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Why must You go so Fast?(23 posts)

Why must You go so Fast?bimini
Sep 10, 2003 9:54 AM
My wife Judy believes I have gotten obsessive about my cycling and keeps asking me that question.

I don't have a good answer other than:
Just Because
Because I can
Because I want to, I want to, I need to

Can you help me out here or do I need professional help! (now be kind)
Sep 10, 2003 10:13 AM
Fast is fun
Fast is hard
Fast is a challenge
Fast makes you feel good when you drop someone who is less Fast
Fast gets you to the finish line/food/rest/shower faster
Fast makes the $5,000 bike feel worth it
Fast is good
being a roadiefunknuggets
Sep 10, 2003 10:45 AM
if you have a competitve bone, then it is likely that speed is your desire. Whether challenging yourself or challenging others, there is only two things you can do... speed or distance. Where all of us dont have the time or patience that Dale does to ride zillions of miles, we get the most bang out of our buck by going fast for shorter distances. Just like racing our buddies when we were kids to the end of the street and back. It is seeing how fast you can go on a decent, how fast you can get on a sprint, keeping up with a car, etc, etc.

Yah, I wouldn't feel right just tooling around on my $5K bike. It wants to go FASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSt.
True. Perfection = some of both (Fast rides and Far rides) nmTNSquared
Sep 10, 2003 10:56 AM
or .....Why must you go so Far?TNSquared
Sep 10, 2003 10:31 AM
That's my wife's question. 8 hours in the saddle? She tells me after every Saturday long ride that surely 30 miles is sufficient. Sufficient, yes perhaps, but enough? No Way!! lol

I do it because I love the look on co-workers faces when we're discussing weekend plans, and mine are to roll-out at 4 a.m. to ride 100+ miles, or drive 5 hours round trip specifically to find a mountain to climb. I do it because I look forward meeting with the other loonies who think suffering is a form of self-reward. Like you said, I do it because I can, because I want to, because I need to!

I maintain that if we still had to hunt our own food and build shelter from mud and sticks in order to survive, we wouldn't be out there chasing ourselves around on a bicycle. What appears to be recreation is, in some ways, a means to check our own vital signs and make sure we're still alive. Physical challenge, introspection, venting frustration - so many things can be solved in the course of a good ride. Sometimes a solo ride gives much needed time alone to sort out life's happenings, other times a ride with a good friend provides opportunity for advice and guidance from someone you trust -and hopefully they don't charge!

And,.. it's just awfully d@mn fun!!!!!! I'm sure that I am obsessive about cycling, but as long as I keep the real priorities first, i.e. my wife and kids, then I think cycling is probably a pretty good obsession to have - heck, I'd need professional help without it!
Yes. Far good. (nm)PseuZQ
Sep 10, 2003 10:32 AM
mmmmmm! mongo like far! nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 10, 2003 10:49 AM
go fast to go far . . .ms
Sep 10, 2003 11:23 AM
I think that I was born with only slow twitch muscles, no fast twitch. Thus, distance is the only game in which I can compete. But, there comes a point where lack of speed limits distance. So, now I want to go fast not to beat others on the sprints or in races but to go far -- I'll never get my double century unless I can get some speed. Whether your goal is speed or distance, the game is about pushing limits and going places (literally and figuratively) that you have not visited before.
Stuff looks different when your eyes are watering. nmMike P
Sep 10, 2003 11:00 AM
My wife would never ask such a question...PMC
Sep 10, 2003 11:05 AM
She just understands that's the way I'm wired (always have been for that matter).

Fast isn't limited to bikes. It includes cars, motorcycles, etc. I drooled just as much over the new GSXR1000 or R1 as I did the first time I saw a C40 or P3 in person.

You know you're addicted to speed when you ask the guy selling you a roof rack for your car if it's good past 100 with two road bikes in tow.
My wife would never ask such a question...Greg B
Sep 10, 2003 1:57 PM
I agree!! Having my knee down at 110mph on a track on my Ducati is a very similar thrill/obsession. Thank (insert favorite diety here) we can be obsessive. For many of us it comes with the opposable thumb!
getting a little deepsievers11
Sep 10, 2003 11:35 AM
It is mentaly healthy to have hobbies. Many times this is not nessicarily a sport but it can be. I would say it is even more important that it is a sport, simply becasue of the health benefits.

