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Why I love cycling...

Old 11-22-12, 09:06 AM
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Why I love cycling...

Because I hate running... did the Turkey Trot 5k this morning, and reminded me why all over again why I love cycling. Cool crown and atmosphere though.

Now let the feast begin.
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I despise running, It's not as terrible now as it was before simply because i have a better cardio vascular system because of cycling. But ya, I still hate running.
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Agree on the running. 30 seconds into it I'm already thinking "aren't we there yet?"
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Agree on the running. 30 seconds into it I'm already thinking "aren't we there yet?"
That was exactly how I felt this morning... I was really there for the cider.
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i used to like running/jogging.

till i took an arrow to the knee.
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I love cycling not because of what I hate but rather what I love- the technology and machine, the absolute wonder of the human body, the beauty of the environment and landscape and how these three cycling elements combine seamlessly into a time warping exercise that rejuvenates better than any drug could hope. If I could liquify how I feel with cycling and put it in a bottle, the drug and alcohol industry would evaporate.
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I love cycling not because of what I hate but rather what I love- the technology and machine, the absolute wonder of the human body, the beauty of the environment and landscape and how these three cycling elements combine seamlessly into a time warping exercise that rejuvenates better than any drug could hope. If I could liquify how I feel with cycling and put it in a bottle, the drug and alcohol industry would evaporate.
Eloquently put. That's up there with the Ernest Hemmingway quotation used for the 41 forum listing. Well done!
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
I love cycling not because of what I hate but rather what I love- the technology and machine, the absolute wonder of the human body, the beauty of the environment and landscape and how these three cycling elements combine seamlessly into a time warping exercise that rejuvenates better than any drug could hope. If I could liquify how I feel with cycling and put it in a bottle, the drug and alcohol industry would evaporate.
You almost made me cry man! (seriously, that's very nicely phrased)
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Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
i used to like running/jogging.

till i took an arrow to the knee.
This begs for an explanation
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Originally Posted by Mike F View Post
This begs for an explanation
oh... i knew it was prolly gonna be a wasted reference but i posted it anyway. it's from the game "skyrim".

i did injure my knee from running. pain is prolly close to taking an arrow on the knee.
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Meh. Running's legit. No excuses about wind, power, hills, drafting, etc. You run harder, you go fast. No excuses. Love that about running compared to cycling, where everyone always has some excuse, including going as far as to say that there's no valid metric other than a friggin 'TSS' power score on a ride.

18:30 for me in today's 5k. Decent showing!
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I cycle to release the demons in my mind. I suffer from clinical depression and cycling enables me to forget about my stigma and enjoy the ride.
BTW, great input from surgeonstone above.
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1 View Post
Meh. Running's legit. No excuses about wind, power, hills, drafting, etc. You run harder, you go fast. No excuses. Love that about running compared to cycling, where everyone always has some excuse, including going as far as to say that there's no valid metric other than a friggin 'TSS' power score on a ride.

18:30 for me in today's 5k. Decent showing!
That's awesome. I can't break 20. Then again, I'm 47. Yeah, I think I'll use that as my excuse.
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ATL Thanksgiving Half Marathon for me this morning. Love me some running also. It's so simple, put on shoes, out the front door i go
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My bicycles and dh skis are the best time machines in the world.
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I love cycling because while I am on the bike I can escape, albeit temporarily, my personal problems.

Escapism at its very best!
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Cycling is self therapy for me. A place to organize my thoughts, set priorities and get some 'me' time.

Bad bike wreck yesterday, resulted in my broken left hand . . . . I'm gonna got nuts until it heals and I can ride again.
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Originally Posted by bobones View Post
Eloquently put. That's up there with the Ernest Hemmingway quotation used for the 41 forum listing. Well done!
I love cycling because i like to see how fast I can take off before my wife notices I am gone...Oh and I hate running
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Any time I go running I have my bike with me, on my shoulder. And I still hate it.
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Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
oh... i knew it was prolly gonna be a wasted reference but i posted it anyway
Not wasted, made me smile
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Originally Posted by ThinLine View Post
I cycle to release the demons in my mind. I suffer from clinical depression and cycling enables me to forget about my stigma and enjoy the ride.
BTW, great input from surgeonstone above.
Keep on riding bro. Of all the reasons posted here, yours ranks in the top 5!
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Both are fine...in the winter I spend a decent amount of time on my treadmill in the basement. I must say though that to me running is so much more harder on the body; I believe that is well documented. I played basketball through college so the knees and ankles have been through a lot; cycling is so much easier on those joints.

The quote is excellent; I agree to put it up there with the Hemingway quote.
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I ran for 20yrs before i got my first (serious)bike because cannot run any more...cycling sooooo much more fun, wish i did this MUCH sooner
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Originally Posted by vermilionx View Post
oh... i knew it was prolly gonna be a wasted reference but i posted it anyway. it's from the game "skyrim".

i did injure my knee from running. pain is prolly close to taking an arrow on the knee.
Ok. I get it now. At first I thought it may have involved alcohol, a bet and an apple
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i do it for the access to doping
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