5.09.2006

pep talk please

Dang, you guys, I'm starting to get tired of bike racing. This twice a week thing is wearing on me. Fear not, I will still go to Opus tonight and you'll still have a shiny new race report to read tomorrow, but I did catch myself looking at the weather radar and thinking "only blue? Crap, that's not a good enough excuse, why isn't it orange!"

Sigh.

16 Comments:

Blogger Pete said...

You can do it!

5/09/2006 9:42 PM  
Blogger the old bag said...

and from the other corner...

nothin' says you have to do every race to be a racer

don't have to do twice a week

less often may be a needed attitude adjustment

it's easy to get wrapped-up and burned out...been there

5/09/2006 11:22 PM  
Blogger Tim Jackson- Masi Guy said...

Nothing makes you want to race as much as NOT racing for a while...

But what the hell do I know?

5/09/2006 11:49 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

"Nothing makes you want to race as much as NOT racing for a while..."

Amen brutha:) Annie you could always change it up with some DIRT RACING:)

Peace

5/10/2006 8:14 AM  
Blogger annie said...

Thanks Pete!

Jeanne, I figured out after I wrote this post that too much bike racing is not the problem, too much Opus is. I still got excited thinking ahead to some upcoming weekend races, but thinking about Opus just made me want a nap. (Didn't help that my damn dog was up all night puking, so I got pretty much no sleep... nothing like sleep deprivation to make racing sound like a terrible idea!) Racing after work on the exact same course week after week is a little repetitive, and sometimes after spending all day at the office a beer sounds a lot better than a bike race. However, after this weekend's TT I have two weekends in a row without any races, and I am looking forward to that.

Tim, you are exactly right. Sometime in the winter I started actually DREAMING about bike races, and when I woke up I was really sad that it wasn't real and that I still had several months to wait.

On the other hand, it would certainly help if the season was spread out more. ALL the races are right now, so I feel like I have to do them all right now or I'll be sad later when there aren't any....

5/10/2006 8:20 AM  
Anonymous andy said...

mountain biking is for the birds. I say "screw mwcmr" and skip the tt this weekend if you're burned out.... 12 miles of riding alone as hard as you can go will not make you like bike racing any better, or at least it doesn't have that effect on me. it'll be better for you in the long run.

5/10/2006 8:20 AM  
Blogger annie said...

Squirrel, I have never even been ON a mountain bike. I think mtb racing is a thing of the rather distant future for me. You could come up here and teach me though....

5/10/2006 8:21 AM  
Blogger annie said...

Oh, and Andy, I've already decided "screw ROY" because it has too many races that I don't feel like doing, but I really do want to do the whole CMR series. It's only 5 races, it'd be lame not to. I'll do the TT this weekend. I won't be excited about it, but there's free beer afterward, and I am definitely excited about that.

5/10/2006 8:24 AM  
Blogger Smithers said...

I figured out after I wrote this post that too much bike racing is not the problem, too much Opus is. I still got excited thinking ahead to some upcoming weekend races, but thinking about Opus just made me want a nap...Racing after work on the exact same course week after week is a little repetitive, and sometimes after spending all day at the office a beer sounds a lot better than a bike race.

I told you guys. Opus is a buzz killer. It's better to go ride with friends.

5/10/2006 9:30 AM  
Anonymous andy said...

jeez, cap'n and ms. opus negativity.

If you could find another place that was roughly equivalent to Opus in cost to run a race and ease of running a race, I'm sure Loon St. would be all ears for next year's series....

however, I suspect that it's simply the issue of holding repetitive races at one place, not necessarily what place in particular it is...

5/10/2006 10:59 AM  
Anonymous Stan said...

Well, the whole point is to have fun. So if you don't want to do it, don't. I personally spent three years racing twice a week on the same course in Westbury New York, and I loved it. Got to know every inch of the four-mile course. But then again, I'm a creature of habit. If you don't like racing every week on the same course, Just Don't Do It.

5/10/2006 11:35 AM  
Blogger Caloi-Rider said...

It's got to be the fact that you're riding in the same scenery every week. That would kill any adventurous person's will to ride...
Mt biking's an awesome departure from the road, so that's my vote. Save up your cash and invest in a mt bike.
If nothing else, find a race in a distant town or something. There's got to be a different TT (think hillclimb) you can do this weekend not too far away.

5/10/2006 4:14 PM  
Blogger annie said...

however, I suspect that it's simply the issue of holding repetitive races at one place, not necessarily what place in particular it is...

Gee, what led you to suspect that? Perhaps the clue was contained in the sentence "Racing after work on the exact same course week after week is a little repetitive, and sometimes after spending all day at the office a beer sounds a lot better than a bike race...." You win the Powers Of Deduction Award for the day!

The actual award goes to anyone who can figure out where the idea that I was complaining about the venue came from, because I sure can't find it.

5/10/2006 5:03 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

Hell yeah I'll teach ya.... find a mate that you can bum a bike off of (all of mine are single speeds) and I'll come up and throw down with ya, what better excuse to go ride up there than this one:)

Peace

5/11/2006 6:13 AM  
Anonymous annie's brother said...

Squirrel, I have never even been ON a mountain bike.

Ahem, you had a silver Huffy MTB that became mine when you had to tuck in your knees to reach the pedals. You lie.

5/11/2006 2:25 PM  
Blogger annie said...

That was not a mountain bike, that was a Huffy. That thing would have crumpled up like the tinfoil it was the minute it hit dirt. Plus I was SEVEN when I got that bike. But you're right. I lied. I have been on a few different mountain bikes, but I have not ridden on trails, and riding a mountain bike on the road does not count (cough cough David cough cough). Is a mountain bike ridden on the road really a mountain bike? Is it the fat tires that count, or is it the soul? Or is it my complete and utter lack of skillz? I just don't know.

That is a nice new profile pic, Squirrel. It's a good thing your kid isn't born yet or you might scare away all her kindergarten classmates. When is the big event anyway? If you're going to teach me to mountain bike I would suggest you not plan it anywhere near the due date, for self-preservation reasons.

5/11/2006 3:17 PM  

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