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Thread: Freezing Saddles 2015 ~ At Least Yer Not in Kiev, Comrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    Believe me, when you ride your bike 10 miles out of your way, at lunch, to take a picture of some statue in an obscure corner of the city in 8F/20mph wind and then ride back to your office to post the picture only to find that someone beat you by 10 min. That's the real fun.
    No, it's not.

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    Maybe I should join the slackers so I can reset my mileage so I can completely sandbag FS16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve O View Post
    I think the Slackers team should be limited to previous FS participants only. The existence of such a team is causing confusion. Riders who post even 50 points a week, but are out there more than they would have been because of FS are the whole reason we put this whole silly thing together in the first place. They should be on a team.
    Newbies cannot be slackers; if they want to slack, they shouldn't bother joining at all. The Slackers team is a way for previously hard-core players to give themselves a break.


    Personally, I don't like the existence of a slackers team. Since much of the placement will be random, it's kind of moot. If you cannot control your urge to go riding because you are such a highly driven, psychopathic, competitive maniac, that seems to be your problem. We shouldn't modify the game just for you.
    I kind of agree with this. A Slackers team shouldn't even really be on the team leaderboards - maybe it would be better called "Ex-Participants" or "Observers" or something.

    If you end up not riding as much as you expect/hope/estimate, no big deal. It's supposed to be a friendly competition, and no one is seriously being let down.

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    Newbie?

    I'm a n00b.
    Rod is 1337.

    and the cake is a lie.

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    This is so fantastic. I'm brand-new to the forum (hey, folks) and found out about this through WABA's Women & Bicycles group. I just sold my car (!) and was starting to doubt my sanity for doing so right at the start of winter... But I'm psyched that this competition's gonna help me plow through those chilly commutes and brave the weekend rides, too. Just gotta remember to start turning Strava on again.

    Thanks in advance to all you fine planning people and whatnot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbb View Post
    Actually more in the algebraic sense with x being the unknown. Friday Coffee Cyclocross would make it too hard for me to enjoy my scone!
    Remember- Scone handups are *not* a crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tawdryaudre View Post
    ...I just sold my car (!) and was starting to doubt my sanity for doing so right at the start of winter...
    First, welcome to the forum. Second, please do not think that the existence of Freezing Saddles shows that you're sane. It actually shows you're definitely NOT sane, but that you share your brand of insanity with a ton of other people.

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    I was on the Slacker team last year and I believe we actually did mange the lantern rouge.

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    I'm fine with the existence of a Slackers team, but there does seem to be a lot of confusion surrounding it amongst newbies. Anyone have a quick explanation? Or should there be a line added to the registration page that discourages newbies from being Slackers?

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    Slacker team exists. It's done. And there is a lot of support for it.

    The first year we played, I was riding my handicap and my gung ho team mates gave me a lot of MERDE for not riding more. There is a reason for the slacker team. Not everyone wants to be part of that competitive nuttiness - but they still like playing the reindeer games. If you dont want to be on the slacker team, fine. Dont be on the slacker team. But the people who were on it last year enjoyed being part of FS without dealing with macho BS and demands to ride when the weather is dangerous.

    That said, the game is set; consensus has been called. As John said, its time to shut up and sign up.

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