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    Spilling Yer Beans: Your Riding Goal(s) for 2012

    I usually start this thread a little later in the year but since it is the first day of December and I'm being hounded on no less than two other threads, there seems to be no time like the present.

    Tell us what you hope to accomplish with your riding in 2012. No goal is too small or too funny.

    In the spirit of full disclosure, I would *like* to podium in Solo 40+ at Solstice in 2012. By any measure, this is a silly goal. Erick will probably be back; Dave will be undoubtedly be very strong and Ken says he'll be back too. Plus there's always the wild card factor. All I can do is my best and the cards will fall where they may.

    This would be well beyond my previous best when I was at my strongest in Under 40 and I've put on a lot of sympathy pounds but I have 7 months so bring it on!
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    I always read these forums and I am always amazed at the accomplishments in here. 2011 was my first year off the road (too dangerous!) and riding singletrack (even at 40+ my mantra is that it's never too late to start anything); I put over 1800kms on my bike on singletrack trails this year. I feel better than I ever have. I did both Chico 24h events and had a blast and learned a lot.

    2012 - somehow manage to sneak in more time and kms on my bike even with an intense job, stupid commute and exponentially growing family commitments. 24h Solstice - do over 5 laps and have one of my laps be under an hour (don't laugh).

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    In no particular order

    1) Step on an OCUP podium this year.

    2) Knock off a bunch of near by places that I've been meaning to check out, but never have (like Copeland, Ellicotville, etc)

    3) Link together and ride a Hamilton 100 miler.

    4) Put some time on top some wagon wheels (including a race), see what the cool-aid tastes like.

    5) Ride somewhere that requires me to fly to. Write a report.

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    Funny thing - I hadn't really thought about this. The longer races that I most enjoy will be out. A rebuilding year like smarty? Perhaps take sunshineprincess's example and focus on SS OCups? Battle of the new moms? I expect she'll triumph...

    OK - I have one - Paul's Dirty Enduro 60k. I think there's no conflict this year with Crank, in which I'll likely volunteer while Mr. Monster rides.

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    like the captain, - podium at O cup in 2012,

    The Plan ---get the O cup organizers to add the 70 and over category like in P2A and I have a good chance.

    Other goals might be a 100 miler on the road, maybe ride the Mount Washington climb again, and never go back to Northshore in Vancouver, because healing is much slower.

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    Well, I had my personal best season in 2011 in terms of fitness, race results, and riding new spots, so I hope that I can improve on it by achieving the following below:

    1) Start the season off ligther on the scale than in 2011. While I was my lightest ever in 2011, there's still that mid life five lbs or so that's hanging around like a bad cold. Love of food and vino in the cooler months needs to be better controled.

    2) Compete for a podium position on Tuesday nights again, and hopefully defend my 1st overall in category.

    3) Do more rides at Copeland, WCC Hydrocut, Hardwood, and anywhere else that's new. Changing it up keeps it exciting at new locations.

    4) Introduce my boys (three year old twins) to the racing scene at the Summer Solstice. They should be two wheeling with no training wheels by then and seem very interested in doing what Daddy and their big sister has done.

    5) Not have a 5-6 week setback in fitness mid season due to a virus or lack of proper rest. Not sure I have much control over this one, at least on the illness front.

    6) Finish on the podium in my category again in the OCUP series more frequently making the upgrade to Expert at some point in 2012 or 2013 a no brainer.

    Well, that's more than I would have thought I could come up with. Some of these are a little lofty, so I hope it's doable. Most of all, I will enjoy riding and seeing many of you here out on the trails and at events. Good times and good friends in the process is a huge part of making a season great!
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    1) Do one of the epic 6 hour rides of the trails at St. Helena. Sounds easy enough, problem is these trails make Buckwallow & Porcupine Ridge look easy.

    2) Do a winter ride or two at Hilton Falls. I haven't done that since I started playing hockey in the winter about 8 years ago so it'll be nice to see the guys again.

    3) Kick my riding partner's butt on the local trail loop. I've only managed this feat once in my entire life, but I think I have a good chance of pulling it off next year.

    4) Avoid any injuries that put me off my bike for more than a few days.

    1) will be nearly impossible, 2) is a matter of me getting my lazy ass out there, 3) should be within my grasp unless my riding partner sees this and starts training like a maniac, and 4) probably won't happen unless I'm lucky or ride like a wuss.

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    Good coincidence, I was actually writing down my 2012 life goals last night.

