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    Default it sucks to suck

    had an off year.

    started badly with pneumonia, sinus infections - two months of dragging ass.
    family and work stress through the summer made my time on the bike sporadic.
    next thing you know it's november and the downward spiral has taken it's toll.

    i was actually pissed at myself for the way i was riding yesterday.
    it's not that i was off the bike completely.
    i just didn't put in the work required to ride the way i want to ride.

    i don't want to do this the way i did it yesterday.
    time to get the weight down and the fitness back.

    ps - a wise man once told me "make your goals public and you're more likely to achieve them."
    ctfd

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    I feel your pain. Sucking on the bike is always accompanied by self loathing and the notion that I shouldn't be on nice equipment. As I am getting dropped off the back of climbs in March, I think I should be on a Sora equipped Motobecane with reflectors.

    I wish you a year of good health and legs that can keep the self loathing at bay.

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    Default Re: it sucks to suck

    High Five Brother..... I am sucking at the mo too

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    I feel ya.
    I've had the same kinda year, wasn't me being sick though. A family member has lung cancer and the stress that surrounds it has taken it's toll on my family and my riding. Between that and the job I've had an off year, couple this with my age and I'm a freaking turtle right now.

    I hear ya loud and clear, I actually get pissed at myself and my inability to ride the way I want to. If I raced myself from 2010 I'd get my ass handed to me.

    It's Thanksgiving, this is the time of the year I let myself indulge in all the delicious offerings of craft beer that we've all come to be spoiled with here in the PNW. I love me sum winter warmers and IPA's.

    I've a 2 week break from work over Christmas, the work on the bike begins with a big training block and I'm hitting 2013 in full gallop.
    I've some big rides planned for next year, along with a return to racing. I hope to reward my return to fitness with a big phat tubed new aluminum whip next year too.

    I hate it when I suck. nothing is worse than being the anchor, or geting dropped. I hate being slow.

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    Default Re: it sucks to suck

    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    had an off year.


    ps - a wise man once told me "make your goals public and you're more likely to achieve them."
    yes and

    I'm going to Snake Creek for to earn a buckle (by completing the series). now to find my bike...is 5 weeks enough training?

    let us reduce our suckiness!






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    Been a bit of a lost year for me as well. Broken elbow in March took me off the bike for eight weeks. So as my buddies are screaming into summer with peak fitness, I was granny gearing up most hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houston View Post
    As I am getting dropped off the back of climbs in March, I think I should be on a Sora equipped Motobecane with reflectors.
    That actually sounds pretty nice.

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    I'm in the same boat. Stress at work has severely curtailed my riding for the last few months. I'm pathetic even climbing short hills.

    If anything, I have to ensure riding time, especially because it's stressful at work. But it sure is hard to get motivated when work is beating one downwards :(

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    when i get my hip fixed, let's ride together. i've ridden about 10 times in the past 2 months. i'm doing PT now and should be 100% by the new year. i just got back from an hour ride and i'm fucking pathetic. mostly because im still injured but also because i feel fat and slow.

    fucking fuck.



    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    had an off year.

    started badly with pneumonia, sinus infections - two months of dragging ass.
    family and work stress through the summer made my time on the bike sporadic.
    next thing you know it's november and the downward spiral has taken it's toll.

    i was actually pissed at myself for the way i was riding yesterday.
    it's not that i was off the bike completely.
    i just didn't put in the work required to ride the way i want to ride.

    i don't want to do this the way i did it yesterday.
    time to get the weight down and the fitness back.

    ps - a wise man once told me "make your goals public and you're more likely to achieve them."

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    Yup. Hit by car on Jan 29th. Lose a month immediately after.
    Heal up some superficial injuries
    Then surgery to repair torn rotator cuff due to collision.
    Out another month and half, healing and PT.

    Wasted year. Lots of base past month and next few months I guess.

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    Hey it's Thanksgiving. Just saying.

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    Default Re: it sucks to suck

    like i tell my kids..."so don't"
    "make the break"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenCT View Post
    when i get my hip fixed, let's ride together. i've ridden about 10 times in the past 2 months. i'm doing PT now and should be 100% by the new year. i just got back from an hour ride and i'm fucking pathetic. mostly because im still injured but also because i feel fat and slow.

    fucking fuck.
    Quit whining. Your next frame will have a head tube as long as my seat tube. You'll still be faster than me.
    Got some cash
    Bought some wheels
    Took it out
    'Cross the fields
    Lost Control
    Hit a wall
    But we're alright

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    Yo D. Come ride with me, you will feel fast and skinny. Because I suck a whole lot more than all of you and am fatter than all of you.

    Warm ocean water and cold beer too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    i was actually pissed at myself for the way i was riding yesterday.
    it's not that i was off the bike completely.
    i just didn't put in the work required to ride the way i want to ride.
    Life is too short to be pissed*.


    Keep in mind, despite a general lack of fitness compared to the past, you are probably still fitter than 98% of the population.

    * I know what you mean-been there but over the pissed aspect and now look forward to the challenge of increased pace.

    Stay healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenCT View Post
    when i get my hip fixed, let's ride together. i've ridden about 10 times in the past 2 months. i'm doing PT now and should be 100% by the new year. i just got back from an hour ride and i'm fucking pathetic. mostly because im still injured but also because i feel fat and slow.

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    Can I come? The chance to actually drop Darren on a climb, then wait at the top taking pictures of him grunting his out of shape self up the hill instead of the other way around, is a rare opportunity indeed. Happycamper, Christian, Tim , you want in on this action?

    Doug

    P.S. Darren, I think there is an assos parade in Greenwich at 9 a.m. on Friday. Maybe you can hang....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertical_doug View Post
    Can I come? The chance to actually drop Darren on a climb, then wait at the top taking pictures of him grunting his out of shape self up the hill instead of the other way around, is a rare opportunity indeed. Happycamper, Christian, Tim , you want in on this action?

    Doug

    P.S. Darren, I think there is an assos parade in Greenwich at 9 a.m. on Friday. Maybe you can hang....
    I doubt that I could beat Darren up a climb unless his leg was in a cast...

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    what's your riding schedule looking like over the next month or so?
    want to do some rehab rides?
    i'll come up to the greenwich area.
    vert, happy, others in the area - let's do some december miles.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenCT View Post
    when i get my hip fixed, let's ride together. i've ridden about 10 times in the past 2 months. i'm doing PT now and should be 100% by the new year. i just got back from an hour ride and i'm fucking pathetic. mostly because im still injured but also because i feel fat and slow.

    fucking fuck.
    ctfd

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixednwinter View Post
    I'm in the same boat. Stress at work has severely curtailed my riding for the last few months. But it sure is hard to get motivated when work is beating one downwards :(
    Don't let this go on for much longer my good man. I managed to get myself really ill over the head of stress at work. It just isn't worth it,
    you don't deserve it and should really address it a.s.a.p. Talk to somebody and take steps please.

    Lee

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    I get it man. I have decided that I will just have fun and ride. Most of us that "suck" still ride better than 99% of the average population. Just get on the bike and turn the cranks.

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