long as you're not in my age group for Worlds, welcome back.

If you are I'm going to rip your liver out and eat it in front of you.









Or not.
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Old 03-08-16, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex
As long as you're not in my age group for Worlds, welcome back.

If you are I'm going to rip your liver out and eat it in front of you.

Or not.
I will be 46 in 2017 -------- If you can do that i will quote the AC/DC song by saying - "For Those About To Rock -- We Salute You ! " --

There are so many fast guys' in the 45-49 age group that i will just be happy to make it there -----

Even a quick tempo ride has meaning now -- adding 20 pounds to my currently meager deadlift seems hugely important , plus upping my protein to carb quotient -- simple stuff for most, but i've been out a long time in suburban hell --- i've got a bit of weight to lose but i have to admit --- i feel energized -- the tough part is maintaining the enthusiasm over the long haul and not letting go of my current goals

I've lived a middle class "dream" for a while now --- but there is a saying i like that is applicable to the cause of a lot of Masters age guys --


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Happy to hear of your return and great to see an Okie in this group. I look forward to hearing about your progress back into competition.
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Welcome! or welcome back! is "front range" the front range in colorado or is there one there too? If so, there are a couple of us here from the area.
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Did you ever get the Cannondale Slice that you were talking about in the Tri forum?
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Originally Posted by DMC707
Its been a long time since my combined USCF/NORBA licenses expired -- (2002 i think) ---
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Nice post! Your motivations and enthusiasms are similar to my own...

Originally Posted by valygrl
Welcome! or welcome back! is "front range" the front range in colorado or is there one there too? If so, there are a couple of us here from the area.
I'm one of the Colorado locals.

I'm also a trackie. Though I'm a relative noob on the track, I'm a fast-twitch guy, it seems, and: a) there's a new velodrome in my back yard; b) I'm newly aware of the proximity nats and worlds in the next couple of years, and lastly c) I think RacerEx has aged out of my category (cheap shot), so maybe I'll get to keep my liver? And, maybe I'll be seeing you on the track?
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Originally Posted by valygrl
Welcome! or welcome back! is "front range" the front range in colorado or is there one there too? If so, there are a couple of us here from the area.

Yes-- Colorado and New Mexico --- i may be incorrect with my wordage, but i just call anything within reasonable driving distance of I-25 the "front range" still -- like Keystone, Winter PArk, Angel Fire down south.



Originally Posted by rapwithtom
Nice post! Your motivations and enthusiasms are similar to my own...
I'm one of the Colorado locals.
I'm also a trackie. Though I'm a relative noob on the track, I'm a fast-twitch guy, it seems, and: a) there's a new velodrome in my back yard; b) I'm newly aware of the proximity nats and worlds in the next couple of years, and lastly c) I think RacerEx has aged out of my category (cheap shot), so maybe I'll get to keep my liver? And, maybe I'll be seeing you on the track?

Your living close to Boulder? I'm glad to hear that is going --- i have done a lot of training at the Colorado Springs track in decades past and i hear they have an inflatable dome over it now --
-- my immediate goals are to get my feet wet with the MTB stuff - i know it has absolutely nothing to do with the track -- but i love it so far and i'm hoping will be a way to help me work off the beer gut --- last trip to Angel Fire my HR was 170 going down in places when i uploaded my Garmin data -- and thats with very little pedalling --- the sheer balancing act of trying to control the bike is a workout and i was shocked!
---- I'm old enough to not have much ego anymore - i dont need to chisel myself down to Greek God proportions to go racing on the velodrome, but i'm far enough out of it that i won't have much fun there with my current condition
-- i hope to hit the track by late summer , but my "local" track (only 190 miles away) is the Superdrome -- COS is much more fun because of the lack of humidity in the summer though
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Originally Posted by Heathpack
Did you ever get the Cannondale Slice that you were talking about in the Tri forum?
I didnt - some of the precautions given to me about the current model not meeting USAC regs caused me to lose interest in the C'Dale a bit -- my local club is not USAC - so i am just using my old early 90's funny bike with a riser stem to get the bars up a little bit.