    I had an acceptable first Ocup year finishing 7th at Duntroon but not achieving my top 5 goal. To be honest I didn't know what to expect in my first year and to ad more pressure I upgraded to Expert after doing only one Ocup previous to that. I now know that the Master Expert is full of really fast, super commited riders but my goal for this year is to podium (doesn't need to be often, once will do).

    My main goal is always to have fun and meet more great people. Hope to see alot of you at the mid-winter fitness check, also known as the Frostbike.

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    The only goal that I have planned so far is a good race at Solstice, I would like to be on the same lap as the winner of the solo 40+ cat at the end of 24 hours.
    Other than that I'm thinking of going for a trip to ride the Colorado Trail ....... Race?
    And I want to get up and ride 3 Stage and that venue that the provincial Ocup was at this year (the preview video looked awesome). and maybe some stuff in upstate NY.
    I also have a new frame that I keep on putting off building up ( for 2 years now !) I'd like to get that onto dirt.
    Cheers, Dave

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    1) Drop an additional 35lbs bringing me into my 220s. I raced all year at 245-250ish, after the last 8H my relaxed week took a nosedive right smack into the middle of a 5lb wing tray and a bucket of beer.. it was warm and cozy there so I stayed for way to long.. So 35lbs it is.

    2) Actually follow a proper training/race plan leading into CTS rather then haphazardly wanting to Endurance All The Things.

    3) Race SS on bigger gears.

    4) Race competitively in 8s and 24s. Last year I started to really show improvement come August and September.

    5) Combine the above and my ultimate goal: Finish CTS with an extremely respectable time on a SS.

    6) Party a lot harder at the Misfits camp.

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    1. survive the BC Bike Race
    2. not crash as much
    3. enjoy biking even more then i do right now!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyh83 View Post
    1. survive the BC Bike Race
    2. not crash as much
    3. enjoy biking even more then i do right now!!
    don't forget Sedona
    and of course you'll enjoy it more, You've got a new bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyh83 View Post
    1. survive the BC Bike Race
    Aside from the obvious endurance aspect of BCBR, my number one tip for surviving is to get really comfortable riding woodwork. There are some looooong bridges over some deeeeep ravines in the latter part of the race where this comes in particularly handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 14Stone View Post
    12) Actually follow a proper training/race plan leading into CTS rather then haphazardly wanting to Endurance All The Things.
    Always worked for me...

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    Well since itís an Olympic year my goal is to make that team.

    But if I canít I just want to have a complete year. That is, avoid any serious or nagging injuries that would keep me off the bike, stay focused and keep my fitness up for the entire summer. I havenít been able to that but if I can everything else (like keeping CptSydor off the podium ) should fall into place.

    Iím looking forward to Tuesday night road races, South Carolina trip, getting the youth rides rolling again, seeing friends, local races, Batty v MHP, riding someplace new, gears, beers, night laps, 100 miler Mansfield, trail work and getting better at riding my bike.

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    One simple goal: ride more.

    This past year I kinda got lazy and didn't ride as much as I would have liked. I let too many little things get in the way of riding. I want to get back to pre-work rides and quick solo rides rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    I havenít been able to that but if I can everything else (like keeping CptSydor off the podium ) should fall into place.
    I'll be working on keeping JCR off the podium

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    As Shirk said.. ride more.

    - Put more time on my bike then I do on my car.

    - Build up a new CX bike finally

    - Reconnect with my Tri/Du roots.

    - Lose 3 inches of waist.

    - add more to BHRT's.

    Have others but those are secret... I will not give any ammo to my enemies.


    And of course have a significant event next fall.. but we won't discuss that.

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    I think my state of mind is reflected in my present environment while responding to the question: drinking coffee and eating butterscottch cream pie.

    Therefore:

    1) Eat more butterscotch cream pie!

    2) A top 1000 in the P2A would be nice. If it were about the bike - I have the bike.

    3) Lose some pounds - getting to 240 would be nice, 225, I could make out with celebrities.

    4) Ride HER (the Hamilton Endurance Ride). I think with CptSydor's logistics and my top flight buffoonery we could turn this into a Grand Fondo attended by thousands.

    5) Use all my bikes. Sometimes my stable has been bigger than my riding, this year I want to utilize them all....
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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    I'll be working on keeping JCR off the podium
    Oh, that kind of podium. My apologies sir and best of luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirk View Post
    One simple goal: ride more.
    ^ this.
    And, an international trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    I'll be working on keeping JCR off the podium
    Challenge accepted! It will be a great year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Funny thing - I hadn't really thought about this. The longer races that I most enjoy will be out. A rebuilding year like smarty? Perhaps take sunshineprincess's example and focus on SS OCups? Battle of the new moms? I expect she'll triumph...

