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Are all your friends riders/racers? Yesterday it hit me that this has slowly happened to me over the past two years...I hardly ever see or talk to those that I used to hang out with prior to getting into training and racing. I guess I just spend so much time training, plus working, boyfriend, etc. that I never really noticed it. My "other" friends now think I'm an obsessed freak :( Has this happened to anyone else? I don't really know how what to tell them, other than, I love what I'm doing and how I'm spending my time. I feel bad that I don't have time for them though..
 

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porterjack said:
Are all your friends riders/racers? Yesterday it hit me that this has slowly happened to me over the past two years...I hardly ever see or talk to those that I used to hang out with prior to getting into training and racing. I guess I just spend so much time training, plus working, boyfriend, etc. that I never really noticed it. My "other" friends now think I'm an obsessed freak :( Has this happened to anyone else? I don't really know how what to tell them, other than, I love what I'm doing and how I'm spending my time. I feel bad that I don't have time for them though..
you are an obsessed freak ;) :D ;) :D .............as are the rest of us who hang around here. embrace your obsessed freakiness. be one with it. :D

hee hee. actually i noticed the same thing about myself as i got more and more into riding and racing. several of my non-riding friends have managed to weather the storm of my obsession but many did not. and to be honest, with all the training i've done this year i don't even see many of my cycling friends unless they happen to be on one of the rare group rides i do. thankgod for email or i'd probably never talk to any of them at all!

the truth is, or at least this is how i justified it to myself, your true non-cycling friends will wonder at your obsession but will adjust and remain your friends despite it, and the rest, well, they weren't such good friends after all.

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you are an obsessed freak ;) :D ;) :D .............as are the rest of us who hang around here. embrace your obsessed freakiness. be one with it. :D

hee hee. actually i noticed the same thing about myself as i got more and more into riding and racing. several of my non-riding friends have managed to weather the storm of my obsession but many did not. and to be honest, with all the training i've done this year i don't even see many of my cycling friends unless they happen to be on one of the rare group rides i do. thankgod for email or i'd probably never talk to any of them at all!

rt
Ha, thanks ;)
At least it's normal. True- I'm finding that more and more of my training is done on my own. Sort of depressing I guess..but it's the only way to stick to the workout that I need to do without going too hard (or too easy)!
 

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Exercise absolutely should take priority in one's life, and in order for this to happen, the workout needs to be interesting. So there's nothing wrong with our obsession. Dammit.

My best friend from high school came to visit last month with her family. As close as we are, we live totally different lives and our tastes are worlds apart (all of her vacations are Disney-themed, like my worst nightmares.) She's leading the suburban life down south, and I'm the single city gal.

Since I'm not working, she's offered to pay for my ticket to come visit her next month. I mentioned bringing my bike, and she's like, "Oh, my husband's got a bike here- it's from Target, nothing fancy, but you can ride it!" She's thinking that I might not want to ride a cheap bike, but that's not the problem. What worries me is 10 days without trail riding!!

I'll be in a whole other state, a guest of hers in her big house. Far be it from me not to be thankful for the invitation AND the ticket. And yet, even though her master bathroom is probably larger than my bedroom, despite the fact that there aren't trucks and motorcycles roaring past her windows, regardless of the lack of stress in general......

It'll be fun, I keep telling myself. Her kids are a riot. She'll crack me up with examples of life in the south. I'll get to attend a Watermelon Festival. And yet, all I can think about is, How can I incorporate biking into this trip?!

I don't think I can, and that scares me. Ten days. Well, she did say there's a bike shop in town, so I think if the DTs get to be unbearable, I could always rent a bike and cut my own singletrack at the local park.
 
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