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hmmm, competitive and eager.. why the hell would your bf have any problems with you racing???? lets see... then you wouldnt be supporting him and giving him a massage after every lap... that would be one of the reasons...

in any case, whatever the reason is, it is pretty egoistic on his part not to support you...

you should start on Tuesday - mini race series - it is great and all riders are pretty cool and understanding... come out!!!!!! both of you... maybe you have to prove to him that you are actually ready...

where do you live / ride...

i think it is time to do a group ride... mtbr group ride... for that matter, lets see the show of hands for those interested...

possible date could be July 16th, Albion Hills, Durham or Waterdown (still undiscovered jewel)

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hmmm, competitive and eager.. why the hell would your bf have any problems with you racing???? lets see... then you wouldnt be supporting him and giving him a massage after every lap... that would be one of the reasons...

in any case, whatever the reason is, it is pretty egoistic on his part not to support you...

you should start on Tuesday - mini race series - it is great and all riders are pretty cool and understanding... come out!!!!!! both of you... maybe you have to prove to him that you are actually ready...

where do you live / ride...

i think it is time to do a group ride... mtbr group ride... for that matter, lets see the show of hands for those interested...

possible date could be July 16th, Albion Hills, Durham or Waterdown (still undiscovered jewel)

Oggie
I don't know, man. I've given up hope.

Waterdown? Better bring you FR bike. And a compass. :p :D
 

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Only riding place I get to goto lately is the Don. Kamikaze chipmunks keeps you on your toes er brakes.
 

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I havent ridden legitimately in 2 weeks. Im burned out I think. I dont even have a desire to ride. scary stuff. Hopefully this passes. I have too much invested in this sport to give it up.
 

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I havent ridden legitimately in 2 weeks. Im burned out I think. I dont even have a desire to ride. scary stuff. Hopefully this passes. I have too much invested in this sport to give it up.
From March to May I was just the opposite. Five, six, seven days in a row of high-intensity riding, I just couldn't get enough. Next day I would feel great and go out again. Don't know why, maybe cabin fever, maybe a mid-life crisis, or just one of those things that happen from time-to-time…who knows? :rolleyes:

I think the trick is to listen to your body. If it says no, it means it. You are probably just going through a funk right now, I am sure it will pass and you will be tearing-up the trails again soon.
 

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I havent ridden legitimately in 2 weeks. Im burned out I think. I dont even have a desire to ride. scary stuff. Hopefully this passes. I have too much invested in this sport to give it up.
making up your new screen names will be tough...
howz about "heavydutycouchpotato" or "onceuponatimeracer"

put on some baggies, a t-shirt, unplug the cyclofreakputer and ride...no goals, no targets, no training, no thinking. stop and smell things once in a while too. not your saddle, thats wierd.

geoarchaeologist...gotta shorten that someday. rocky maybe. i dont think the bf's being a prick or unsupportive, he may have just forgotten how eager he was when he started riding...at the end of it all he is likely just being too realistic for your current dreamer state. yin/yang ballon/anchor kinda.

oso - lets not break them up yet, we better make sure we can take'm first.
 

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Definitely not ready

Yeah, I don't think he is at all...even when I get frustrated. I'm just plain not ready and he knows it; he's just keeping me from getting really hurt. I just have to learn patience. :p
Yesterday was a pretty good wake up to that, too. We ended up riding in torrential rain and thunderstorms and it was all fine until my shades began fogging/mucking up and I started railing off of big slick roots and flying off of my bike. I think I had a good endo. I just don't quite remember what happened...I only remember lying on my back in the muck staring up into the tree and thinking how terrible my shins were hurting suddenly. haha oh well. After a few times of that, I sort of lost my confidence. I hurt, I could barely see and I was terrified of those big, slick roots. I dismounted and walked over a few.

It didn't feel like a very good session yesterday. I was told that I wasn't going at a good enough speed, I was lollying around...but then the conditions weren't that great.
I don't know. I just have to keep practicing.

I think, you know, I could "manage" a race, but I don't think I'd fair well in it and maybe I'd just lose confidence. For now, more saddle time as everyone agrees! I'll get there eventually.

