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    The ULTIMATE XC RACING AND TRAINING THREAD

    This thread contains ALL of this forum's necessary advice.

    Ride more unless you are riding too much.

    Your bike is light enough unless it is too heavy.

    Ride harder.

    Your diet is stupid.

    Your supplements are stupid.

    You aren't fast enough for a coach.

    Get a powermeter.

    Ride lots.

    There, covered?

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    Yeah but if I'm riding too much should I ride less? If so, how much less and for how long? I don't have a PM but I'm guessin' it should be just enough less so it no longer feels like too much. Or at least close enough to not actually be too much. Or should I ignore my feelings of too much and HTFU?

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    I think you forgot "Shave your legs, unless you don't want to"

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    Nobody can really prove clipless is faster than flats

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    What is faster...a 26" hardtail or 29" hardtail or a 26" full suspension or a 29" full suspension?

    I really want to "buy speed and fitness". I don't want to actually work for it.

    I have been told that "It's all about the motor"...but I don't like that advice.

    Also, should I keep using bar ends even if I look like a kook from the 90s??

    Oh..and.. If anyone beats you/me in a race, it can easily be justified with the following logic:
    A. they are a doper
    B. they live/train at high elevations and it is not fair
    C. they are a dirty filthy sandbagger
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    D. their bike is 146+ grams lighter than yours (rotating weight...clearly)

    **Note: Always make an effort to find an excuse for a loss if none of the above fit your needs. Make sure that the excuse does not reflect personal lack of fitness...or anything personal for that matter.

    Also, make sure your racing is purely ego-driven and has nothing to do with that thing called "enjoyment".
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    Don't forget to race only for training not to be competitive because your off the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw9 View Post
    I think you forgot "Shave your legs, unless you don't want to"
    mmmm. A terrible omission. I feel awful.

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    I hope I can help....

    What is faster...a 26" hardtail or 29" hardtail or a 26" full suspension or a 29" full suspension?
    Yes. It is.

    I really want to "buy speed and fitness". I don't want to actually work for it
    .

    I have a coaching service I think you might be interested in - M. Ferrari

    I have been told that "It's all about the motor"...but I don't like that advice.
    There are no motors in bike racing.

    Also, should I keep using bar ends even if I look like a kook from the 90s??
    Depends... Are the carbon? And in any case, yes. For street cred, at the very least.

    Oh..and.. If anyone beats you/me in a race, it can easily be justified with the following logic:
    A. they are a doper
    B. they live/train at high elevations and it is not fair
    C. they are a dirty filthy sandbagger
    or
    D. their bike is 146+ grams lighter than yours (rotating weight...clearly)
    I've never been beaten by anyone who is more talented or works harder than I do. Not possible.

    **Note: Always make an effort to find an excuse for a loss if none of the above fit your needs. Make sure that the excuse does not reflect personal lack of fitness...or anything personal for that matter.
    This would apply if I'd ever lost a race. But I'm always winning. Like Ricky Bobby.

    Also, make sure your racing is purely ego-driven and has nothing to do with that thing called "enjoyment"
    If I wanted an enjoyable hobby, I'd take up something easy, like hanging out at the bar or bowling.

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    don't forget that
    1) tubeless is better unless you're better with tubes
    2) the best tires are round and black
    3) tire psi is determined with a pressure gauge of some sort

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    Quote Originally Posted by playpunk View Post
    I hope I can help....



    Yes. It is.

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    I have a coaching service I think you might be interested in - M. Ferrari



    There are no motors in bike racing.



    Depends... Are the carbon? And in any case, yes. For street cred, at the very least.



    I've never been beaten by anyone who is more talented or works harder than I do. Not possible.



    This would apply if I'd ever lost a race. But I'm always winning. Like Ricky Bobby.



    If I wanted an enjoyable hobby, I'd take up something easy, like hanging out at the bar or bowling.
    Will you be my coach? I will pay you $180 a week.

