Crash to Bail

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Mar 13, 2009
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oncehadhair said:
YOu must have been coasting. On a 17k cat 1 climb my heart came out of my throat and i balanced it on my stem for the last 5 ks of the climbing watching it beat at 250 bpm (and my max is only 180). I didn't bother stuffing it back down my throat till the top of the climb because the extra room in my thorax meant i could breathe better.

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A true diamond in the dirt.

Great post.
 
May 4, 2010
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fatandfast said:
he is talking about fitness and a gut check. People taking "a dive" so they will not have to finish a 75 mile road race after being dropped or ripping their tire off the rim and heading back to their girlfriend and saying" did you see me? I was right up in the front and then the glue gave up!!"..or the guys at TT that let the air out of their tires and start walking the bike. Just don't race if you are not prepared all the theatre w mock crashes and stupid excuses is makes people tired. Positive racing w lots of attacks and tight corners and steep climbs brings these guys out of the woodwork. Battenkill and Nevada City create these guys. If you find an advice site about how to look cool while losing don't post the link. Bailing in this post means giving up while racing. PS lots of pros will describe feeling like their legs feel like lead and the climb making it feel like somebody is ripping your spine out of your body. Hurting so bad that you are afraid to look down because your blood and guts are leaking out of your every hole.. that what it feels like when done right.I was in a race in Mexico where I was feeling like I was going to die, throw up and was dizzy all at the same time. I just kept looking at the guys *** in front of me. I thought for a micro second to give up..looked over my shoulder as to not gap whoever was behind me..what an F--king surprise I was in a break of 16 and we were 3 minutes up..going fast can be really sickening most times

Dear fat and fast,
Apparently my first reply to your post was deeply offensive and transgressed a forum rule. Please accept my sincerest apology. I shall make no references to cats of any class in my posts for two weeks.
yours,
oncehadhair
 
Jul 12, 2009
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"I thought for a micro second to give up..looked over my shoulder as to not gap whoever was behind me..what an F--king surprise I was in a break of 16 and we were 3 minutes up..going fast can be really sickening most times"

This reminds of a few times where I was dieing behind someone, and would be forced to slip back a few places for a micro breather. To my dismay, as I was slipping back, I noticed we were alone, and that I just lost contact with a break. I know, I know, rookie thing to do, but I was hurting so bad that I just didn't have it in me to look behind me.

Knowing I was in a break would have been all the inspiration I needed to stay on, easily. I think I've only done this 2 or 3 times in 30 years, and each time I promised myself to never do this again. It really is amazing how deep we can go at times.
 
Apr 29, 2010
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ChrisE said:
Yes if it is written in a form that we can understand.

OP's statement was pretty much one of the easiest things to understand, ever. Only total freaks would crash on purpose in order to avoid the shame of DNFing. I have exaggerated the negative effects of minor crashes in order to explain DNFing or being OTB though. This happens all the time IMO.