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Offline Rockhopper

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Lessons from Squiggy
« on: March 16, 2009, 02:40:42 PM »
12 things I learned during my first ever bike race
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12. The Croom 50 is a "Challenge." Squiggy is a "Race." I didn't think there would be a difference. Turns out I was wrong. Different vibe. Different conditions. Different start.

11. Speaking of starts: Right before the running begins, don't forget to remember where you put your bike. 

10. In case it needs to be said: running sucks.

9. People who race with music playing in their headphones are easily startled. They gyrate like drunken belly dancers when you sneak up behind them. It's amusing.

8. Do not try to keep up with the race leader after he/she laps you. If you were as fast as the leader, he/she wouldn't have lapped you. My lungs learned that the hard way.

7. Cut your toe nails before the race.

6. When every other root begins to look like a rattlesnake, drink more water.

5. Don't run out of water at the far end of the course.


4. The inventor of Advil deserves a Nobel Prize.

3. Ask what the tires at the timerís table are for before running into them.

2. Race day volunteers deserve a medal.

1. Mountain Dew is not a sports drink.

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2009, 02:46:59 PM »
12 things I learned during my first ever bike race
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12. The Croom 50 is a "Challenge." Squiggy is a "Race." I didn't think there would be a difference. Turns out I was wrong. Different vibe. Different conditions. Different start.

11. Speaking of starts: Right before the running begins, don't forget to remember where you put your bike. 

10. In case it needs to be said: running sucks.

9. People who race with music playing in their headphones are easily startled. They gyrate like drunken belly dancers when you sneak up behind them. It's amusing.

8. Do not try to keep up with the race leader after he/she laps you. If you were as fast as the leader, he/she wouldn't have lapped you. My lungs learned that the hard way.

7. Cut your toe nails before the race.

6. When every other root begins to look like a rattlesnake, drink more water.

5. Don't run out of water at the far end of the course.


4. The inventor of Advil deserves a Nobel Prize.

3. Ask what the tires at the timerís table are for before running into them.

2. Race day volunteers deserve a medal.

1. Mountain Dew is not a sports drink.

What am I missing?

 
This is truly funny stuff!!! ;D

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2009, 03:14:51 PM »
1. Mountain Dew is not a sports drink.

It's not??? ???    :D
 
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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2009, 03:38:34 PM »
The only thing worse than Mt. Dew is Vault.  :o

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2009, 04:15:19 PM »
LOL. finally a good laugh! :D i can identify with the toenail issue.

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2009, 04:29:03 PM »
If the people with earphones can't hear you, just give them the 'shocker' as you go by. That will get their attention.

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009, 05:07:57 PM »
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8. Do not try to keep up with the race leader after he/she laps you. If you were as fast as the leader, he/she wouldn't have lapped you. My lungs learned that the hard way.


lol, thats a lesson that doesn't take long usually, within the first hundred yards or so of trying to pace with the pros will do it. THEN, because you just gassed yourself trying to keep pace with the pro, your pace for the next 3 miles suffers because you can't build enough reserve up to push lower gears..


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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009, 06:09:09 PM »
I learned that pros can ride faster than me....with no hands.
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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 07:54:11 PM »
Did the Frankenbike complete a race? With all it's parts still attached?
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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 10:29:35 PM »
Did the Frankenbike complete a race? With all it's parts still attached?

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2009, 11:10:08 PM »
Frankenbike completed the race, and the pilot of the frankenbike should have been the race starter (then his teammate would have only had to do 2 laps). Johnny seemed to run a good race and was able to lap faster that me (as were ALOT of other people). About 2 miles into the my 3rd lap, I knew what he meant by "you're a better man than I." as I was headed out the gate.

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009, 11:28:13 PM »
Frankenbike completed the race, and the pilot of the frankenbike should have been the race starter (then his teammate would have only had to do 2 laps). Johnny seemed to run a good race and was able to lap faster that me (as were ALOT of other people). About 2 miles into the my 3rd lap, I knew what he meant by "you're a better man than I." as I was headed out the gate.

Good job JohnnyB!!!

 
yeah, my favorite part was when he got back from his lap and you weren't at the transition area.....That was pretty funny!

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2009, 12:22:09 AM »
He lost his radio somewhere on course so I had no idea that he was coming and I was resting, I should have been paying more attention to the time. My bad.

For the record, I didn't think that was funny, I realized very quickly that I had let the team down and needed to up the pace for the next lap (I burned myself out before the halfway point). When I got back to the transition are, I couldn't even stand up to carry the bike over the tires, much less walk back to the car!!!

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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2009, 12:30:44 AM »
radios are for pansies, we used the bat signal.

unfortunately, the only person to show up at the transition area was batman, and he's a crappy mountain biker.  :D :P
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Re: Lessons from Squiggy
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2009, 01:51:27 PM »
radios are for pansies, we used the bat signal.

unfortunately, the only person to show up at the transition area was batman, and he's a crappy mountain biker.  :D :P

 
But.....he has a fast car and a cape.

 

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