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Waiting at bottom of hill

Old 04-03-23, 07:49 PM
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Waiting at bottom of hill

Yesterday on my way to work I waited at the bottom of the ~3 minute climb because I wanted a rabbit to chase. Just no fun at all otherwise and I wasn’t in a hurry. Sure enough someone showed up and we raced up the hill, but later I felt kind of obnoxious for waiting for him and then passing.

How would you feel if this happened to you?
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Wait longer so you cannot catch him. even if you bust your lungs trying. Then try. Great workout and yo won't offend anyone. And if you do catch him, thank him in your blown state for being a superb rabbit.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
How would you feel if this happened to you?
I would feel bad for the person who sat and waited for any random person to show up so he could race them up a hill. I wouldn't say anything because someone who needs to do that isn't someone who would take commentary well in the moment.
I also feel I would laugh with my wife about it when I came home and told her what happened.
Then I wouldn't ever think about it again.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
I would feel bad for the person who sat and waited for any random person to show up so he could race them up a hill. I wouldn't say anything because someone who needs to do that isn't someone who would take commentary well in the moment.
I also feel I would laugh with my wife about it when I came home and told her what happened.
Then I wouldn't ever think about it again.
You wouldn't return a hello? This guy didn't either
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...But did the highfalutin roadie accuse you of having a motor when you passed him & ran him ragged in your draft? (I was so accused, today.)

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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Yesterday on my way to work I waited at the bottom of the ~3 minute climb because I wanted a rabbit to chase. Just no fun at all otherwise and I wasn’t in a hurry. Sure enough someone showed up and we raced up the hill, but later I felt kind of obnoxious for waiting for him and then passing.

How would you feel if this happened to you?


IOW I would have felt you were obnoxious too
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Yesterday on my way to work I waited at the bottom of the ~3 minute climb because I wanted a rabbit to chase. Just no fun at all otherwise and I wasn’t in a hurry. Sure enough someone showed up and we raced up the hill, but later I felt kind of obnoxious for waiting for him and then passing.

How would you feel if this happened to you?
It is obvious that you had your power output set to 400w, and there was no way the other rider could match your speed. Congrats on your Cat 6 victory!


I am sorry I have to drop you because you look like Lance
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It would be much easier (and a more efficient use of time?) if you simply climb/ride against your previous best times on a given course.
No one to wait for.
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we used to have a regular poster that did the same around his town. he posted his videos w/ captions. it was hysterical
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The victim showed good judgement in backing off. Avoid squirrels.
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If you lose to a CAT7 like me, you really need to stop it already.
Your dignity would be shredded.
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Wait a second, this post is an April Fools post, just 2 days late!

Right??
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Originally Posted by datlas


IOW I would have felt you were obnoxious too
For any number of reasons?
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
..Sure enough someone showed up and we raced up the hill..
Ha! That was me! I wondered why you were waiting there. I was cooling down after a 75-mile tempo ride.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
...I wanted a rabbit to chase...
Ha... I know the felling... Link: Walking up hills


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It would have been more funny if the guy he was chasing (the "rabbit") had stopped halfway up the hill and turned into a driveway, or something. Race over.
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It would have been more funny if the guy he was chasing (the "rabbit") had stopped halfway up the hill and turned into a driveway, or something. Race over.
That just means the “rabbit” was forced to abandon.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Yesterday on my way to work I waited at the bottom of the ~3 minute climb because I wanted a rabbit to chase. Just no fun at all otherwise and I wasn’t in a hurry. Sure enough someone showed up and we raced up the hill, but later I felt kind of obnoxious for waiting for him and then passing.

How would you feel if this happened to you?
I hope that while you were waiting at the bottom of the hill, you took out your phone (to at least pretend) to text, e-mail, or trade some stock, so that you did not appear so desperate and obvious at the bottom of the hill.
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The post would have been more entertaining if the rabbit then started playing possum, then, after being passed, became a greyhound, then passed LS, again.
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Originally Posted by delbiker1
The post would have been more entertaining if the rabbit then started playing possum, then, after being passed, became a greyhound, then passed LS, again.
Yeah. He really phoned in this one.
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You need to up your game Larry. Make a Strava segment out of this hill. Then after you repeatedly rest up at the bottom and over take a few riders a day, not only will you become the local legend, you may get a KOM.
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