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I say "hello", and you say... nothing?!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Argh, my hip has been acting up! Apparently, while some people can get away with running several days a week and throwing in a little cross-training here and there, I cannot. My body requires at least 2 days of strength training in order to perform optimally, and slacking off results in owies. I did go out and run my normal weekday runs last week, but I thought I'd give my hip a break this weekend and bike in lieu of an LSD run.

It's interesting how you can get a completely different perspective on things just by changing your mode of transportation! I biked some of the B&B trails through Umstead (local state park) that I often run on. First of all, I noticed how crazy gravelly it is! There were a few times I had to be very careful. I've noticed that I have to watch my footing when I run, but I never noticed how nuts it would be for someone on wheels!

The other really interesting thing I noticed was that bikers seem to be a little less forthcoming with their greetings. The solo or recreational bikers seemed friendly enough... when I said "hello" first. The hard-core ones... many did not even RETURN my greeting. Whattup?! ALL of the runners said hi.

It got me to thinking... WHY? Here are my theories:

1. Hard-core peeps are going too fast or are too busy watching those gravelly trails. They either don't have time or don't notice until it's too late.

2. They knew I was a poser. They took 1 glimpse at my 20 year old Giant Butte (nice in its day, but...), my pigtails (sticking straight out, mind you, a combination of sweat and dirt!), my skirt (!), and my Old Reliable 10K t-shirt and KNEW I was not one of them!

3. They're just not as nice as runners! emoticon

What do YOU think? Do bikers say hi to you? Do I need to invest in something carbon fiber vs. solid steel? Do my Merrell Pace Gloves scream "I am a runner trying to pretend I'm wearing bike shoes!"? Was it the shirt, or the pig tails?

btw... the Giant Butte I referred to above is actually my bike (I'm sure real bikers knew that, but runners might not). One of the reasons I'm reluctant to let it go is because... c'mon.. how funny is that?
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  • ANNIE7205
    My fiancee is a cyclist and I always complain about this to him. There are trails through our neighborhood that the runners (myself included) frequent regularly and the cyclists use to get out into the country. I have yet to pass a runner who hasn't said hello or at least given a head nod. And the recreational cyclists are always polite - especially the older couples with matching bikes (super cute and I hope we're like that at that age). The "serious" ones, on the other hand - even the guy who lives across the street - never say boo. FI has said that sometimes they're just not paying attention and sometimes he's afraid of swallowing a bug. Apparently it's more of an issue going faster? His "average" speed is somewhere in the 20 - 25 mph range, so I guess that's possible. I really think, at least with him, he's just oblivious since that's the way he goes around the house too!
    2328 days ago
    The super-serious types never seem to say anything and pass you like a deuce in "fun" duathlons. I usually try to stay out of their way and ignore them :)
    2328 days ago
    When i run early in the mornings, I pass a lot of the same people included a big group of bikers. The ones in the back of the pack are the ones that most often wave and say "hi," but I do get an occasional "good morning" from the ones in front, too. It probably helps that I see them semi-regularly. On the other hand, I do see a few other serious bikers out on the streets and they usually at least give a quick, low, two-finger salute, even when they're on the other side of the road. Could just be the particular bikers in your are are extra surly. ;) You should watch the movie "Breaking Away." I'd tell you why, but I wouldn't want to be a spoiler. :-D
    2328 days ago
    I have a really cool bike and I ride pretty well. I just found that bikers don't converse much. They must be in the zone, or groove, or whatever. However, if I run near Denver I find these city runners are not that friendly. I prefer mountain runners because, as amazingly fit as mountain runners are, they are as nice as folks as you will find.

    I tell I like to mess with the "serious" bikers. I can catch most bikers going uphill when I am running. I pass them and holler "On your right!" emoticon

    If you are riding a bike, you are NOT a poser. And don't worry about your classic bike. It ain't the wheels sis - it's the legs!

    Ride on! Run on!


    P.S. I say "Hi" to everybody!

    emoticon emoticon
    2328 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/7/2011 12:39:52 AM
    I'm leaning that way, too. They all just look a little too cool in their very colorful gear on their very nice bikes, it's easy to assume that they're cliquey (sp?), but I think you're right. Some of those dudes FLY down hills that would have me face planting after 5 feet... they're probably watching the road (er.. trail).

    2329 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Perhaps it just takes too much concentration to ride a bike.
    2329 days ago
    I haven't gotten to the cycle part of cross training besides being in spin class, lol. I think it's maybe due to the speed, they can't really say hi fast enough? Just a thought.

    Cute pic!

    2329 days ago
  • AJB121299
    i am thinking that they move to fast to recognize anything but the path in front of them.
    2329 days ago
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