    OK - I have one - Paul's Dirty Enduro 60k. I think there's no conflict this year with Crank, in which I'll likely volunteer while Mr. Monster rides.
    I believe there wasn't suppose to be a conflict with CTS but last I heard there was a conflict with the Ganaraska and Paul's had to go back to the original weekend. But I could be wrong.

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    To actually come up with a coherent training plan, stick to it, and see if it makes any difference to my usual half-@ssed approach.
    Strava made me do it....

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    my plans & goals...

    Plans:
    - to do proper training, not just ride my mt. bike starting in April....
    would be nice to come up with a winter training plan soon, not doing nothing
    since Oct. 16th will not help at all....
    - sign up and show up at all the O-Cup races rain or shine
    - work on my technical riding skills,became really one dimensional this season...
    have to mix it up a little bit; Buckwallow,3 Stage,Hilton Falls...
    - do a full marathon race,preferably the one in Kingston just to make sure I will ride that
    awesome trail system again
    - master Radical at Hardwood Hills,left a deep scar on my ego this year....

    Goals:
    - I'd like to finish in the top 10 at every O-Cup
    -shave off at least 5 mins of my Singletrack Challenge time...
    -to be 0.5 km/h faster than this season

    But first and most importantly, keep it fun and spend as much time on my bike as possible.

    Good luck to everyone to reach their goals!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post

    OK - I have one - Paul's Dirty Enduro 60k. I think there's no conflict this year with Crank, in which I'll likely volunteer while Mr. Monster rides.
    It will be on Sept 15th 2012.

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    I'm signed up for the TR4 ... four day version of the TransRockies Challenge. Just want to survive the thing ... and have a great time.

    Very psyched about this. Have ridden in the Rockies (Fernie, Golden, Invermere, Kananaskis) for a week each of the last three summers and am keen to now go do it as part of the TR experience. Anyone else doing TransRockies this year?

    Oh yeah .. and my other goal is I want to shave 15 minutes off my 2011 Paul's 60 km Dirty Enduro time which would put me at 3:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turnberry View Post
    Anyone else doing TransRockies this year?
    I did it in 2007 (I think Cpt Sydor did in 2008) and I only have three words regarding preparation: mileage, mileage, mileage.
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    My lofty goals for this year include placing in the top 10 at each O-Cup race, which given my placings this year will be a monumental achievement and to have a really strong Crank the Shield race. This will be my first attempt at CTS and I am really looking forward to it.

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    Now that I have settled into my new home i think its time i set some lofty goals of my own

    1) Get back on the saddle. Made too many excuses last year and didn't ride my new bike nearly enough.

    2) Lose 50-70 lbs

    3) Try an O-Cup

    4)Buy more bike tools....fancier ones

    5)Depending on successes with the previous goals get myself a CX bike and get out to some CX races

    6) Join in on the Hamilton Endurance Ride if I'm up to it


    Hope for just a good solid year of riding

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    Ride more. I haden't been on a bike in over 20 years untill the end of june. Now I'm hooked.
    I went to buckwallow 29 times, sir sams 1, horseshoe 1 and porcupine ridge 1.
    Really want to do more downhill riding.

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    my goal is to spin to the max

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    my goal is to spin to the max

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    Looks like I have my attire and riding style pegged for Summer Solstice 2012.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxzx121 View Post
    I went to buckwallow 29 times
    I'm not sure I rode ANYWHERE 29 times this year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    my goal is to spin to the max
    Push! Harder! Reach over the top! Master your ass!


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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I'm not sure I rode ANYWHERE 29 times this year!
    I live 15 min from buckwallow. My wife rides too. Went 3 times a week if I could.

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    Participate in as many races as possible.
    Stay healthy for the entire season.
    Top 5 an Epic 8 in 40+
    Very respectable finish in CTS (whatever that really means...I want to improve over the last one).
    Overall, really want to improve at this game.

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    Epic Challange.

    After seeing a friend on mine have stroke and witnessing how you can loose everything is matter of seconds i have decided to work less and play more.

    I'm shooting for 3000 singletrack miles.
    I want to do one "Epic" rated ride a month.
    I would also like to complete all the endurance challenges this year also

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    I'd like to sign up for sport class in the ocups and be competitive.
    Get a podium spot in my club's TT.
    Ride at least 2 new places.
    Spend more time practicing my technical skills.
    Improve my core strength (this will be the 3rd year I've wanted to do this)
    Get someone new into cycling.
    Get my own cross bike so I don't have to keep borrowing my buddy's.