But hell ya, I'm in the Mississauga area and I'm totally up for riding. Except, problem is, I haven't got a car. So the bike and I would need a lift ::mad:
Car is next year's priority. I just started my new job this year.
 

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making up your new screen names will be tough...
howz about "heavydutycouchpotato" or "onceuponatimeracer"

put on some baggies, a t-shirt, unplug the cyclofreakputer and ride...no goals, no targets, no training, no thinking. stop and smell things once in a while too. not your saddle, thats wierd.

geoarchaeologist...gotta shorten that someday. rocky maybe. i dont think the bf's being a prick or unsupportive, he may have just forgotten how eager he was when he started riding...at the end of it all he is likely just being too realistic for your current dreamer state. yin/yang ballon/anchor kinda.

oso - lets not break them up yet, we better make sure we can take'm first.
when you come up with a more detailed plan, let me know... i'll be a soldier...
 

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My advice is (other than NOT going out in a thunderstorm) is to take it easy and enjoy it. Thats why we are all here. If you only want to take a spin around the block, hey, why not.
When you really want to get into it, it will happen.
 

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But hell ya, I'm in the Mississauga area and I'm totally up for riding. Except, problem is, I haven't got a car. So the bike and I would need a lift ::mad:
Car is next year's priority. I just started my new job this year.
Not close, but not far, either. When your shins are healed up and you're ready for more punishment let me know. I can take you and the bike up to Albion for a day. I've got a big car, so one bike in the trunk and one in the back seat will work. :thumbsup: My primary riding MO is to have fun, not be competitive, so if you like to ride and stop and smell the flowers every once in a while let me know. Uhhh, i'm not gonna have a jealous bf stalking me after this, right? RIGHT?!?!??!?!

Aaron - don't sweat it. Every once in a while your body AND your mind need a break from things. In the real world, where life doesn't give a squat about you and neither does your employer, you go on vacation for a week or two to "clear out the cobwebs". It's normal, healthy and should NOT be interpreted as anything negative.

Remember - if you love it that much you'll be back (with a vengance, even).
 

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Aaron - don't sweat it. Every once in a while your body AND your mind need a break from things. In the real world, where life doesn't give a squat about you and neither does your employer, you go on vacation for a week or two to "clear out the cobwebs". It's normal, healthy and should NOT be interpreted as anything negative.

Remember - if you love it that much you'll be back (with a vengance, even).
mmm, ya. We all need breaks once in a while. Myself, i have not gone hard since the solstice. That was a pretty big dose of MTB. This week i have gone on several recreational rides with family members, rolled around the skate park for the first time, as well as done other things such as; go-carting, movies, mini-put, and even some tennis. Try to keep youself moving in one way or another. If the bike sits alone for a while, life will go on. I am pretty sure you will find it again.
 

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Not close, but not far, either. When your shins are healed up and you're ready for more punishment let me know. I can take you and the bike up to Albion for a day. I've got a big car, so one bike in the trunk and one in the back seat will work. :thumbsup: My primary riding MO is to have fun, not be competitive, so if you like to ride and stop and smell the flowers every once in a while let me know. Uhhh, i'm not gonna have a jealous bf stalking me after this, right? RIGHT?!?!??!?!

Aaron - don't sweat it. Every once in a while your body AND your mind need a break from things. In the real world, where life doesn't give a squat about you and neither does your employer, you go on vacation for a week or two to "clear out the cobwebs". It's normal, healthy and should NOT be interpreted as anything negative.

Remember - if you love it that much you'll be back (with a vengance, even).
Right you are, Andrew. I am now on three weeks vacation, and finally have time to get some good rides in. Any one here ride on weekdays? :D
 

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I havent ridden legitimately in 2 weeks. Im burned out I think. I dont even have a desire to ride. scary stuff. Hopefully this passes. I have too much invested in this sport to give it up.[/QUOTE

Hey Aaron,

Read you post and thought I would put my two cents in. Not sure as to your regular ride sched and where you ride in that realm...but you need a break as others have suggested. Is it possible you have overtrained and not taken recovery rides as should be prescribed. Again, I don't know your plan and what routine you follow, but you body is obviously telling you to take it easy. Two weeks, well I can't relate to that... I would be pulling my hair out but everyone is different obviously. At the end of the day, your passion for it will kick back in following your body's protocol for a break. Enjoy it, and the long weekend.

