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Being your own sports fan is ultimately selfish, a concept I have trouble with. I’m a giver. While I don’t blame my teammates, friends and readers, it’s the exposure to so many facets of cycling that’s given me cycling ADD. I’ve consistently found myself dipping into every facet of the sport, sometimes at the same time. This spring I’ve built trails, raced a 4+ hour cyclocross death march with no set course, attempted a 6 hour mountain bike race and raced criteriums. In the past 3 months, I’ve raced every bike I own! It's not Jimmy that has cycling ADD. It's me.
Check out your Facebook today. No doubt there’s plenty-o-blab about the Ault Park crit Wednesday, the Ohio State Masters Road Race championships on Saturday, the Tower Park mountain bike race and the Hyde Park Blast and Madeira Criteriums. Like Hugh Grant and call girls, I feel like I need to do them all. Then a video of Jimmy in a toga sheet outfit, a wise-man beard and the queer sunglasses popped in my head, “Be your own sports fan.” Yes Jimmy. You're my Shepard Fairey and I will OBEY.
It’s not crazy to do what you want to do. I think of my buddy Andy training toward the Lake Placid Ironman, Murray on the cusp of RAAM, and Chad laying sweet tread at Devou Park’s new mountain bike trails. They’re doing their own thing, enjoying themselves, being their own sports fans and, in a non-psychopathic way, winning in their own minds like Charlie Sheen.
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What do you want to do Joe? I wanna have fun and adventure wise-man Jimmy! I’m tired of clocking hill repeats and logging hours. Now that things are dry, I want to ride some sweet trails on the mountain bike I got in January but have ridden only 4 or 5 times. I’m mountain bike race fit and even though it’s on the weekend of the two biggest criteriums in Cincinnati, I’ve never been to Lake Hope and that OMBC race sounds like fun and adventure. Then I want to take a break from competition in July, run with my Ipod and maybe do that Iffy Ride and go for a swim afterward. Is that a problem? Not if you’re your own sports fan.