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    So far, 2011 has been a fabulous year. I accomplished all goals I set and I exceded my expectations. I am riding faster, steeper, doing bigger drops and jumps which allows me to ride the advanced (black diamond) trails at the bike parks (not bad for a 40++ female doing dh for only 2 years).

    For 2012. I plan to ride more technically advanced dh, and explore, ride and build more trails. I am also exploring a fantastic opportunity to do volunteer work, at a medically supervised program, assisting and mentoring cancer survivors meet fitness goals.

    My personal experience having cancer and dealling with ongoing aggressive treatments (and maintaining a good fitness level during the entire ordeal) is a gift that I plan to share with others who could benefit physically and emotionally.

    2012 is going to awesome!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post

    Must have developed the script dialogue from visiting the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    yes, how true lol, but be careful, we aren't allowed to talked about that here...
    remember you must postulate your goals to show that you are a serious cyclist... if not hang your head shame and mutter ontario is not worthy
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    Generalities: Ride more, eat less, don'\t hurt myself.

    Specifics:

    Ride with Biggie - I'm sure I will feel more petite and lighter! Biggie, we were out for a 7:00 am Red Hill ride this morning, I shoulda called you!

    Give up on winter training - this was a goal for the last 2 years, didn't come close to happening - maybe if it's not a goal, I might do something!

    Ride more locally - lots of stuff available in the hood - a quick local ride sure beats not riding at all!

    Build some trails - help out @ Christie, plus a couple of projects on the go at the cottage and at the trailer and maybe something in the Hammer too..

    Racing goals - last year I wanted to do some O cups and didn't do any, next year the Kelso weekly races will probably be enuff, maybe with a 24 hour race in there too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Must have developed the script dialogue from visiting the forum.
    Yes, good luck with your group - I am sure you will have to fight the stereotypes presented in that video.

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    I approve, but I am concerned for the fate of your new 5spot. Blue might eat it alive!

    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    yes, how true lol, but be careful, we aren't allowed to talked about that here...
    remember you must postulate your goals to show that you are a serious cyclist... if not hang your head shame and mutter ontario is not worthy
    Right.

    One of my goals is to wear baggy shorts with more frequency and avoid short lap races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    One of my goals is to wear baggy shorts with more frequency and avoid short lap races.
    I wear baggies at all but the shortest of short lap races (not practical at all for CX...) and it suits me just fine!

    Cyclelicious, I think your new project is most excellent and if it's not too awkward or personal. I think it would make great reading if you started an on-going thread about the experience. Could serve as great inspiration to other readers dealing with their own challenges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I wear baggies at all but the shortest of short lap races (not practical at all for CX...) and it suits me just fine!
    This sounds like a qualified statement and really only deals with one of my goals, but i can appreciate baggie shorts wearing since it means i'll never have to look at your torn sausage suit and exposed junk. Due to your other goals I feel I must warn you. If you place highly somebody may accuse you of sandbagging and there may be resentment since you'll have on baggie shorts and be riding a singlespeed. This will seem like showboating, but I am not saying I do not approve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Due to your other goals I feel I must warn you. If you place highly somebody may accuse you of sandbagging and there may be resentment since you'll have on baggie shorts and be riding a singlespeed.
    Observation: Mr. Monster seems to be a pretty well-liked guy all around regardless of whether he places high or low.

    Conclusion: It's the person's attitude that counts, not the attire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Observation: Mr. Monster seems to be a pretty well-liked guy all around regardless of whether he places high or low.

    Conclusion: It's the person's attitude that counts, not the attire.
    This insight is so deep, my mind can't even process it.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Observation: Mr. Monster seems to be a pretty well-liked guy all around regardless of whether he places high or low.

    Conclusion: It's the person's attitude that counts, not the attire.
    You're right, nobody ever got discriminated against because of their attire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    You're right, nobody ever got discriminated against because of their attire.
    Of course they have, but going forward do you want to be part of the solution, or part of the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    One of my goals is to wear baggy shorts with more frequency and avoid short lap races.
    On a related note, I've managed to avoid wearing tighty tight tights in my many years of mountain biking to date. I did get some wtf looks though when I showed up for a race wearing cut-off jeans and duct-taped shoes along with streamers on my helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Of course they have, but going forward do you want to be part of the solution, or part of the problem?
    We're getting pretty far from riding goals! I am not sure which solution you are alluding to. Hopefully not a final one.

