08 February, 2011

Special Needs

Well, it has been a little bit since my last post, so I figured it is time for another.

Not much has been happening on the mountain biking front in the last couple weeks.  I have been spending a lot of time on the Kinetic torture device in the basement.  I am very ready to get outside.  I also tore apart the Superfly down to the frame.  So now I can order some new parts.  I hope I can get it back together before Yankee.

Now, on to the main topic of this post, which is people with special needs.  Now, this isn't the politically correct usage to refer to those folks with disabilities.  No, I am referring to the people in the forums, specifically MMBA.org.

There has been a lot of complaining lately from a vocal few about their treatment in these forum.  There have even been other blog posts complaining.  Apparently, "kid gloves" need to be worn at all time to cater to these people, and their special needs.

These are the people that come into a thread on page 24 and have such insightful comments such as "I didn't read the whole thread, but I have a question" and then proceed to ask the very same question that has been asked on EVERY page of the thread.  If they don't get the response they are looking for, apparently it becomes the MMBA attacking them personally, kicking their dog, and pissing in their Cheerios.

Now I know several lines of text here aren't going to change any of this.  The people that believe they are different, and require special treatment will always feel this way.  Those that cry for attention, will always have another reason to shout from the hill tops about their mistreatment.  The ones that know everything will return to snidely comment after the fact that they were right all along.  It is apparently up to the "core" group of volunteers to ensure the happiness of every member of the board, not just every MMBA member, but even those that are barely capable of getting past the Captcha to utilize their clever online moniker.

 In happier news, this is the final week of my 5 week binge period.  I have gained roughly 10 pounds in that time.  This is the most I have weighed since last August.  This coincides with the date that I vowed to drop weight and ride faster after a disappointing finish at the Stony Creek TT.  I most likely no longer meet my goal of "Race weight" by Yankee Springs.

Starting next week, I am going to dial back the calories.  I have a conservative plan for this, as I think going from a huge calorie excess to a deficit would to crazy things to me.  I hope to dial back faster than the plan, but it will depend on how I feel going from eating ~500 calories at a time, 6 times a day to more reasonable amounts.  Right now I eat more calories before lunch than I did in an entire day 2 months ago.

Now, if you will excuse me, it is time for second breakfast...


  1. Nice, Jon. :-) Funny, because I think it is the person whose blog you linked who is one of those very people who doesn't put forth much effort to finding information that is already there.

  2. You are just another one of the MMBA illuminati. Drink your kool-aid!

  3. The sad part is that I AM trying to be nice to these people.

  4. 10 Pounds.....that has to be like 15% of your total weight....

  5. It is a 6.7% increase in weight.