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Damn the A-Holes......(22 posts)

Damn the A-Holes......Len J
Oct 17, 2001 10:31 AM
you people on this board are amazing.

Having kind of a down week, work's been hell, some of the crap on this board was getting to me again & then I read the post below on Cycling & sucess stories. WOW.

I start feeling sorry for myself & then I read Morey, or Rich Clark or Elefantino or Roxy or LAIrish or Cycleguy talk about what they have & are going thru & I am truly inspired & grateful & humbled. Thank you all for being so courageous. You remind me of what is truly important in life, surrounding yourself with caring, vibrant people who challange you to be a better you.

Thanks.

Len
re: Damn the A-Holes......morey
Oct 17, 2001 10:37 AM
When I was younger I thought all I needed was ME! When I got older, yes wiser, and had adversity hit me, it was sure nice to have other people to share your pain with. I have learned to share both bad & good. One thing I have learned, is that the people on this board are friends, they share their problems and their joys.
Don't forget, you are one of the good guys too.MB1
Oct 17, 2001 10:43 AM
On the other hand it has been a long time since we have had a good Shimano vrs Campy or Ti flame war here...didn't I see you riding a new Airborne with new waterbottles and full Campy this weekend???

;-))
How 'bout if I have a heart attack while...Rich Clark
Oct 17, 2001 11:49 AM
...riding my Airborne? Then we could discuss whether it would have happened if I'd been riding a Litespeed, or if nothing short of a Seven could have prevented it.

RichC
Hmmm....serves you right for not riding Euro. nmMB1
Oct 17, 2001 12:06 PM
How about if you NOT have a heart attack, Rich?Spinchick
Oct 17, 2001 12:07 PM
We can ( and probably will, now) have that discussion anyway. No heart attacks!!! YOU HEAR ME???? I MEAN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)
:::whine::: Not even a little one? Pleeeeease? nmRich Clark
Oct 17, 2001 12:09 PM
Not unless you are doing the 508 on a Colnago! nmMB1
Oct 17, 2001 12:11 PM
Not even if you do the 508 on a Huffy! I mean it! nmSpinchick
Oct 17, 2001 12:17 PM
Practically guaranteed if you do the 508 on a Huffy. nmMB1
Oct 17, 2001 12:34 PM
Hell, I couldn't do the 508 on a Harley. nmRich Clark
Oct 17, 2001 12:50 PM
Ditto...Spinchick
Oct 17, 2001 10:52 AM
I spent this morning feeling sorry for myself. I had decided I wasn't going to "check in at the board" for a couple of days out of sheer glumness. I'm glad I decided to do it. Had a good laugh (as always) and what a picker-upper to see a subject line wondering where you are today!

Besides, nowhere else is there this many hilarious people together all at once. Laughter - the best medicine.
Wow! and thanks!javagenki
Oct 17, 2001 11:25 AM
I posted this below before I read the new string. Anyhow, here it is again.
Thanks ya'll. I needed to hear some encouraging words.
My daughter died last fall. It was unspeakably horrible. I spent the winter climbing from my normal 250 up to 290. I discovered my comfort foods--beef jerkey and onion rings. I just couldn't get on the bike--that place where your strength comes from was just as dead as dead can be. I spent the spring and summer climbing mountains, riding centuries, and getting my head, heart, and body back together. I'm just about back to my "normal" ride weight. Fall is setting in again, and I needed to hear that I'm not the only one who has discovered some healing on the bike. You guys are a real encouragement to me. Thanks!
Wow! and thanks!morey
Oct 17, 2001 11:35 AM
From adversity, comes strength. I am sorry for your loss. But we all feel your pain. We all love you.
Wow! and thanks!Spinchick
Oct 17, 2001 12:04 PM
I cannot even begin to imagine what it is like to lose a child. Your strength is inspiring and brings tears to my eyes. I hope this strength will help you find peace and healing this fall. She will always be in your heart.
Wow! and thanks!Rich Clark
Oct 17, 2001 12:16 PM
This stops me in my tracks. I'm not a complete stranger to grief and depression, but losing a child is something I can't begin to imagine. It's immensely heartening to know it's possible to come back even from such a grievous blow, and that cycling has helped to enable that.

My hat's off to you.

RichC
Geez, I can't imagine...look271
Oct 17, 2001 12:54 PM
I have two wonderful little girls. I can't even begin to imagine losing either of them. Great to hear that the bike has helped and you are healing. God bless you......
I'd be devastated!..Len J
Oct 17, 2001 12:58 PM
Adversity does make you stronger, if you survive it.

You are inspiring.

Thanks
Len
Wow! and thanks!Tig
Oct 17, 2001 1:26 PM
How can we ever take another breath after losing a big part of our lives, especially a child? You somehow did it. You used all the tools you had within and it worked. The pains and loss will never go away, but at least you are living strong again. I hope the future grows brighter and brighter for you and your family.

Maybe I should call myself the Quote Rider:

"We could never learn to be brave or patient, if there were only joy in the world" -Helen Keller
Wow! and thanks!DCP
Oct 17, 2001 3:29 PM
Thank you for the reminder to focus on the important things. I will be thinking of you and wishing you the best in your recovery when I give my kids an extra hug tonight.
to all those who have posted their sufferingET
Oct 17, 2001 7:11 PM
To see death, a broken spine, Parkinsons, and more, all in such short order, makes us pause and realize what a struggle life is, and that no one can be assured of immunity from that struggle. I just wanted to say that we all hear you and think about your pain, even if we don't all respond to every post. We hear you, and think about you.
Yepmickey-mac
Oct 17, 2001 7:32 PM
I've been fortunate not to have suffered any major catastrophes or illnesses in my life. If I do, I hope to show the same strength you all have shown and also hope that cycling will be a part of my recovery. Thanks for sharing your stories; they are inspirational.

mike mcmahon