    I simply want to wear my baggies more, avoid short track racing and dare I say - connect with unique people, new lines and trails to shred that are actually going to feel like an accomplishment. I've already been told that is anti-social because the big game in town plays by rules that run counter to my troubling eccentricities and tastes. Failing to support that industry makes one a bit of a black sheep in the eyes of many who participate, particularly when it comes to topics such as goals because there is no time or podium found to reassure one's standing. Based on what i've read for many people here no real goal will be achieved unless they've got the time sheet, trophy or report card.

    I find these threads are funny because the context is always set by somebody who really wonders which races do you plan to win? As evidenced by the majority of answers.

    If I could put one goal on everybody's list it would be to travel Ontario and ride everything they can find, not to engage in another comfortable by habit rat race. I'd hope in 2012 those "competitors" realize they do not need those external validations and standings to be satisfied and ride their bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    I'd hope in 2012 those "competitors" realize they do not need those external validations and standings to be satisfied and ride their bicycle.
    I don't consider myself to be one of those racer types who needs to win. But, when I look back at the fun and thrills I've had in the races where I did get to step on the box, I can understand why people set wining as a goal.
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    I approve, but I am concerned for the fate of your new 5spot. Blue might eat it alive!
    the spot won't be my blue bike. i may keep my enduro or build up something special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    I'd hope in 2012 those "competitors" realize they do not need those external validations and standings to be satisfied and ride their bicycle.
    It takes all kinds mate...You can see that here as there are a variety of goals and aspirations. Some are totally non-race related, some are. It's really irrelevant which is your flavor as we all share the same love to be on the bike.

    For some of us, myself included, racing is a way to set goals and measure personal performance against them. There is plenty of satisfaction in that and the standings don't sway the love of the bike factor, but only provide perspective of where we are or would like to be. Each to there own on what "floats our boats" on the riding front, racing or otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by langford View Post
    Ride with Biggie - I'm sure I will feel more petite and lighter! Biggie, we were out for a 7:00 am Red Hill ride this morning, I shoulda called you!

    Give up on winter training - this was a goal for the last 2 years, didn't come close to happening - maybe if it's not a goal, I might do something!
    My 6 year old has practice friday evening and games Saturday mornings. Sunday mornings are usually sleep time. That said I'll PM ya my email - it is usually left open...so I see it more.

    Although some of my posts are embellished for effect I really am very slow. It makes me feel better about myself when I classify myself as a sprinter not a mountains or GC kinda guy.

    If people keep walking that new paved brow trail we may be able to keep some riding options all winter with that trail and the one that heads down to the Corktown pub....

    Take care, I'm heading down to see if there's any pie left....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister View Post
    It takes all kinds mate...
    So long as people can actually act that way when interacting with other mountain bikers I have no problem.

    Unfortunately that isn't the case.

    That post was more about respect for other mountain bikers beyond the valuing system people work within while being podium chasers or even within those very systems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I wear baggies at all but the shortest of short lap races (not practical at all for CX...) and it suits me just fine!

    Cyclelicious, I think your new project is most excellent and if it's not too awkward or personal. I think it would make great reading if you started an on-going thread about the experience. Could serve as great inspiration to other readers dealing with their own challenges.
    Thanks for the response. Looking forward to contributing with medical experts to develop this study and program.
    Unfortunately the current tone of this forum is not the correct place to host such a thread. Though I will be posting a link when ready to a graciously offered hosting opportunity

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    If I could put one goal on everybody's list it would be to travel Ontario and ride everything they can find, not to engage in another comfortable by habit rat race.
    When I did "all the races" one of the big benefits was the variety of riding locations I got to experience. Some (Mansfield, Duntroon etc) are not even open except for in races. I have a terrible sense of direction and don't love most group rides, nor do I want to have to depend on a generous local, so a marked race course gives me a safe opportunity to ride at my own pace in new places. Dan's Substance marathons were particularly good for this. My goals generally were to be fit enough to have fun in these situations (i.e. not be swept off the course nor be completely exhausted at the end).

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    I find these threads are funny because the context is always set by somebody who really wonders which races do you plan to win? As evidenced by the majority of answers.
    For me the goal is just a distant target that sets the framework for how I'm going to spend the Winter. Whether I actually achieve "the goal" is mostly irrelevant since it's really all about the process of getting there but nobody would sit through a laundry list of my riding plans for the next 7 months. It's abstract, get it?

    A goal doesn't need to be performance related; it could be anything - plus it gives us something to talk about on rainy days.
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    I still had some 2011 new years resolutions to cram in. So much for that.

