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  1. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    I took two weeks off of the bike as I was deathly ill. Went back up to N* this weekend with the intentions of hitting it like a cave man, but just have been unable to get back into the swing of it.

    Yesterday I just ran out of juice. Three runs, felt like hell, which was a result of too many nights partying, sleeping in someone's bushes on Friday night, and the husband of my friend's girlfriend showing up in the morning looking for a fight. Went home, tried to sleep, didn't work out well, got maybe five hours.

    Went back up today with the intent of racing the Boondock's race. Went down hard my first run on Gypsy, augered off of the last jump on there, and wasn't able to get back in the fight after. Made a few more runs, but they were at about a 75% pace. Didn't have more than that in me.

    Any suggestions on how to get my head out of my ass and back in the riding game? Only got a few more weekends to whoop it up before fall falls on us.
     

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  2. zebrahum

    zebrahum Monkey

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    relax on your expectations of how you should be riding and just start riding. It's hard to take time off of anything and it'll take time to get back to your full speed. For now just back off a bit and you'll naturally ramp up as you put more time in.
     
  3. HAB

    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    When I'm struggling to find speed, I like to take a step back, and rather than trying to be fast, try to be as smooth as I can. After a bit of that I'll find myself going fast without having tried to force myself to do it.
     
  4. maddog17

    maddog17 Turbo Monkey

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    learn voodoo, cut the head off a chicken and go from there.
     
  5. JohnE

    JohnE filthy rascist

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    Smooth is fast, fast is smooth...
     
  6. Leppah

    Leppah Turbo Monkey

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    Try getting a good amount of rest before you go racing. You need sleep. That way you can keep your head clear and concentrate when you're haulin arse. I notice a huge difference when i don't get enough sleep the night before i go Dh ridin.

    Smooth is fast too. i find that i'm actually faster when i'm riding for fun vs. racing. I try to go too fast when i race sometimes. That comes with experience though.
     
  7. greenhood

    greenhood Turbo Monkey

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    Hop on the wagon for two weeks and enjoy n* to the fullest. Have fun, that is what riding is all about. My two cents.
     
  8. Pesqueeb

    Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    A little less of the above wouldn't hurt.
     
  9. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    you remind of girls who always need drama in their life.....
     
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  10. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    I hate you.
     
  11. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    i honestly don't mean it to be a dick......you just need to cut some sh*t out of your life.
     
  12. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    I hate you because you're right.

    However, I've still got a few weeks of summer left. I can continue to be an asshole for a few more, then I'll be a grown up maybe in November.
     
  13. drt_jumper

    drt_jumper Monkey

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    Just do what I am doing, selling all my bikes except my 20 and XC bike and I am going to start Road Racing motorcycles....that is what you should do!!!:thumb:
     
  14. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    Like stepping up in an order of magnitude though.

    I was able to race Ducati's when I still had a doctor for a wife. However, now that I am doing the show alone, the dollars don't go as far as they used to. Once things start clicking a little better work wise maybe I can get back to this level of play-crack, but that's a ways off.
     
  15. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    Reefer! I mean, it can't mess you up any more - right? :D
     
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  16. DirtyMike

    DirtyMike Turbo Fluffer

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    In all seriousness, whenever your off the bike for reasons such as an injury, or being super sick, its going to take a couple weekends of riding to get back into it. Just have to take your time
     
  17. spocomptonrider

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    I wasn't riding all that hot towards the middle of this season. So I took a step back and did some other stuff for a while, camping fly-fishing, hit the gym a bunch. After a couple weeks I was itching to get out and rip some trails on the DH and without really trying I was keeping pace with the faster dudes around here. Sometimes I think a little break really helps, you stop worrying about the stupid little details, then when you do get back on the bike you just wanna be Ricky Bobby. Left Turns to the Grave!
     
  18. Brian HCM#1

    Brian HCM#1 MMMMMMMMM BEER!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sounds like it's time for a new DH bike:thumb:



    Like a new Karpiel Disco :D
     
  19. Kanye West

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    Weight on the pedals, eyes on the horizon.
     
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    Yo, cool story bro.
     
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    daisycutter Turbo Monkey

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    I love reading your threads, it makes me feel good to hear of someone worse off them me.
     
  22. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

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    Listen to the voices...

    And take a quick break. Maybe Downieville, maybe take a visit to another town.

    You are welcome to visit crash at my place. Maybe ride Critical Mass.
     
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    Yes, ride Downieville. :thumb:
     
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    have you started drinking again?

    and i liked this one, made me laugh:
    "...and the husband of my friend's girlfriend showing up in the morning looking for a fight..."
     
  25. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    I was gonna say psilocybin. :thumb:
     
  26. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    hahaha, i had to reread that for it to make full sense.

    if you want to get faster, make motorcycle noises. It improves your speed and focus by 267.4%.
     
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    We have heard this before. Lessons not learned will be repeated.
     
  28. jonKranked

    jonKranked Press Button, Receive Stupid

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  29. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    D-ville sounds like a hell of an idea. Maybe Saturday.
    Or maybe some shuttle runs in Tahoe. Yea, good idea.
     
  30. CrabJoe StretchPants

    CrabJoe StretchPants Reincarnated Crab Walking Head Spinning Bruce Dick

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    Siu,p
     
  31. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    Amen. Thank you for your support.
     
  32. CrabJoe StretchPants

    CrabJoe StretchPants Reincarnated Crab Walking Head Spinning Bruce Dick

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    That's what we're here for, buddy. :thumb:
     
  33. Sandwich

    Sandwich Pig my fish!
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    wtf?,.
     
  34. Prettym1k3

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    I heard somewhere that two weeks off the bike is like losing 20-30% of your skill and fitness. 20-30% is HUGE in our sport, Dirt.
     
  35. CrabJoe StretchPants

    CrabJoe StretchPants Reincarnated Crab Walking Head Spinning Bruce Dick

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    Weird, I sometimes wont ride for 2-3 weeks, and that first ride back I feel a lot more fit/comfortable/smooth on the bike.


    Sometimes a break is a good thing, IMO.
     
  36. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Just go out for fun, not to haul ass.

    Back on the sauce eh?
     
  37. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I really like DMG's threads. :rofl:
     
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    Time off the bike did Mick Hannah some good.

    I think time off the bike is good once in a while. Being consistent with being on the bike is good too. But i notice that when i don't ride as often, i ride more smooth and tend to be a little quicker. I don't try as hard when i don't ride as much. That's just how i ride though. Sometimes you have to take a step back to become faster though.

    Being healthy doesn't hurt either.
     
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    Go ride cross country, get in shape dammit! And I'm not talking about becoming a sphere. Now get out there and make something of yourself!
     
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    the husband of my friend's girlfriend? she was cheating i assume? or you have bad comprehension.