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Bummer, man!(17 posts)

Bummer, man!look271
Apr 5, 2003 4:00 PM
I have been looking forward to doing the 3 state 3 mountain challenge in Tenn since I did it last year. Training is on schedule but guess what?! My oldest daughter has a violin recital on that day. I live 10 hrs from the ride. I CAN'T miss her recital-she is doing a solo and it's her 1st, so I have to be the good dad. Oh well, I am doing the Mountains of Misery. It's closer to me and it appears that it is way more painful. Who could ask for more? =)
Do what my old man didpurplepaul
Apr 5, 2003 4:29 PM
and "accidentally" back over the violin.
Apr 5, 2003 5:55 PM
She's actually very good at it. There are some things that are more important than a bike ride.....
re: Bummer, man!Chainstay
Apr 5, 2003 5:57 PM
Record the concert. As your musical kids get older maybe they will start to realize how tiresome your role as audience is.
Not tiresome.look271
Apr 5, 2003 7:39 PM
I love my kids. Nothing could make me happier than hearing her play and the smile on her face after she is done.
re: Bummer, man!carbs
Apr 5, 2003 6:05 PM
Be a good Dad. There is always other rides, but never another first recital and solo.
re: Bummer, man!AFrizzledFry
Apr 5, 2003 7:39 PM
hear's what you say:
'if daddy doesn't ride in the race, he'll get fat, have a heart attack, and die. You don't want to kill daddy, do you, honey?"

ah- i'll be a great dad someday...
I'm a dad too and you would not enjoy the ride anyway...Djudd
Apr 5, 2003 8:07 PM
as much as I love bikes and riding my kids are the best thing that as happened to me. The look on your daughter's face will make up for the lost ride time.
sounds like your priorities are right! nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 5, 2003 9:07 PM
but if you're so happy, why do you complain!!! nmMrCrud
Apr 6, 2003 1:09 AM
It's just part of being an adult. (nm)Spoke Wrench
Apr 6, 2003 7:14 AM
Of course I'm disappointed.look271
Apr 6, 2003 9:41 AM
But like Mike P said, 3/3 will happen again next year. Her 1st solo won't.
3state/3mtn will happen again next year, 1st solo won't!Mike P
Apr 6, 2003 7:25 AM
Besides, it could be foggy again! I would guess you didn't even have to think about what to do. I missed much of my childrens "1sts" while I was in the military; I often regret not being able to be there.

About the Mountains of Misery. . . I saw the profile for that one about a month ago, looks like a monster, sent my registration in already. Are you going to be there the entire weekend? I am skipping all the other stuff this year because I won't be there until Saturday evening. I may try to stay the weekend next year, it looks like they have a good thing there; a gathering of sorts Friday, ride Saturday and again on Sunday.

I may be.look271
Apr 6, 2003 9:45 AM
I might bring the family and have the whole crew do a short ride on Sat-the 20 mile option. I think my kids could do that. They love to ride and as long as we take it easy, they'll be able to do it. Maybe we could hook up Sat night or before the ride? I definately am going to do it.
if that wasn't bad enoughSadlebred
Apr 7, 2003 8:29 PM
Many of my teammates live in Chattanooga. A friend of the team scheduled (er...his fiance scheduled) their wedding on the day of Three State, Three Mountain. Some are mad that they are going to only be able to do the metric option instead of the full century.

I'll be racing in Roswell that day anyway.
Good for you...........Len J
Apr 8, 2003 4:11 AM
as a non-custody father of 4 grown children whose ex moved 500 miles away , I am jealous as hell that you have the ability to be part of all of your children's "firsts". I was able to be part of only a few of them (relativly) and still lament the things I missed. As someone else said, there will be another 3 mountain next year, but not another first solo.

They grow too fast, enjoy all of their movements towards independence.

You have your priorities straight.

Apr 9, 2003 9:35 AM
The same day there is a metric century close to here billed as "the hardest 63 miles you'll ever do". I did it 2 yrs ago and it lived up to it's billing. I can go there and still be back in plenty of time for the recital. Or I could do the race in the afternoon, depending on the time of the concert......=)