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I'm with Sloan(14 posts)

I'm with Sloanscottfree
Nov 12, 2002 7:12 AM
At age 50, I decided to get in the best riding shape of my life. To prove something, I suppose. So this last season was the longest in mileage (significantly)and hardest in intensity of any in more than 30 years of serious riding. When Oct. 26 came, and with it the end of Daylight Savings Time, I called it a season, successful in my quest (let's make it a capital Q, Quest) but badly, badly burned out.

Haven't touched a bike since. Don't want to. Don't check this board much anymore. Don't want to. What started as a few days' break now seems to be extending indefinitely, and I'm just not going to force it. (And there's no way on God's green earth, in my current state, I'm going to spend another winter grinding on a trainer anyway. Shudder).

So I'm off the bike and off the board till the Gods of Cycling see fit to call me back to the sport.

The point? My story's not interesting in itself, but there is a caution in it I'll pass along: Be moderate in your goals, get enough rest, and don't let a Quest replace Joy.

See you guys down the road.
Extremism v. Moderationms
Nov 12, 2002 7:51 AM
"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." (Barry Goldwater's speech upon his acceptance of the 1964 Republican Presidential Nomination.)

My cycling goals have been moderate by the standards of some people on this board -- but I am not satisfied. Your post raises the question is it better to be extreme and satisfied, yet burned out, or is it better to be moderate in one's cycling and unsatisfied? I think that you know where I am heading.
You talk like the Jimi Hendrix of road biking.carnageasada
Nov 12, 2002 8:36 AM
Which I think is great. However, I do question your question. I think you biased it. So I'll bias it: Is it better to be succesful in accomplishing a goal (cat2?) and then becoming a burned-out-fattenend-up-pork-person who hates/sickened by the idea of riding or is it better to be moderate in your riding and goals ( cat 3 or century kind of guy) and enjoy being on a bike?
Century kind of guyms
Nov 12, 2002 11:26 AM
I have been (am) a century kind of guy -- not too fast but steady. And, I enjoy it. But, when I read about people doing double centuries, the 508, racing, etc., I wonder if I am missing something. Of course, I used to wonder what it was like to bonk until I did it. Now I never want to bonk again.
What you're missingMcAndrus
Nov 12, 2002 12:01 PM
On endurance riding - I have a friend who's won the 24 Hour Challenge held annually outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. He once set the record (since broken) at 456 miles. That's 19mph for 24 hours. According to him, what you're missing is pain, boredom, pain, boredom, and pain - followed by an enormous feeling of accomplishment. Oh, did I mention pain?

On racing, you're missing the exhiliration of taking a corner at 25mph with guys so close to you, you could lift your pinky finger off of the shifter and touch one of them. You're also missing the sense of well-being when you finish a race well-ridden. Then there're the days when you get spanked and go home with your tail between your legs --- but I tend to remember the good moments.
Nov 12, 2002 12:47 PM
If we didn't want the pain, we'd ride motorcycles.
Nov 12, 2002 12:52 PM
If we didn't want the pain, we'd only ride on the flats on 70 degree sunny days.
Cat 3 is moderate?!?RedPat
Nov 13, 2002 1:29 PM
Where do you live? Around here (Wash DC area) Cat 3 is pretty intense. Minimum 15 hrs/week training to be pack fodder! Yikes!
It's relative, I think.carnageasada
Nov 13, 2002 5:14 PM
But I hope I'm not sounding like cat 3 is nothing to get excited about. I would say though it's a difficult but reasonable goal for most bikers. To answer your question I'm in Asheville, NC, via Boulder. I'm a cattle 3 and ride and run about 15 hours a week.
Hell in CO cat 5 is intenseColnagoFE
Nov 14, 2002 9:51 AM
at least for me! ;)
So what happened?Winona Rider
Nov 12, 2002 8:46 AM
Did you hit your milage goal?

Did you lose wieght?

Do you feel stronger?

Do you think you achieved what you set out to?

If you did, it was worth it. Give it time, and you'll see if there is more to be done, or if you move to pastures new,

Either way, you'll have done yourself good, and achieved something.
Don't answer!!!Sintesi
Nov 12, 2002 10:53 AM
Winona's just trying to suck you back in. You must move on.

Enjoy your winter and see you next spring.
Sounds like you didn't stop to smell the roses often enoughStarliner
Nov 13, 2002 9:05 AM
Sometimes it seemed to me that Doug Sloan was into cycling for all the wrong reasons. Such as avoiding something, like a committment, or as a means to fill a void. By committing to something as extreme as the 508, there comes a high expectation for a payoff upon completing the goal. If the expected payoff is dependent upon something outside oneself, such as love and acceptance from a father who did not give it before, then chances are good for disappointment and a letdown. For there is no guarantee that you'll get what you're looking for from somewhere else.

Like you said at the end of your post, you've got to find personal joy along the way, no matter what your riding goal might be. Stop and smell the roses from time to time. Something simple like stopping somewhere in the middle of nowhere, taking a deep breath, and basking in the moment. A moment you've created by putting your butt on your bike seat and hitting the road. That's a time you want to say hello to yourself, and pat yourself on the back for what you've just done.
a month or two off will cure you (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 14, 2002 9:49 AM