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Riding details and negative responses?(7 posts)

Riding details and negative responses?PseuZQ
Nov 13, 2002 2:40 PM
Anyone else here get the hairy eyeball whan you talk about how much you ride? Mentioned a fairly ambitious ride I'm planning to a colleague of mine. He asked if I was going to ride it alone, and I said yes, unless you know anyone who wants to ride 108 miles Sunday. (This ride is a big challenge for me, btw..) His response was kind of snotty like, "You're the only one I know who has that block of *time* available." Another time, this same guy referenced a neighbor of his who "can only do three hour rides because he 'has a life'."

I said I thought it was a little more about fitness and motivation than it was about time, since not everyone could ride a significant distance if only they they had a discrete block of time.

Ultimately, yeah, I know it's about having the time to train. But it's also desire, and the ability to focus on goals. I ride with this guy, though, and part of me is hoping he's just annoyed because he's in less than optimal physical condition.

Or maybe he's annoyed becauseAllez Rouge
Nov 13, 2002 2:56 PM
he doesn't have an equally-long "block of time" available to go off and do whatever floats HIS boat. Maybe that's riding with you, or maybe it's something else. Either way, I wouldn't stress out over two similar comments from the same person. You go do what you gotta do. If he chooses to get in snoot about it, it's his problem, and his loss.
Why would you worry about this?mohair_chair
Nov 13, 2002 3:02 PM
Ignore petty people.
I'm [sniff]...sensitive.PseuZQ
Nov 13, 2002 3:17 PM
I guess because I put a lot of effort into what I do. While I don't expect a lot of external validation, I don't like snide remards either.

I try to be very careful about crossing the line between enthusiasm and bragadoccio. (I'm the first to admit that although I can ride reasonable distances, I'm also fat and slow.)

I'm venting here in an effort to not let it bother me.
re: Riding details and negative responses?desmo
Nov 13, 2002 3:42 PM
But it's fine to waste a whole Sunday on the golf course, right?
re: Riding details and negative responses?KSC
Nov 13, 2002 3:44 PM
I suppose I've encountered similiar attitudes.

If you're just looking for a comeback, why don't you ask him how many hours he spends watching TV, tracking sports events, shopping for personal luxuries, commuting at work, drinking, sleeping at night, mowing the lawn, fixing the car, doing crossingword puzzles, reading the comics, cooking, gossiping, etc.

For 99% of people the time factor (serious racers exempted) is usually a matter of priorities. For most people, there is a lot of time wasted on stupid things.

If he's arguing that you should be spending less time riding and more time feeding the poor, tutoring at your local school, assuaging war in Africa, investigating illegal water pollution, learning to speak Farsi, etc., then maybe he has a point - depends on your personal philosophy.

Something tells me this guy fits into the former category - no need to take that s.
Tell him to sell his TV and take back his life! NFMSpunout
Nov 14, 2002 6:59 AM