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Old 09-27-08, 03:38 PM
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Do you consider yourself an athlete?

I was curious with all of the talk of "jocks" and whatnot. I personally have never identified myself as an athlete, and despite training pretty hard on my bicycles, I still don't really.
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Old 09-27-08, 03:42 PM
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I do not; however, I've noticed that a lot of the college doods on my floor and in my dorm consider me an "athlete", some only in jest and others in a serious manner.
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Old 09-27-08, 03:44 PM
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Pronunciation:
\ˈath-ˌlēt, ÷ˈa-thə-ˌlēt\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle English, from Latin athleta, from Greek athlētēs, from athlein to contend for a prize, from athlon prize, contest
Date:
15th century

: a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina
So, yes.

The connotations that people choose to throw on it (racer, competitor, having reached a certain level of ability, etc. etc.) are up to them. For instance, some genious reporter for SI maintained that Lance was not an athlete because he rode a bike.
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Old 09-27-08, 03:44 PM
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When I used to play sports that actually entertained people and were competitive, yes. Now that it's all rec league stuff...not really.
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Old 09-27-08, 03:45 PM
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Yep ... definitely!

According to Encarta:
ath·lete: noun
Definition:
somebody with athletic ability: somebody with the abilities to participate in physical exercise, especially in competitive games and races

According to Cambridge:
athlete noun
a person who is very good at sports or physical exercise, especially one who competes in organized events.

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Not only have I spent 18 years cycling "seriously" (and another 17 years before that cycling "casually"), competing in cycling events, and participating in organized cycling events of various sorts ... I also participate in several other sports. Being active is my life!
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I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of you. I just ride 400 miles a week in those pants.
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Old 09-27-08, 04:21 PM
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I've been involved with organized sports for over 20 years, and I'm naturally bigger, stronger, and faster than you. So yes, I consider myself an athlete.
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Old 09-27-08, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of you. I just ride 400 miles a week in those pants.
Funny thing. I, too, put my pants on one leg at a time. After I put them one, I make gold records.
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Old 09-27-08, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by uke View Post
I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of you. I just ride 400 miles a week in those pants.
Do you wear training pants?

"...before we're done here, y'all be wearing gold-plated diapers."
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Old 09-27-08, 04:33 PM
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If being extremely handsome and having sculpted, challah-bread looking quads implies athleticism, then yes, I am an athlete.
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Old 09-27-08, 04:39 PM
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Yes but by definition probably more for volleyball than for cycling...though cycling keeps me in better shape...which in turn help my volleyball.

I was a stud ont he court on Thursday night...I am skilled at the game but the >20 lbs I have lost this summer cycling and running have made a huge difference...I can no cover the court sideline to sideline on defense again which I have not been able to do since college.
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I voted no, because I have only been serious about fitness for 7-8 months, cycling for less than half that. I like to think I will be. Although by the definitions I've seen here I qualify, I think for me that is an overstatement.

I do consider many of the posters here, including this thread, to be athletes.

I am a fredlete.
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Old 09-27-08, 04:51 PM
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I vote yes, Because I bet the "perfect" athlete Michael Phelps couldn't jump on my bike and do a double century...

(unless of course he swam the double century, pulling the bike behind him in a small boat)
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Old 09-27-08, 04:54 PM
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As a racer and serious cyclist, I'm an athlete. A slow amateur, but an athlete.
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Old 09-27-08, 04:59 PM
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I always got the jist that athletes who were considered "athletes" were part of a culture which I was always far removed from. I played baseball for seven years, and even then I never quite fit in. Furthermore, I was never really competitive-minded, nor am I very aggressive, lke many athletes are.

With that said, even though I train hard and race sometimes, and have a pretty well-sculpted body because of that (and guads of GOLD), I would say that I have an athlete's body with a non-athletic mind.
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Old 09-27-08, 05:08 PM
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I voted yes.
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Old 09-27-08, 05:13 PM
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My co-workers consider me an athlete.

More importantly, my wife considers me an athlete.

So long as she thinks so, what does it matter what I think?
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Old 09-27-08, 05:15 PM
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mostly because i've always been an athlete, not because of anything related to cycling.

but cycling helps the cause, since i don't play any other sports nowadays.
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Old 09-27-08, 05:26 PM
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By definition then: yes
By personal opinion: no

Why? To me it seems that an athlete should be competing and the only person I compete against is myself.
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Old 09-27-08, 05:33 PM
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I voted no.

3 years of off and on training with a few major injuries and while I may try, I'm no athlete. Every sport has 'invisible markers' of respect in regards to being considered an athlete in that sport. I'm no where near past that marker.

I've always been the guy that would have to train 3x harder just to be average, so until I get a good string going, then I'll just be a guy who cycles alot.
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Old 09-27-08, 05:39 PM
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You've got to be kidding.
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Old 09-27-08, 05:44 PM
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if i google search 'ironman MyFull Name' my stats for my only 4 races, for some reason, are in the 1st result listed. i've never done an ironman.

but no.
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Old 09-27-08, 05:54 PM
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The people I work with only consider those who play popular pro sports as athletes and think the only reason one would ride a bike is a) if they stole it form their kids or b) lost their driver's license. If popular opinion rules, then no, I'm not an athlete.

Oh, and I hope the shark wins.
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not any more.... just trying to stay ahead of the old age curve.
 
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Oh, and I hope the shark wins.
He always does.
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