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When you're having a bad day..

Old 07-07-12, 11:26 AM
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When you're having a bad day..

the wind is wrong unless it's a gale directly at your back and even then it foreshadows suck because you know you have to turn into it to finish.

The pack is erratic no matter how experienced the riders in it are.

The saddle hurts no matter how many miles you have on it.
(same for chamois)

Brakes are rubbing no matter how loose you have them set.

When the pack begins to pull away not only are they taking your shelter and draft with them but also your motivation.

Anything else?
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The climbs never, ever end.

You know there is a headwind but the flags are all limp.

Tires feel flat but no matter how many times you look at them they appear to be fine.

Get to the steep part of the climb only to find out you were in your granny long before the steep part begins.
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Originally Posted by Lowcel
You know there is a headwind but the flags are all limp.
Truth.
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You start your ride into the wind to get the benefits on the way back--only to find mother nature has other plans for you.

It starts to rain and it only gets hotter and steamier.

two bees go down the front of your jersey and you only get one out in time.

You leave for a ride, get 2 miles from the house and work calls you in, then you get a flat. Do you fix it or walk?
You decide walking is faster. You change clothes and get almost to work and the reason they called you in for has changed and you can go back home, to a flat bike!

You get way out on a ride to discover you only put ice in you hydration pak, and no water.

Did I leave the oven on? You think about this when you are 20 miles from home.
Another one, did I close the garage door? Crap, I have a bike in the garage. Double crap, no neighbors are home to check.
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You get a flat. It promptly starts thunderstorming. (welcome to florida)
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all out of oreos.
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Originally Posted by Walter

Anything else?
Murphy's Law of Cycling states "if you have a headwind going out, you will most certainly have a headwind coming back".

I ride in a valley, we are surrounded with little hills all over the place. Hills are a part of the joy of riding in this area. However, wind forecasts are erratic at best. Too many strange currents blowing around the hills, subject to water temps, air temps, etc etc.

Windy? Just hit the small chainring (road double) and spin. And dont freak out when a jogger drops you. Now that's a bad day.
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Heat index is 110*F, 20 miles left on a metric century, and you are out of fluids.
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You're climbing, and no matter how hard you hit your brifter, it can't find a bigger cog on your cassette.
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Originally Posted by Ra_
Heat index is 110*F, 20 miles left on a metric century, and you are out of fluids.
Sounds like it's time to go all Bear Grylls...

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You start to go for a ride and weather turns very bad,and all you've got to do is talk on the 41
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Originally Posted by DGlenday
You're climbing, and no matter how hard you hit your brifter, it can't find a bigger cog on your cassette.
This ONLY happens on a bad day? What kind of "climbs" are these?
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Originally Posted by Ra_
Heat index is 110*F, 20 miles left on a metric century, and you are out of fluids.
Think you meant 32km left of a metric century? ;-)
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You cramp up. Then you cramp up, again. Then, you have a flat and while repairing the flat you cramp up. By then, your group is miles up the road and you ride home solo feathering your effort so you don't cramp once again.

Tomorrow will be better, really.
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The legs just don't have the strength I wanted them to have. I start on an uphill grade of 6%-8% and it feels like I have a flat tire in the rear. Those days when you just don't feel quite right and you can't tell why. Ride anyway, because it'll be different tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by bike56
You start to go for a ride and weather turns very bad,and all you've got to do is talk on the 41
Damn! That IS a Bad Day.
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Everyone else is having a good day.
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Originally Posted by Beaker
Everyone else is having a good day.
Always seems to work that way.
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Forget my daily veggie juice before the big ride and feel flat and slow riding.
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You turn one traffic light to soon and missing buddy waiting to help you after you get dropped. Then ride home pissed off because you thought he just ditched you.
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You're riding solo. Computer stops working. You debate if it's more annoying to try to fix it or ride without it. Finally decide to stop to try to fix it. As soon as you slow to stop to fix it, it suddenly starts working again. 2 miles down the road, it stops working. Repeat cycle.
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You don't get to ride
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You don't get to ride
Amen
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