Robert wrote:Points well taken but I do feel this way if it were my business. If the turnouts continue to be low, then I would cancel the race. They do this for a living and if the people don't show, then, well, if were your business, what would you do? And the only marketing I see for those races, I mentioned, are their websites. Maybe they should go with a 6 and 9 or just an 8 hour format as that will attract more riders who feel they can solo that but not a 12 hour event. And I will bet you that most people who ride the race spend Sunday driving back and not in the pew. I don't have a family so I bow to your knowledge on that one.
And could you please explain burnout to me? I have never felt burned out on riding my bike. I race just enough, maybe 6 to 7 times per year, to have some goals and I am excited when I go to a race. I can see burnout on a job because we have to work. However,we choose to ride a bike. This has always been puzzling to me and I hear that word a lot.
I can't speak to your first point but to your second on "burnout" I offer you this. I raced and trained for several years, during that time I found myself riding/training/racing my bike upwards of 20 + hours a week. I did this for multiple years and after a while it felt more like a job than something I did for fun. 30 degrees and raining? Gotta ride b/c coach told me today I needed to spend 2 hours in zone 3. Friends heading to the beach for a quick vacation? Sorry I can't go, my current plan calls for me to spend 6 hours on the bike on Saturday and it needs to be on hilly terrain to focus on my climbing. Mix that in with, I can't go full out on todays ride b/c I need to keep my heart rate at a steady 145 bpm and then I can't grab mexican food w/ you guys b/c I'm trying to get down to a lower race weight..... After a while I came to my senses and realized I had made my hobby my lifestyle and had taken all the fun out of it. Every time I got on my bike there just wasn't any joy in it and it was all I could to do to stay motivated to finish a ride. I talked it over with a friend of mine who has been riding and racing much longer than me and Hodge said, "dude you're burned out, go home and hang your bike up and don't even look at it for a month." Of course I didn't listen and spent the next year angry and miserable that I wasn't enjoying riding and being on my bike became a point of stress for me. Finally I did put the bike down and spent some time away doing other things and low and behold I actually enjoyed riding when I finally did come back to it a few months later.