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    ABR
    Always. Be. Racing.

    Take it personal if you are passed... anywhere. The copy machine at the office, the farmers market, church. Never let anyone if front of you. It's a state of mind. Live it.
    Get it unlocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw9 View Post
    I think you forgot "Shave your legs, unless you don't want to"
    What about shaving your whole body and riding naked,or a neoprem suit like the swimmers.
    Yes dear I've been in the woods,look at the blood

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    Quote Originally Posted by estabro View Post
    ABR
    Always. Be. Racing.

    Take it personal if you are passed... anywhere. The copy machine at the office, the farmers market, church. Never let anyone if front of you. It's a state of mind. Live it.
    The farmers market is pretty serious business. If you get between me and my free-range eggs you are in serious trouble.

    This made me laugh.

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    How could you leave out the best one for a mountain bike race forum!??!??!?!

    Get a road bike.



    (i am very guilty of this one!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme View Post
    How could you leave out the best one for a mountain bike race forum!??!??!?!

    Get a road bike.



    (i am very guilty of this one!)
    Ooh, good one. That one is, though, "Get a road bike, unless you have tons of dirt roads. And in any case, a cross bike is just as good at everything. Unless it isn't."

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    Quote Originally Posted by playpunk View Post
    Ooh, good one. That one is, though, "Get a road bike, unless you have tons of dirt roads. And in any case, a cross bike is just as good at everything. Unless it isn't."
    But if you ride your mtb on the road you can afford a coach

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss rides a lot View Post
    But if you ride your mtb on the road you can afford a coach
    Considering tire replacement costs, the answer is clearly a definitive "No". Save your money and get a coach, unless of course you are not fast enough for a coach. See original post/statement #6.

    Also, any good coach will tell you to get a road bike, therefore eliminating the need to ride your mtb on the road...thus leaving you with the extra cash to spend on said coach.

    Note: You will need to get a road bike for free to make this work out financially.

    Hope that helps!

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    Don't waste your energy going for the hole shot unless you need to to win.

    You need a specialized diet to win races, unless you produce more power without one.

    Your not overtraining unless your riding too much.

    If your wheels don't way less than 1600g you can't win a race.

    If your riding a 29er you will win. Unless it's a full suspension or your body is adapted to 26 inch wheels which have far superior acceleration unless your races are on double track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk View Post
    Note: You will need to get a road bike for free to make this work out financially.
    Oh, one more thing. I'm a 28 year old, sport class cyclist with ONE victory.

    If you are a bike shop, bike manufacturer, components manufacturer, or kind-hearted philanthropist/benefactor: Give me your money and I will represent you at one or more races in the next 12 months.

    I need 100,000 dollars and/or six free bikes if you want space on my jersey. First come first served.

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    Speeds and distances shall be referred to and measured in kilometers.
    This includes while discussing cycling in the workplace with your non-cycling coworkers, serving to further mystify our sport in the web of their Neanderthalic cognitive capabilities.

    As the confused expression spreads across their unibrowed faces, casually mention your shaved legs. All of cyclings monuments are measured in the metric system and as such the English system is forbidden.

    -Velominati

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    i just thought of another one....


    always refer to your training in hours, unless you do a ridiculous distance or amount of climbing in which case you use distance and climbing numbers. in any case, it is best to log these rides with GPS and then obsess over the data, posting it to multiple websites where you can compete with others virtually.
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    always drink the most obscure beers. The more obscure the faster you will ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airskank View Post
    always drink the most obscure beers. The more obscure the faster you will ride.
    haha. good one.

    noted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme View Post
    always refer to your training in hours, unless you do a ridiculous distance or amount of climbing in which case you use distance and climbing numbers.
    I prefer using the number which makes the ride sound the hardest, in a unit which boosts the value. Therefore I always talk minutes (time), kilometers (distance), or feet (climbing) because hours, miles and meters are weak.
    Check out my SportTracks plugins for some training aid software.

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