I decided that since i will be racing myself for the most part initially - i dont need to go all out with equipment. Plus, i went on a binge over the winter buying C&V projects to re-furbish and blew my collective wad on old Italian road frames

For a 10 mile TT, i may be faster on my road bike than my old TT bike anyway due to being a bit more comfortable - IDK . Some others suggested turning my seatpost around and putting a set of clip ons on the road bike as well, so thats a thought
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Superdrome is fast and has oxygen . Plus it's a 250. Plus racing at night is cool.

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Welcome DMC. Nice to have another baggie wearing, lift-served appreciating, racer in this forum. Be sure and post your race reports here.

Most of my racing this year will be Enduro, but I'm planning on racing the 55+ Open Downhill at Mammoth this year.........maybe see you there........braap, braap.
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Welcome. I raced in the 80's at a high level, quit, returned in 2010, had a blast, and retired last year. I haven't spent much time riding off paved roads but I am going to start this year.
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Hi, good luck with your journey and have fun with it.

Me, I'm terrible riding downhill in the dirt. Uphill used to work much better for me.
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Welcome to hell. We like it down here and the main man is a blast.

Enjoy the process of returning to racing.
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Originally Posted by nacler22
Welcome DMC. Nice to have another baggie wearing, lift-served appreciating, racer in this forum. Be sure and post your race reports here.

Most of my racing this year will be Enduro, but I'm planning on racing the 55+ Open Downhill at Mammoth this year.........maybe see you there........braap, braap.

Mammoth is a "bucket list" destination for me ---- but the moto side of me wants to do the Mammoth Mountain invitational MX race more than the downhill even. I suppose the most correct choice is to try to do both!
At your age , arent you supposed to be playing golf? - LOL ---- what actually prompted me to hit the slopes was when i was at Winter Park and saw a lot of other "old guys" once people started pulling the helmets off--- it was inspiring !


Originally Posted by shovelhd
Welcome. I raced in the 80's at a high level, quit, returned in 2010, had a blast, and retired last year. I haven't spent much time riding off paved roads but I am going to start this year.
I gotta admit , when i started riding more lately, - i started to get intimidated a bit by inattentive drivers out there. I am having fun on the trail, but i blame my local roads and drivers for forcing me there--- i have to suck it up a bit though as i get a much more controlled workout on the road -- basically i can dial the heart rate in to whatever i want it and keep it there, but out in the trees, the terrain dictates the effort sometimes ---




Originally Posted by Cleave
Hi, good luck with your journey and have fun with it.

Me, I'm terrible riding downhill in the dirt. Uphill used to work much better for me.
I will -- thanks -- I weighed 205 lbs in race shape a decade ago, so i concentrated on track sprint events and local criteriums. I used to enter local 3 day stage races just to race the criterium -- you sshould see the pie plate size cassette i have on my road bike -- LOL. I will climb the hills now -- but it might be at 7 mph




Originally Posted by Hermes
Welcome to hell. We like it down here and the main man is a blast.

Enjoy the process of returning to racing.
I love it - my wife doesnt understand the newfound enthusiasm , as i met her when i burnt out and quit in '02 and except for a few trips to the motocross track , she hasnt seen this side of me, except for old pictures. She has always been mildly curious at why i have always maintained a large fleet of bicycles though , even if i didnt ride them enough

I have renewed friendships with guys' i havent seen or talked to in 13 years-- plenty of folks out there who never stopped riding - and at age 45, they are still FAST -- LOL.
Like i shared with [MENTION=210146]nacler22[/MENTION] above also -- some of the old guys at the mountain bike parks as well looked like current Cat 1's until they pulled the helmets off -
everybody is so nice now though . In my 20's, the competitive streak was burning bright with trash talk, - heavy emotion, etc etc. -- i would never get together for a beer with someone who beat me in a match sprint earlier in the day.

I think the masters age guys still have a competitive spirit , but they dont wear it on their sleeves as much ---- just my initial impressions - that may change if i ever make it to a big event again
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