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What is your cycling philosophy?

Old 07-08-08, 10:10 PM
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Old 07-08-08, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisvu05 View Post
i think this is kind of a dumb quote. I understand it totally but theoretically if you maintained the same speed as you got more fit than riding does indeed get easier in terms of how much work you do.
A ride may be easier... it's not that you can never ride easy. But if you are in a race or a hard training ride you may be able to use the extra fitness to attack more, or win. For me, I think of this quote frequently when I am hammering up a climb. If you are going all out you are going all out--it's always going to be hard, but I am getting faster and faster and that's what I like. Hey, I got a PR on my TT climb today
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Old 07-09-08, 12:10 AM
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i better burn off all of those high calorie dark brews. errrr, or is it after the high mileage i can consume all of those high calorie dark brews... sometimes i get confused.
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Old 07-09-08, 12:57 AM
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I ride therefore I am.
I pose, therefore I am...
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Old 07-09-08, 04:56 AM
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My old Sgt major said to me upon arrival at my Sqdn in Germany.

"We Work Hard so we Can Play Harder"

I kinda stuck with that one. In everything in life.

That and the seven P's

Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
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Old 07-09-08, 05:28 AM
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There is no philosophy in cycling. It works better when the higher brain functions are turned off.
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Old 07-09-08, 06:15 AM
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Old 07-09-08, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mollusk View Post
There is no philosophy in cycling. It works better when the higher brain functions are turned off.
Which is why I can't use the count-your-pedal-strokes methods of cadence tracking.
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Old 07-09-08, 06:25 AM
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Old 07-09-08, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by NeelsGap86 View Post

So with that in mind, I want to ask the more experienced, older riders of what you do to make yourself get on that bike and ride?
I'm 54 and have been riding road and mtb for over 20 years. I keep riding because I enjoy it, it helps me stay somewhat fit, and if I didn't do something active, I'd be depressed. I don't think it's a 'fountain of youth' as some say. Hell, the old injuries hurt more than ever, recovery time from hard rides is longer, my vision and hearing are getting worse, and other things you'll enjoy later in life are happening.
Don't get me wrong, I know people older than me who are faster, fitter, healthier. A friend is 76 and did 10,000 miles last year. A friend is 62 and completed RAAM for the second time.
One thing that bums me out and makes me consider quitting the road is crashes. I know a lot of people who have terrible injuries from road bike crashes, and two who were killed by cars.
I also knew three who died from heart attacks on bikes, but that isn't the fault of cycling.
Also, I love my riding friends. Nothing like having someone to share the experience with.
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Old 07-09-08, 07:32 AM
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It's (relatively) cheap therapy for the mentally deranged. ......and it get me out of bed in the morning.
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Old 07-09-08, 07:35 AM
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I took seven years off the bike, starting in 2000.

During those seven years, I got fat and lazy. In the spring of 2007, 2 months shy of my 50th bithday, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. That was my wakeup call to get my life back in order.

My 50th was the best birthday I ever had. I lost 50 pounds in five months, and have learned to live with Crohn's.

Now, ever day is a good day! And every day I can ride, it's a great day!
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Old 07-09-08, 12:28 PM
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I truly feel and act younger because I ride. Did you ever tell someone who dosen't ride what you did that morning? They look at you with amazement and is he crazy?... But they are jealous.
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Old 07-09-08, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Pedaleur View Post
I pose, therefore I am...
Truth.
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Old 07-09-08, 01:04 PM
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I ride because:

1. Nothing is better then rolling back into the house at 7:30 am with 30 miles under your belt and everyone else is still asleep.
2. Knowing that almost every time I ride I achieve something I didn't think I could do.
3. Crossing the finish line in the middle of the pack on a century but hearing the yells from my wife and kids and the pride on their face that I did it.
4. Spending a couple of hours that work actually doesn't encroache on my thoughts.
5. Because, at my age, it is still one of the few things that I get excited enough about that I have a hard time falling asleep the night before a big ride.
6. Every ride is an adventure with a different outcome
7. of the endorphin high that lasts most of the day
8. the things I see when I ride.
9. as a engineer I love a working on a smooth machine, as an athlete I love training my body to be better..this is both.
10. this is something that can keep me healthy for a long time.
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Bicycling is the transfer of your legs power into rotational motion through a crank, which is then carried by a chain to a set of sprockets connected to wheels. Everything else is just icing on the cake... including those $1200 component sets.
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Old 07-09-08, 01:11 PM
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