open topic, for anything cycling related.
Here is your assignment if you choose to accept.
What are the things weekend warriors *can* do?
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Ride 10% further than you would normally, with two extra sprints.
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
I did like the schtick of the guy starting the Around The Bay last weekend. (Tim???)
Starting at the back of the 210km section as we did, he said that compared to the 250km athletes who left earlier we were obviously slow, but "at least capable of holding a conversation".
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Purchase bicycle/parts by choosing form (the look of it) over the function (performance)
Not care about optimal pacing for the duration of the ride
n=8 (2011 road, 2004 road, 2010 track, 2009 foldup, 1990 hybrid, 1992 indoor trainer, 2007 road now a rental, 1970's step through)
The mass participation MTB races like the highland fling, or the three ring circus (plenty of others about too).
After the first 20 minutes the draft stops mattering, but you remain largely surrounded by riders of your pace.
Think that if only they'd discovered cycling earlier they could have gone pro.
...and just to get the snobbery back under control, if you're not being paid to ride your bike, you're a weekend warrior. You can dress it up anyway you like, feel superior to the guy who rides in trainers and regular shorts but realistically, you're closer to him than to being a pro cyclist. Regardless of what your Strava, PowerTap, Garmin and Polar devices tell you.
Another thing a weekend warrior can do:
Choose when not to ride.
My bike blog. Long on rumination, rambling and opinion. Why let facts ruin everything?
I have been paid a couple of times as well, I have also been paid to do fun runs. Super pro.
Yeah but after I have been payed to ride my bike I have to wash another 20 or 30 bikes as well at the end of the day... see pro life ain't all that great .
I just had to be in the Army to get paid to ride, stuff washing other peoples bikes.
I have no idea whether I am a weekend warrior, a hubbard, a Fred or some other ingroup or outgroup. I'm just some bloke who likes riding bikes.
I've ridden to the Coongie lakes to to see the sunset, ridden through the bamboo forests of Nara, ridden 450 km in a day, ridden across the Atlas Mountains on donkey tracks, been kissed by a girl riding next to me, watched Jupiter set as I pedalled over Cotton's Pinch in the wee small hours, ridden three days in wet clothes in an Atlantic gale, had a cup of tea with Sir Hubert Opperman, towed a fifty strong peloton through the fields of Normandy, cracked the sheet ice on my tent to fit it on my pannier rack up in the Pilot Wilderness, ridden in 40 degree headwinds and ridden on days when the air was like champagne. Most importantly, I've had a helluva good time.
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