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Friday, I was out NNCing a 40, and about 18 miles out I took my first break. It was the small park in Danbury, which is a popular rest stop for many group rides. There were signs posted about no vehicles of any kind allowed in the pavillion, but no one was there but some guy doing lawn work for it. I figured he wouldn't be bothering me about bringing my bike there, since he parked his truck there.
He stopped his work and came up to me, turns out he was taking a break and though he'd just say hi. He asks where I'm coming from, and where I'm headed. So I oblige him for a while, even though I was mostly about catching my breath, because I was pushing hard the whole way out.
What he said next, was what annoyed me. He's like "wow, I could NEVER do 40 miles, I'd prolly die" "I could never ride over 5 miles" "I could never sit on a seat like that" I kept quiet about the distance, and told him that you get used to the saddles real quick. Heck, my saddle is wider than most, but he doesn't know that. He continues on with his "I can'ts" and I decide It's time to get back on the road.
I wanted to tell him "you're right, you can't do it" "you'll never be able to, Especially with an attitude like that!" Heck, if I had that attitude, I wouldn't be riding myself.
This post isn't about NNCing, but about how so many times, our own personal attitude can keep us back from something. I've had attitudes like that in the past. Turns out, "I can't" is very powerful at becoming true when you say it. I need to bookmark this post, so I can come back and re-visit it when I get the "I can'ts" myself.
 

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people forget how easy it is to ride 5 miles. they probably rode 3 times that growing up. it just seems far to them, especially when they drive 3 miles to the golden arches.
 

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Your right, a society of convenience and I'm at fault too. The thing I hate about McD's is the trash people throw around after eating something from there. I find McDonald's trash all over the place and that bugs me more than anything. Not only are the people too lazy to make a decent meal but they're too lazy to throw out the bag and wrappers. It's amazing what you can accomplish by just putting one foot in front of the other (sing it now..).
 

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Festina Lente'
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People seem to be much more aware about what they can not do, than about what they can. Logic should direct us otherwise, however.
 

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Bent.....indeed.......
 

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I think that's true, when people only experience distance with a car, it seems impossibly long to cover it any other way. But I love how easily impressed people are at times :wink5:
 

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BentChainring said:
People seem to be much more aware about what they can not do, than about what they can. Logic should direct us otherwise, however.
Bent gets a sig for that one. Great words.
 

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Creakyknees said:
Bent gets a sig for that one. Great words.
Woo!

Need to meditate on that notion a bit... having a tough time living up to it.
 

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Seat's not level
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It is easier to fail than it is to succeed.
It is even easier to not try at all.
 

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It was told to me once that a large percentage of people keep themselves at an artificially low point of success. This allows them to fall a shorter distance when they fail. It is with this mindset that this percentage pf the population are obese and work at menial jobs.

It is easier to talk yourself out of doing something than it is to just get up and do it!
 

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rward325 said:
It is easier to talk yourself out of doing something than it is to just get up and do it!
i was out on a solo backpacking trip recently and came across the same kind of attitude as the OP and then i found myself in the situation quoted here.

i had covered about 8 miles of the 14 i planned for the day - i came across a guy and his dog at the top of a climb. i stop to take a breather and the guy, who was very fit and trim unlike my fat slobbishness, asked me how far i was going. i let him know that i was a little more than 1/2 way into my 14 miler.

the look on the guy's face was priceless. he was in disbelief that i was going so far in one day. he told me he was out for about 3 miles and was on the way back to his car. he was telling me there was no way he could do it and that it would take ages to do. it had been a few hours but i had stopped a few times - i was covering nearly 3 miles an hour. it was hot and the springs weren't flowing to good, and that was problematic for me...

i stopped at a shelter about 10 miles into the trip and found that i was talking myself out of going the final four miles. i was sore, tired, hot, and was ready to relax. but it was only 3:30 - it would be light for more than 3 hours and i really had nothing to pass the time. after 20 minutes of internal conflict, i got back on the trail and the first mile was incredibly difficult - it was uphill, poor walking, and i had gotten stung by a wasp. i nearly turned back.

the last mile was nearly straight up, and i took a long break at the base. at the top was the shelter i was going to stay in - it was new and i wanted to check it out. it took an hour to go that last mile but it was worth it. i had an incredible evening at the shelter. i was alone, had made a small fire, and listened to A Prairie Home Companion as i enjoyed a cigar in the warm glow of the fire. the sky was alive with stars.

had i not continued, i would have been at a shelter with no good sky watching, there would have been 6 others there, and it was a smaller shelter. it would have sucked. i was rewarded for continuing with an incredible night.

just do it.
 

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asciibaron said:
had i not continued, i would have been at a shelter with no good sky watching, there would have been 6 others there, and it was a smaller shelter. it would have sucked. i was rewarded for continuing with an incredible night.

just do it.
I heard a slightly different version. The other 6 banned you from the first shelter. :thumbsup:
 

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Chain said:
I heard a slightly different version. The other 6 banned you from the first shelter. :thumbsup:
well played sir.

damn, everything is on the interwebs, isn't it.
 

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Good news everyone!
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Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right.


I am not sure who to attribute this quote too, and it may not be verbatim, and I can't be bothered to search for myself to find out, but I thought it was relevant.
 

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