    Ghettocruiser's 2012 Riding Objectives List:

    - Move up in P2A standings, not down.
    - Re-assemble my DH bike.
    - PRs on a few local hill climbs while not taking strava *too* seriously.
    - TNT under 10 hrs. (Are we allowed to list roadie stuff in here?)
    - Wear more baggy shorts on the road.
    - Wear more lycra on the trails.
    - Ride more with the kids, now that they both can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    (Are we allowed to list roadie stuff in here?)
    The thread title says "riding" so as long as you don't start talking horses, it's fine by me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I'm not sure I rode ANYWHERE 29 times this year!
    I hear you! Small children are not conducive to getting lots of riding in. I did a good number of rides on the Trailway and/or local gravel trails with our 2-year old in a chariot, but it's not the same.

    My goals for 2012 are:

    1) To find time to ride. Probably at 5AM once it's light at that time.

    2) To get my fitness to the point where I can make it from the trailhead to the top of the climb on Ridgeline without stopping. It's only a few hundred vertical feet but it's super tech so just spinning in the granny won't cut it. I can do all the moves but my lungs just about explode and I have to stop a couple of times and I'm pretty beat by the time I get to the top.

    3) Not really riding but I want to get trail building activities more organized such that we can have a trail day even if I can't show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Thanks for the response. Looking forward to contributing with medical experts to develop this study and program.
    Unfortunately the current tone of this forum is not the correct place to host such a thread. Though I will be posting a link when ready to a graciously offered hosting opportunity
    I'm truly sorry you feel you can't put that thread here. I, for one, would really like to read it and find out more about what you are doing. I sincerely hope you change you mind. If not, please post where I can find this thread elsewhere when you are ready or if you are comfortable, pm me. Seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Ron Hoover View Post
    1) To find time to ride. Probably at 5AM once it's light at that time.
    If you can't find the time, create it. Why not get a nice lighting set so you don't have to wait until it's light?
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    For me the goal is just a distant target that sets the framework for how I'm going to spend the Winter. Whether I actually achieve "the goal" is mostly irrelevant since it's really all about the process of getting there but nobody would sit through a laundry list of my riding plans for the next 7 months. It's abstract, get it?

    A goal doesn't need to be performance related; it could be anything - plus it gives us something to talk about on rainy days.
    No a goal doesn't need to performance related, but I got tired of mountain bikers whose goals are all performance related riding about with a ridiculous attitude. There are some real charmers - think about "single speeder coming through!" as an example. Maybe it's not their goal, but how many people's toes they'll step on. For that person i wrote my suggestion to make a goal to visit various ontario trails. Perhaps along the way they'll become civilized. I'm skeptical that will happen, since another poster wrote it's a personality problem, but who knows.

    I don't get that winter process of yours, never achieving your own goal sound frustrating. You must have set smaller goals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    When I did "all the races" one of the big benefits was the variety of riding locations I got to experience. Some (Mansfield, Duntroon etc) are not even open except for in races. I have a terrible sense of direction and don't love most group rides, nor do I want to have to depend on a generous local, so a marked race course gives me a safe opportunity to ride at my own pace in new places. Dan's Substance marathons were particularly good for this. My goals generally were to be fit enough to have fun in these situations (i.e. not be swept off the course nor be completely exhausted at the end).
    Well, i'm pleased you found your own way to enjoy those races. Some of Dan's races are a little more interesting and draw a slightly more diverse crowd. I don't feel pressed to meet locals nor am I pressed for time when out riding, so my horrible sense of direction matters less. How many of those places that you visited on the circuit have you returned to? I find forests that i've learned the route through another person's guidance or trial and error are visited more frequently than the taped courses which can miss a lot and dramatically change the character of the outing. I'm surprised you don't like group rides, but then what do I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    No a goal doesn't need to performance related, but I got tired of mountain bikers whose goals are all performance related riding about with a ridiculous attitude. There are some real charmers - think about "single speeder coming through!" as an example. Maybe it's not their goal, but how many people's toes they'll step on. For that person i wrote my suggestion to make a goal to visit various ontario trails. Perhaps along the way they'll become civilized. I'm skeptical that will happen, since another poster wrote it's a personality problem, but who knows.
    Hmmm... you seem to be spending to much time worrying and whining about others goals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    Hmmm... you seem to be spending to much time worrying and whining about others goals.
    What can I say... I also have a flat on a disgusting wheel that I really don't want to change - oops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    1) Do one of the epic 6 hour rides of the trails at St. Helena. Sounds easy enough, problem is these trails make Buckwallow & Porcupine Ridge look easy.
    Intriguing. Where is St. Helena?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    Intriguing. Where is St. Helena?
    Get in touch with Peter Weldon on the Defiant MTB group on Facebook, him and his gang lead rides there every week all year round.

