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am I insane? ...(18 posts)

am I insane? ...Djudd
May 5, 2002 9:44 AM
because of family obligations my Sunday ride has been getting shorter and shorter. I decided this week I would end the conflict. I got up this (sunday) morning at 4:15 am and was out by 4:45. I carried my cellphone so the kids could get in touch with me. I did eighty-two miles, was sweating when the sun came up and back before the kids were up. While they were fixing breakfast and generally vegetating I was cleaning my bike. My 13 year-old son asked how my bike got dirty, I told them I was out this morning before 5am and did eighty-odd miles. They looked at me like I was insane. I have been riding seriously since I was 16 and I will be 40 in September, so the kids are fully aware of my love/obsession with bicycles. They grew up with it. For some reason this morning's ride seemed really strange and over-the-top to them. When I told them I planned on doing this every Sunday and probably Saturday too they could not believe it. I explained to them the reason why your Dad is not a bloated couch potato like most others is because of my riding. They agreed but they still seem astounded. My kid's love me but they think the old man is crazy.
Maybe I am, but this morning's ride was nothing short of incredible. I can't wait to do it again. I was home long before noon and I feel like I did when I was 17 and me and a group of pals, all teens, all bike-geeks (we lusted after any Italian or French bike) would jump-up at 4am on Sat. and Sun mornings to ride through the Catskills, screaming things like "Merckx passes Thevenet" at one another. Am I insane? are you?
HELL YEAH! (nm)arslan
May 5, 2002 9:49 AM
re: am I insane? ...amflyer
May 5, 2002 10:28 AM
Sounds pretty cool to me, but watch out for those who are just coming home...

Bet you get a chance to see a lot of things that you wouldn't normally see also, ie. wildlife, sun coming up (at least I never see the latter)

i think you are inspiring actually....that is tres cool NmSpirito
May 5, 2002 10:46 AM
an island of reason in an insane world ...bianchi boy
May 5, 2002 11:08 AM
My daughter gives me the same grief over my cycling clothes -- she pretends like she doesn't know me. I bought a light system over the winter for same reason you tried the early morning ride -- not enough time in the day for riding. My wife and daughter both think I'm nuts riding after dark, but I actually feel safer with all the lights and flashers going.
Your daughter must be a teenager...Djudd
May 5, 2002 11:27 AM
it's funny to watch them progress from "hey my dad rides a bike" (0-9 years old) to "dad why do you ride a bike" (9-11 years-old) to "dad don't be seen riding that bike anywhere near my friends" (11-17). My oldest is 18 and until recently she was mortified by me being seen cycling. She's better now but the others are not. It's a shame because they all used to think I was the world's coolest guy (sigh !!!!)
no, you're just like the rest of us here!!rollo tommassi
May 5, 2002 11:43 AM
A great story - thank you!

I say the message your kids are getting is one of devotion, passion, and commitment. A great big Cyber Pat on the Back to you, sir!!
Hey Rollo how about a run down on the Belgian trip...Djudd
May 5, 2002 11:50 AM
at least pictures. How did you get with Museeuw's mechanic? details we need details
Hey Rollo how about a run down on the Belgian trip...rollo tommassi
May 5, 2002 4:48 PM
Thanks for asking - I've been putting together a little website for you guys, a sort of diary with photos. I am a complete neophyte at this, but have been having tons of fun learning to scan photos, use photoshop, and figure out that whole web-thing!

All the details soon!!Including the biggest bonehead mistake I made at the Merckx factory!!!

I hope to have it done in the next two weeks, and I will defininetly post the url for you all. I can't wait to share it with you guys!
Completely normal if you love cycling...PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 5, 2002 11:55 AM

Cool story. I'm 18 so I'm a lot younger but I was in a very severe crash March 30th on the track, 60 km/h headfirst into the ground after T-boning my teammate. It can be seen on at Since the accident I only seriously started my comeback on May 1st and I'm sure there will be lots of cool stories like yours! I have a new found drive and determination the likes of which I never thought I would have experienced. I got to junior worlds in a year and a half after blowing out my knee and being on crutches for 2 months so I have the talent... now I have the drive. Drive is an amazing thing especially when you know a miracle from someone above saved your life.


PS Your kids will think your crazy now... but that drive and determination to get up before 5 to go riding will one day rub off on them
Can't get enough of the old bug, eh?AllisonHayes
May 5, 2002 12:01 PM
Just tell your family you're a secret agent and working with Liberty. They'll either think you are really insane or really cool!!!!!
Dull. JMO. (nm)Sintesi at home
May 5, 2002 5:04 PM
just take care with saturday and friday night drunks.colker
May 5, 2002 1:07 PM
you know. they are arriving home at 5 in the morning.. that's how a friend got hit onm his bike.
drunk drivers. nmcolker
May 5, 2002 1:09 PM
really cool butgrandemamou
May 5, 2002 2:28 PM
be careful. I used to leave at 5:00 a.m. ride 25 miles to the group ride and then do the group ride. I did it for several years but had close calls 2 weeks in a row. One guy nearly ran into me head on. Luckily I ditched in the grass. The next weekend I nearly got sideswiped by a guy hauling a boat. It was enough for me.

My 2 girls are 11 and 13 and so far aren't too embarrased. The only exception is that my older daughter complains about having to explain to her friends why dad shaves his legs.

Be careful out there.
I appreciate the cautions...Djudd
May 5, 2002 3:04 PM
luckily the route I take includes a long stretch on a biker trail. This morning it was practically empty and when I got off the trail to continue the streets were also empty. However, I know from experience you cannot relax on the street.
Early rides are the bestflying
May 5, 2002 10:10 PM
Congrats on finding the early morning rides.
I do the same. Like you I enjoy being done early & having time with the fam etc. on weekends.

I also ride every week morning at 5:40 a quick 13 mile loop.
It is the best way to start the day!

You have kids, of course you're insane. ;-) nmLeisure
May 6, 2002 1:03 AM