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    I had to avenge “Mind That Bird” this morning

    Most of my commute to work is on a road that was used in WWII to transport tanks from one military base to another. The road is now pretty much closed to motorist and is almost solely used by cyclist, joggers, and pedestrians. During the Spring and Summer months it is especially nice because there is usually a good amount of people cycling in the morning and the evenings.

    This morning at the beginning of my commute, which is all uphill for the first 2 miles, I saw a cyclist cruising about 50 yards or more ahead of me. I thought to myself that I can probably catch ‘him’ by the time we make it to the hill’s crest. So I kick it up a notch and catch up with ‘him’ which turns out to be a ‘her’. Once I see that ‘he’ is a ‘she’, I pass her, go back to cruising, and continue my ride to work. I had no idea how far she was behind me because I really wasn't expecting to see her again. After I reached the top of the hill and started riding on a flat for a while, she came zipping past me. I’m not thinking about racing her at this point, but I figured that I would speed up a little and ride along with her for a stretch. As I began to pull up along side of her, she sped up even more. So I sped up a little and began to ride at her pace for a while. We were going at a pretty fast and I can see how she could have thought that I was trying to race her, but I knew that I could have left her behind if I wanted to. Once we came to the next hill she began to really fall behind. Once again, I didn’t think that I’d see her again because she was a good distance behind me when I made it to the top of the hill. By this time, I still had a couple of miles before making it to work so I went back into cruise mode. A couple of minutes later, here comes “Rachel Alexandra” flying past me again. At this point I thought to myself that she must have thought that she was actually keeping up with me on that last flat. So I ran her down again and pulled away from her, not to see her anymore. I have to give it up to her for pushing to catch up and pass me on the down hills and flats (even though I didn’t think we were racing at first). Once she gets better going up the hills, I can see her beating a lot of guys that would otherwise second guess her because of her sex.
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    I'll tell ya, dude, I'm such a feminist I'd pi$$ off Gloria Steinem! I'm a full believer in Equal Rights Amendment.A woman wants equal pay, OK -- do the equal work! A woman wants to ride with me -- keep up! A woman wants to race me -- no handicaps, we'll go.

    I was at a crosswalk (MUP) going home from work the other day, waiting for the light. A younger woman rolled up alongside the curb, talking about the cars that block access to the crosswalk where I was (and they do). I commiserated, and before the light changed, offered her the chance to go first onto the MUP. She declined, saying I could go, and if I was too slow for her, she'd just pass me.

    I didn't laugh, but when the light changed, I rolled onto the MUP, normal pace (I like it energetic). Never saw her again. She must have looked at me, seen the gray on my chin and my FS/AM bike, and thought I was a slow old fart. Guess she knows better now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpedaler
    She must have looked at me, seen the gray on my chin and my FS/AM bike, and thought I was a slow old fart.
    Or... she wasn`t racing either and she really only meant that if you were too slow for her she`d pass you. Apparently you weren`t too slow for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar
    Or... she wasn`t racing either and she really only meant that if you were too slow for her she`d pass you. Apparently you weren`t too slow for her.
    How much of War & Peace are reading between the lines of the little bit I wrote? THAT WAS MY EXACT POINT OF THE STORY, not even a hint that she was racing!

    Wow.
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    Yeah, sorry. Ya know, I`ve often heard that such and such sociologist or communicologist or whatever claims that X percent of what we supposedly communicate with words is actually communicated via voice inflection, body language, facial expression, etc while we`re talking. It always sounded like BS to me, but internert forums are kind of proving that idea right. With staight up words,it`s easy to overjudge the seriousness in somebody else`s statements.

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    I heard 40% was body language.

    As far as the net forums, it does come through in print a lot; but that's inflection and emotional intent, not content. It does get easy to get casual with it, though...done it myself.

    We cool......

    Now --- WTF ARE WE DOING HERE INSTEAD OF PEDALING?!? (Sorry, had to lighten the moment, lol) For me, it's the rain -- I'll commute in it in a heartbeat, but I'm off today, and aimless rides in the rain are something I have to be in the mood for. And today isn't one of those times.
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