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When its nice out and Im not working I try to go for a boot through the Don. Can hear me coming though as my bike has picked up an annoying creak I cant seem to get rid of. :mad:
 

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AndrewTO said:
Not close, but not far, either. When your shins are healed up and you're ready for more punishment let me know. I can take you and the bike up to Albion for a day. I've got a big car, so one bike in the trunk and one in the back seat will work. :thumbsup: My primary riding MO is to have fun, not be competitive, so if you like to ride and stop and smell the flowers every once in a while let me know. Uhhh, i'm not gonna have a jealous bf stalking me after this, right? RIGHT?!?!??!?!

Aaron - don't sweat it. Every once in a while your body AND your mind need a break from things. In the real world, where life doesn't give a squat about you and neither does your employer, you go on vacation for a week or two to "clear out the cobwebs". It's normal, healthy and should NOT be interpreted as anything negative.

Remember - if you love it that much you'll be back (with a vengance, even).
Hey! I'm okay, It's just a bruise on the top part of my shin and it hasn't shown itself yet, haha. And I'd love to go sometime, thank you so much for offering the lift, too. I'll flip you $$ for gas, the least I could do. So if anyone else wants to join us at Albion!! Group riding would be so fun. haha, I'm not good enough to be competitive yet, so that side of me isn't there yet. I'm just eager and persistant. And naturally I wouldn't have gotten hooked on learning to ride if I didn't absolutely have a ton of fun every time I went. I like to stop and smell the flowers only if I've been thrown into them off my bike - then I, you know, have an excuse for why I'm lying in the dirt.
 

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I'm just eager and persistant. And naturally I wouldn't have gotten hooked on learning to ride if I didn't absolutely have a ton of fun every time I went. Now I play hockey. But I can't help it if I'm fantastic gf material, honestly. :D
Dang, i need to find a girl like you. :smilewinkgrin:
 

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Dang, i need to find a girl like you. :smilewinkgrin:
Ya KNOW?!?!?!?!??!?!

Hey, Geoarky .... Geoarchie ..... Yo', Rocky (Peter was right!) - you got a sister? :p :D

(See Ryan - a little life perspective for you, being a young'n and all ..... the good one's are always TAKEN! :madman: )

Okay, seriously now Geo - your missing your own strength at being a competitive racer - the whole "eager and persistant" thing is what you NEED to drive you mentally. If you don't have those then you're racing against your realization that you shouldn't be racing ..... know what I mean? You say "just" - I say "just right". As far as the mental perspective of racing is concerned those are priority number's 1 and 2. As for saddle time - take whatever you can get, doesn't have to be dirt but it's preferred. The weekly Albion Series on Tuesday night's is sooooooooo perfect for you to get into it's just not funny. :nono: (<~ see, that means stop laughing!)

SO, that being said - what'cha doin' Tuesday night? :confused:

Who know's - maybe you'll be starting your own team next year. (i'd love to see an MTBR Team for next year's 24H)

Last blab - being competitive means showing up and riding. That's it. Even if you finish last you've "competed and completed" and that's the attitude a beginner should have. You're 2/3 the way there. Time to ante up! :thumbsup: (damn, I even impressed myself with this one! that should be a sig)
 

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Hmmm Tuesday race already eh? I should probably do some more trail riding first, before I do one of those. I keep thinking it over: I want to feel more in control first. I'll just get frustrated if I try a race at this point. Plus I just pictured myself at one. I'll want to tear it up and everyone there. At this point, I don't have enough control or the skills to do it so...yep, I'll just get frustrated. Possibly angry. I'm still having a few problems that I want to work on....the pedal problem. I posted it in the women's lounge.

My friend once described to me why I get frustrated when I'm learning something. He said, "This is what you're really thinking: I'm better than all of you and I could beat all of you and the only reason I can't right now is because I'm new at this. And that's the only reason I can't beat you yet."

Anyways, so lets go riding!
 

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Woohoo! Andrew and I went riding at Albion last night! It was perfect weather and tons of fun. I think Andrew's bike and seat height were as tall as me!
I wish I could live at Albion haha.
 
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