Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Creeping-Cruds, Feb 12, 2013.
cos animals are fkn awesome.
TT- you shave your legs and arms, bro?
Covered in another thread but I do shave my legs, all cyclist do as well as triathletes, swimmers also (they shave everything if they are serious). For cycling shaving is part tradition, but it is mainly for two reasons 1. it makes massage easier with no hair (got a massage last night), 2 it makes keeping the wounds cleaner for when you crash...because it is not "if" you are going to crash it is "when" you are going to crash. If you have every played baseball and got a "strawberry" sliding into second, image what your skin looks like after you slide on pavement after going down doing 30 mph. Ouch. You know dw it is a shame (for you) that you don't give cycling a try...if you are to be believed you are a smaller guy (not insult intended here) and in cycling that is a good thing and a huge advantage. Climbing is what determines winning in cycling and smaller guys are almost always going to climb a mountain faster than everyone else. I am 6 ft and right now weight about 168 lbs., believe it or not I am to heavy right now to be competitive for racing. I will of course lose the thanksgiving/christmas weight very soon as my training has begun for the season and I will by the end of Feb./early march be down to my racing weight of 156 lbs. Just give it a thought.
I've considered it just for the exersize factor.
I've gotta do something. I've got that- fresh into 30's spare tire forming. Been too lazy for too long.
All makes sense @ shaving. My friend is a cyclist and almost lost his life after going over a guard-rail and falling down a cliff. Terrible stuff. Was about a year ago- now he's right back at it competing again.
Buying a decent bike sucks too. So damned expensive.
Yes it is expensive but so is pretty much any "hobby". I have 3 bikes, the cost for each was between 3K and 6k. I know how that sounds to someone that doesn't race...nutts right? But if you total what a golfer spends a year on clubs, carts, fee ect or a someone that likes to fish and purchases a boat it all seems about the same.
As far as the crashes go I have had a few, a couple where I just lost a little "skin", one where I got hit by a driver that wasn't paying attention and one actually during a race...the state championship a couple of years ago I was chasing the lead group, myself and 2 other guys were maybe 50 meters behind going downhill after climbing a hill, when we rounded a turn the two other guys with me touched wheels and took all 3 of us down. I wound up in the ditch getting a slight concussion, road rash on my shoulder, legs, arms, and 6 stitches in my eyebrow and chin. Helmet was cracked, bicycle frame was broken. I was riding and racing again in two weeks. It sort of gets to be a lifestyle and if you miss a few days of riding its starts to mess with your head. I am in great shape however and I can pretty much eat as much as I want during the "racing season". Right now I am about 12 lbs heavy, I have started my training for this year and I have my first race in mid feb...I will be at racing weight by the beginning of March without any problem. It really is a math issue as far as weight loss goes....when training I burn about 750 calories per hour, I train, this time of the year, about 8-10 hours per week, that equates to about 2 lbs per week of weight loss all while keeping my diet the same. We cyclists like food a lot. LOL
If you ride to work, or to places, you probably even up close or breaking even versus petrol usage after a couple of years.
thats not THAT bad
I used to play paintball on a semi-professional level, lets not get into how much that cost.
True, I do it some but truthfully it takes a lot of pre planning as far as clothes and shower go that I don't do it as much as I would like.
Ok, I have to ask what is semi-pro paintball? Are there tournaments or something?
yea, I was in a handful of tournaments and all of that, but was 16 and with no income.
Even now I wouldn't go back because of how expensive it is.
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