    edit: wtf? I went to add a paragraph and it whacked my entire post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    It's not too far north of Kelso. Drive on the 401 until you come to the Regional Road 25 exit a bit east of Kelso. Go north on 25 past the golf courses until you see St. Helena Rd on the left (if you don't see it and get to sideroad 15 you've gone too far), turn onto the road and park it. The trails start on the south end of the road, though I barely know them since I've only been there twice and the first time was around 10 years ago.
    Very interesting. I might have to do a little exploring too eh? Thanks for the info
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    This insight is so deep, my mind can't even process it.
    A couple of layers of duct taped wrapped around your head will allow it to withstand higher internal pressure before ultimately exploding. I know you're a budding mech engineer so you can probably work a slide rule and all that, but sometimes a getting suggestions like this based on real world experience can go a long way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    A couple of layers of duct taped wrapped around your head will allow it to withstand higher internal pressure before ultimately exploding. I know you're a budding mech engineer so you can probably work a slide rule and all that, but sometimes a getting suggestions like this based on real world experience can go a long way.
    Real world experience also proves duct tape to be a possible skin material for an aircraft. Thank you Mythbusters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    Very interesting. I might have to do a little exploring too eh? Thanks for the info
    Just don't get all lawsuity if you get a big boo-boo or a fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Real world experience also proves duct tape to be a possible skin material for an aircraft. Thank you Mythbusters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Careful there Icarus, fly to high and the adhesive power of your glue may yield nasty some results.
    What what what?! Next you're going to tell me my duct tape boat is going to sink too aren't ya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    What what what?! Next you're going to tell me my duct tape boat is going to sink too aren't ya?
    No, but a duct tape wallet might be the best investment yet because you'll never be able to spend a cent seeing as the credit card will remain safely affixed to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    No, but a duct tape wallet might be the best investment yet because you'll never be able to spend a cent seeing as the credit card will remain safely affixed to it.
    My daughter made me one. It was very cute. Obviously she did it from the perspective of financial management, as you suggest above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    Very interesting. I might have to do a little exploring too eh? Thanks for the info
    Be careful out there though, cell phone coverage can be a bit spotty and there's enough sections that look like this or more like this and I'm told that there's even worse stuff in there. Pads & protection is highly recommended unless you're really good and somewhat crazy like this woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    For me the goal is just a distant target that sets the framework for how I'm going to spend the Winter. Whether I actually achieve "the goal" is mostly irrelevant since it's really all about the process of getting there...
    With that mindset - I have but one goal for 2012 - and it's going to require the stars to align just right but I'm looking to Banff for the second Friday in June and the Tour Divide. Received the maps this week, tested out the GPS tracker in September, now just need to find the time and a little money, and a LOT of training. The snow bike should be busy this winter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biff Pedachenko View Post
    With that mindset - I have but one goal for 2012 - and it's going to require the stars to align just right but I'm looking to Banff for the second Friday in June and the Tour Divide. Received the maps this week, tested out the GPS tracker in September, now just need to find the time and a little money, and a LOT of training. The snow bike should be busy this winter...
    I would *love* to attempt that but my stars won't be aligning that way any time soon. I hope it works out because it would be great to here a first-hand account.
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    Needless to say, I won't be going to win. Jay Petervary's new time this past year was 17 days 9 hours - I know I'm not covering 2700+ miles in less than that - my only goal is to get into the GC so I have 34 days to finish...

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    Hummm...

    I have been trying to figure this out for next season, So I have got it down to Sell my bike, buy two new bikes, one DH and one XC, Ride more DH. Do more Epic ride/photo days of riding. Make it to a few late season races, maybe do an xterra. Register for BCBR for 2013.
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    My riding goals for 2012

    1)Consistently clear the middle jump lines at Joyride
    2)Finish within the top 120 at PA*
    3)Do the Ocup series**
    4)Complete the 24 hour solo***

    *if not within the top 120, I will be satisfied if I manage, just this once, to finish ahead of Oggie
    **never have done an Ocup, previous races have all been endurance events.
    *** 1st attempt l managed maybe 16 hours, 2nd attempt turned into the "12hrs of Solstice
    Oh, and I have rediscovered the joys of gears again, so I will be racing on a geared bike, with suspension

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    A different perspective for those not keen on racing.

