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Get Thee Off My Race

During the half marathon on Sunday, Sarah and I (and some other #TeamCCM members) had a run-in with a cyclist who was REALLY angry that the bike trail was full of walkers and runners. You know, the same bike trail that had signs posted everywhere that the trail would be CLOSED to non-race participants BECAUSE OF THE RACE THAT THESE RUNNERS/WALKERS WERE DOING.

He was so rude to us, Sarah and I found ourselves intermittently angry for miles.

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“I’m cannot believe how mad I still am.”

“Me too! I’ve already written three different angry Facebook posts!”

(20 minutes later)

“In my head, I just pushed him off his bike.”

“Oh, I’ve stuck my foot in his spokes five times already.”

***

I think we both know that his asshole behavior had nothing to do with us. There were many other race participants around us. We just happened to be who he decided to yell at. (He was probably jealous of our shirts. Let’s be real.) Maybe he was having a really bad day. Maybe he got in a fight with his girlfriend. Maybe he doesn’t HAVE a girlfriend. Who knows?  But his anger toward a group of people WORKING THEIR TAILS OFF FOR 13+ MILES was a little hard to take as he’s pedaling on his dumb bike. As Sarah eloquently called out to him, “You’re the reason cyclists get a bad name!”

To be perfectly honest, just telling the story has made me feel angry again. And once again I’m frustrated by the fact that such a poopoo head (yeah, I don’t know either) could steal my thunder. While the race didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted it to, I was still out there doing it. I (we) didn’t give up. A jerk cyclist does not have the right to take that away from all of us who worked hard to be there. His anger is HIS problem. But I took it so personally!

**Shakes angry fist**

What makes me so frustrated about the entire situation is that I was so proud of our Cap City Moms Team and I let him make a mess of all of that.

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I LOVE where we live and wanted to enjoy the sights of our great town! Yet, a big part of what I remember about that day is getting yelled at (and flipped off) by a psycho cyclist!

Lame.

I’m proud of finishing. I’m proud of setting a goal and making it happen, even if it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. But mostly? I am so damn proud of these ladies right here.

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They rocked this thing. And they are the very best part of this race. I can honestly say, without any hesitation, that I CANNOT wait for the next race-the next goal.

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There is so much in store for #TeamCCM and it is going to be all kinds of awesome. No turd on a bike can take that away.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    March 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    That dude was THE WORST!
    But we finished! We got medals and drank hard cider and SOMEDAY I will be able to walk again. Huzzah!

  • Reply
    Bridgette White
    March 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Wow! I hate that for you. I have had my fair share of run-ins with mean bikers. Actually had a lady get off her bike once and scream in my face about walkers endangering bikers. I try to take comfort in the fact they are “riding off” their anger. Heaven knows what would happen if these same folks were behind a wheel with all that anger. Proud of all you CCM moms and might join you someday. In the meantime, I’ll cheer from the comfort of my computer :)

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    Karen of MrsLookingGood
    March 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    You wonder sometimes how people think! A biker is supposed to share the road with runners/walkers. And to think the trail is closed that day. Tsk tsk. He’s acting exactly like car drivers act when they become rude to cyclists, his own kind. I guess he’ll never be a tri-athlete since he can’t respect runners.

    On a happier note, congratulations to #TeamCCM! You ladies killed it and you managed to look fresh even after those grueling miles!

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    Nora
    March 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Nope. Stinky bike boy can’t take away an amazing day. I can’t wait to make more awesome memories!!

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