I think it goes beyond a hobby because it give us all a sense of identity which is very important these days. We all need to have our "thing". This supplies more than just personal awarness and fullilment but also a sense of comunity and social awarness.

For many of us it is a stress outlet and feeds a need for our competitive natures in a health environment.

I think there is a difference between "your obsession" and "being obssessed". Everyone should have an obsession outside of their main job/family/church. Biking is a good one. It is very health to use it as an excape from your everyday stress and anoyances.

But don't let it take over your life. Now where it becomes a problem is when you put it ahead of things that should be more, family/religion. I would say if you start puting cycling in front of your wife and family, then she is right.

All joking asside, you can't truly love a bike, because it can not love you back.
you obviously missed rwbadley's hillclimbing postJS Haiku Shop
Sep 10, 2003 11:46 AM
a bike can love you back, after all.

open with discretion.
She does claim I get off on my bicycle :-) nmbimini
Sep 10, 2003 11:55 AM
Oh my...sievers11
Sep 10, 2003 12:01 PM
2nd try...are you happy in you stagnate existance?sievers11
Sep 10, 2003 11:59 AM
"Are you a special person? do you consider yourself progressive? do you define youself with mediocraty? are you happy in you stagnate existance?"

"You go fast because that is the goal. Why do you ride a bike, to forever go 13 mph picking the flowers and watching the birds. Look out you slow..."

"'Oh, I don't need to go fast I am only interested in getting a work out' That is a load of dirt. How are you increasing you fitness by continually riding slow as that load of dirty you are spuing from your mouth? Why don't you just go home and sit on the couch and just skip desert. "

"I am going to have that desert and the extra helping of beans."

"I am going go fast becasue I am progressive and I am powerfull and I and not going to live a life stuck in a rut. (This next quote may refer to a syrup drinking contest, but) 'I am all that is man'. I will be fast and I will get stronger and I will strive to become better than I am now."

I think you should just tell this all to your wife, get enraged and then colaps crying...this will show passion and devotion all at the same time. (well that is how is sounds in my might sound increadiby insulting to your wife)
getting a little deepbimini
Sep 10, 2003 12:25 PM
I am working on keeping in from being obssessed. The races can get in the way at times, so haven't been going to every race lately and I believe that helps.

Thanks for the kind thoughts.
Get your wife obsessed, problem solved.sievers11
Sep 10, 2003 12:43 PM
because any coutch potato can go slowBIG RING
Sep 10, 2003 1:02 PM
re: Why must You go so Fast?KSC
Sep 10, 2003 1:18 PM
Easy, fast = fun. If she doesn't believe you, have her attach 100 lbs load to the back of her bike and watch her waddle around at 2 mph for a while. Detach the load and have her try again. See: fast = fun.
Because slow doesn't flush all of the crap out of my brain.TNRyder
Sep 10, 2003 3:08 PM
Have a bad day work? Kids making you nuts? Feeling stressed out?

Go out and ride your a$$ off for an hour or two. I guarentee that after fifteen minutes of hammering you are in a different place. It is just you and the bike. All that you are thinking about is pedaling this machine to keep it going as fast you can stand. How long can I maintain a pace over 20mph? (fill in higher spd for all of you animals out there) Turning cranks, shifting gears, converting stored energy into kinetic energy you become the engine of this incredible machine. Doesn't matter if its on the road or the dirt. Going fast makes it happen. Then I can return to the real world with a fresh perspective and my mind in a better place.

Slow doesn't do this. Slow has no healing powers. Why bother riding if your going to ride slow!
Simple - As you get fit - you go faster(nm)deHonc
Sep 10, 2003 3:16 PM
Because Allah has ordained it so!niteschaos
Sep 11, 2003 5:37 AM
If you remember this prayer, feel free to chant along with me:

Fast is good.
Fast is great.
Let us thank Him for a break.
By our legs
we are sped.
Let us thank Him
to finish ahead.