    Remember mountain bikes weren't created with the intent to see nature, or go into the woods with friends and sing Kumbaya, people already did that - it is called hiking. The innovation known as the mountain bike was created in California by racing cyclists to go balls-out down the Repack! X-country racing started soon after - the technology we take for granted today was honed by people wanting to faster.

    Your reason to ride is your own perogative entirely, personally I find I ride a lot more when I have a race to train for. And it is phenomenal people on here have so many interesting goals inside and outside of racing Happy Holidays Adam

    PS - My goal in 2012, to make my brother suffer on a ride at the cottage! When we go for a mountain bike ride together it usually gets competitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicoracing View Post
    Remember mountain bikes weren't created with the intent to see nature, or go into the woods with friends and sing Kumbaya, people already did that - it is called hiking. The innovation known as the mountain bike was created in California by racing cyclists to go balls-out down the Repack! X-country racing started soon after - the technology we take for granted today was honed by people wanting to faster.
    Meanwhile Russ Mahon and the MDC where having fun on their bikes simply bombing DH's. Not worring about racing. Heck.. they showed up at a CX race on their klunkers. And the only reason they went was because they thought it would be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicoracing View Post
    A different perspective for those not keen on racing.

    Remember mountain bikes weren't created with the intent to see nature, or go into the woods with friends and sing Kumbaya, people already did that - it is called hiking. The innovation known as the mountain bike was created in California by racing cyclists to go balls-out down the Repack! X-country racing started soon after - the technology we take for granted today was honed by people wanting to faster.

    Your reason to ride is your own perogative entirely, personally I find I ride a lot more when I have a race to train for. And it is phenomenal people on here have so many interesting goals inside and outside of racing Happy Holidays Adam

    PS - My goal in 2012, to make my brother suffer on a ride at the cottage! When we go for a mountain bike ride together it usually gets competitive.
    True and not true, mountain biking is for most of us a way to get out into the outdoors without acoustic guitars and hemp clothing. I'd bet racing was not a consideration for most who purchase a mountain bike. Having done some tripping, mountain biking isn't how i'd go into the back-country, but that doesn't mean it isn't an excellent way to go into the "near" country. For most of us in the urban area we have to settle for the near country. I notice lots of people, perhaps more today than ever, go bikepacking and while xc is popular i think it's important not to get so excited and turn your riding into a one-trick pony because your interest won't last. Eventually you'll get sick of it and move on if diversification doesn't happen. Not saying you have to "take your icky baggy shorts medicine" it is just my observation over time that one-trick riders come and go from the sport a lot quicker.

    If having a podium goal is what gets you out there, then i'll have to settle for that because at least you're out there!

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    Most people race and are competitive 'just for fun'. I'm not sure why there has to be any negativity attached to that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akura View Post
    Most people race and are competitive 'just for fun'. I'm not sure why there has to be any negativity attached to that?
    No more or less than people who prefer to just ride, without doing any racing.

    People will gravitate to whatever they have fun with. For some people that's just casual riding, others will mix one or more different types of racing in around their casual riding.

    All good any way you slice it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    All good any way you slice it.
    Exactly!

    I love to race and I also love to get out for a cruise in the woods with the boys. I rode the Paul's 30k loop on a rigid, singlespeed, 29er for the first time last weekend on a fun ride with some friends and it was great!

    I've hammered out that same loop in a race more than once and had just as much fun.

    Like you said, it's ALL good.

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    There seems to be little point or advantage in trying to shame people for wanting to race but whatever. I'm sure people try to draw lines and build camps in all hobbies. For all I know, golfers are similarly split into "tournament players" and "soul putters".
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    There seems to be little point or advantage in trying to shame people for wanting to race but whatever. I'm sure people try to draw lines and build camps in all hobbies. For all I know, golfers are similarly split into "tournament players" and "soul putters".
    We all know there is only one reason to go golfing: Get away from your significant other and get drunk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    There seems to be little point or advantage in trying to shame people for wanting to race but whatever. I'm sure people try to draw lines and build camps in all hobbies. For all I know, golfers are similarly split into "tournament players" and "soul putters".
    Haha, not trying to shame ya at all... just to broaden the racer palate and mix up people's lists. Specialization is for insects we can engage in a very wide range of activities as "people".

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    We all know there is only one reason to go golfing: Get away from your significant other and get drunk!

    Where's the beer cart girl.

    Please Sydor, i'd rather you wear spandex and ride a carbon whippet than take up golfing and retirement magazines.

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    Get stoked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    If having a podium goal is what gets you out there, then i'll have to settle for that because at least you're out there!
    My *podium goal* may be finishing the race in time to see other people standing on it.
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