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I'm quitting racing and experience what else is offered(20 posts)

I'm quitting racing and experience what else is offeredishmael
May 19, 2003 4:11 PM
I'm selling everything and taking up other activities. I've decided my simple cycling pleasure of childhood has now turned into a competative sport that is way too time consumming, expensive, self-absorbed, dangerous, elitest, antisocial, and masocistic. You'll find it all on ebay. I'm taking the money and going to Paris. Then, I'll be spending my now huge amount of free time interacting with other humans, playing chess, jogging at night (non-competatively), watching movies, etc... I'm sure there are lots of cyclists out there who dont let it consume their lives but I see it in ALL the people I ride with. I'll miss aspects of it but there's other ways I'll find my pleasure.
now for my plug- anyone interested in a small starship tubing Abici w/ recond and kyseriums in great condition, shoes, extra (still in box) speedplay x2???
Usually that's code for "I can't hang anymore."MR_GRUMPY
May 19, 2003 4:29 PM
Sorry, sometimes I can't help myself....... If you hate cycling that much, maybe it's the best way. For myself, I can see into the far far future, when I may want to quit racing. I can't see ever giving up riding. The day I do that, will be the day I take my final dirt nap.
How about some time out??deHonc
May 19, 2003 4:47 PM
I'd have to agree with the dwarf - Why not just step back a little and smell the roses? You'll just end up selling your stuff then have to buy it all again when you freak out because you can't ride anymore. What happened? Have an accident?? Got shelled in your last race?? Got laughed at for wearing US Postal gear??

Come on - take a deep breath....
The saga continuesKerry
May 19, 2003 5:07 PM
Some people like to ride bikes. They stay with the sport. Others just do it for the competition, and can't stand it when they are "not competitive enough." They quit.
Wow! Feast or famine, huh?the bull
May 19, 2003 5:07 PM
I often think of not racing when I have kids!Even now while I race on a track and things are skeetchy I think of my unborn child and how I am being selfish.There are things we have to do and choices we have to make as we get older. I think if something makes you that happy you should do it!

I might quit racing when I have kids.I could never see myself not riding a bike and being happy.If I dont ride I get very grumpy.I need to exercise.I need to renew myself.
When I get old I see my self riding at a slow pace.It is good to just get out, ride, relax and enjoy yourself.

My loving wife is very supportive she told me to never stop riding my bike. She likes to see me race.She supports me 100%.I am very lucky!

Do you like to ride?

Why not keep your bike and just go out for a non-competitve ride once and a while!

Learn to re-enjoy cycling all over agian!

I think cycling is the best thing you can do for your self aside from swimming!;)

Also France. Why France? Italy is nicer(Tuscany)!

Good luck in whatever you do!
I've changed my mindishmael
May 19, 2003 7:31 PM
it's not cycling that's to blame, it's work. Work is the real time suck. Two or so hours everyday riding around is peanuts compared to eight. I cant imagine working full-time.

And I'll probably keep my bike, but just spend less time twiddling my thumbs on this machine and in front of the other. My priorities get misaligned, it's always in retrospect that I see what's imporant. Laying in bed with the woman instead of those Saturday morning rides is impecably well spent time.
Yes, some believe competition is misdirected sexual energy. nmdzrider
May 20, 2003 4:27 AM
nothing wrong with changing your mind....Becky
May 20, 2003 4:33 AM
....seeing as I was where you are shortly after I started working full-time (or more). It took me a year of working full-time to realize that, when I have less time to ride, I need riding more than ever. It's not about how long I ride or how fast or how many hills I climb- it's about forgetting all of the things that happened in the previous 10 hours.
Work is definitely a time-suck and balancing work with home is an effort sometimes. It's when I make time for me (i.e., riding) that I am most successful and productive at work and home.
Best of luck to you and happy riding!

re: I'm quitting racing and experience what else is offeredkoala
May 19, 2003 5:52 PM
First I became a cyclist. Then I competed(long ago). Then I stopped and remembered how much I love to ride. I dont give a rats backside that I cant do sub 5 hour centuries anymore because I only have time to ride 2500 miles per year. I love every ride more than the one before. Take your bike to France and when you get back if you still want to sell it then Kerry is right. I bet you will remember that more than anything your a cyclist, not just a racer.
Let's see, 1 day employment at an LBS and now........davet
May 19, 2003 5:56 PM
....he's 'non-competitive'. AND he's going to move to Paris! I'll agree with the "self-absorbed part. What a putz!
I just went for a very slow ride...rwbadley
May 19, 2003 6:04 PM
It had been a little while since I had been on the fixie. It refreshed my memory at the joy of slowly spinning feet in circles.

I hear Paris is a place one should visit before departing life.

If you make it there, please post a 'ride report' for us. Good luck...

quit racing and just ride for the fun of ittarwheel
May 20, 2003 5:25 AM
I've never been athletically gifted in any sport, so I exercise for reasons other than competition. Mainly I ride because I enjoy it. It also helps me keep healthy and control my weight. Why don't you just try cycling for some other reasons? Go on a cycle tour where you're mainly trying to enjoy the scenery and see some new places. The most fun I've ever had on a vacation is on a weeklong cycle tour and backpacking or camping out west. Buy a digicam and take some pictures while you're out riding. There is a lot more to cycling than just racing. Only one person can win a race, but everyone can enjoy a ride where you have other goals in mind.
quit racing and just ride for the fun of itRay Sachs
May 20, 2003 6:31 AM
"Go on a cycle tour where you're mainly trying to enjoy the scenery and see some new places."

And make a serious point of NOT jumping into any pacelines or trying to ride with a particular group on that tour. As a generally non-competitive cyclist (who rides alone a good portion of the time), I find a week long tour brings out my competitive urges and I tend to go too hard the first few days riding with the hammerheads and I pay dearly by mid-week. Then I usually recover, remember what I'm there for, and really enjoy the last couple of days of the tour.

I've gotten better about this the last couple of tours I've done, but I still have to fight the urge. I have to remind myself I'm not in a hurry.

Good. You are not a cyclistcyclequip
May 20, 2003 5:49 AM
YOU turned a noble sport into all the bad things you mention. No-one else. Address your issues. Then come back and you might become a cyclist.
I've done that about 100 timesDougSloan
May 20, 2003 6:21 AM
I can't even recall all the times I "quit" after a bad day. You'll be back.

No need to put others down who enjoy it, though.

May 20, 2003 7:05 AM
I've been soaked, lost, lapped, dropped hard on the hills, crashed, double flatted, starved, snowed upon, frozen, baked, cramped up, run down, thown up, and just plain worn out, but I have never had a bad day on a bicycle.
"unexpected lack of performance," then ;-) nmDougSloan
May 20, 2003 7:13 AM
Couldn't have said it any better than that 53T oh yea(nm)abicirider
May 20, 2003 9:40 AM
What size shoes and how much for the X2s? (nm)niteschaos
May 20, 2003 7:12 AM
you can have the new pedals for 130 nmishmael
May 20, 2003 11:01 AM