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Old 05-16-2018, 09:54 PM   #21
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But to us in the LD riding community, Steve Diederich has just risen to the position of LD God.
40/40ths is truly a great accomplishment. I love to ride but couldn't imagine enjoying that.

But since there can be only one God that would have to be Nick Sanders in my book. What he has done is just insane.

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Old 05-17-2018, 08:57 AM   #22
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Re: 40,000 miles in 40 days

IMHO an amazing feat no matter how you cut it, awe and congrats to Mr Diederich.

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Old 05-17-2018, 12:02 PM   #23
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Those were my first two thoughts.
We had a brief discussion about this run on the Dust Bowl Beemers group, and I surmised that past a certain point, accomplishing such a feat isn't about riding or motorcycles at all. There's something else going on there mentally. Either way, it's a noteworthy accomplishment. But I am curious as to the true psychological drives behind doing it.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:35 PM   #24
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We had a brief discussion about this run on the Dust Bowl Beemers group, and I surmised that past a certain point, accomplishing such a feat isn't about riding or motorcycles at all. There's something else going on there mentally. Either way, it's a noteworthy accomplishment. But I am curious as to the true psychological drives behind doing it.
While I'd not discount the motorcycling aspect completely I do agree that there's likely a lot more than just that involved in motivating the feat.

I see and read about lots of noteworthy accomplishments and invariably share your curiosity about what really drives folks to undertake those .... while at the same time wondering if I'm really capable of ever fully understanding.

Heck, though officiating for 15 years with the CMRA, never having been driven to enter a track as a competitor myself I still don't presume to really understand what motivates folks to participate in that sport (though the 'study' was / is one I find very compelling). My time with, and acutely observing, racers 'up close' has left me with the firm belief that in many cases their drive has relatively little to do with the motorcycles per se; I think that they're often just a 'tool' for satisfying some deeper urge (IMHO more often than the 'casual observer' might think).

For me, just as your comments about this 40/40 ride indicate for you, even recognizing that in no way reduces the noteworthiness of their accomplishments as motorcycle racers / riders.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:41 PM   #25
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Re: 40,000 miles in 40 days

GOOD LAWD...I have done 800 one day, and 5 the next, and I was beat. I can't even imagine 40k. That is just amazing, unthinkable. Just wow.
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We had a brief discussion about this run on the Dust Bowl Beemers group, and I surmised that past a certain point, accomplishing such a feat isn't about riding or motorcycles at all. There's something else going on there mentally. Either way, it's a noteworthy accomplishment. But I am curious as to the true psychological drives behind doing it.
I think that applies to so many things. For example, the Nick Sanders ride around the world appeals to me not one bit, yet Steve's 40K run is something I followed daily.

Why do bull riders strap themselves to the back of an 1,800 pound behemoth?

Why do mountain climbers strive to climb the highest peaks on all the continents?

If scientists could find which gene is ticked "on" to create these behaviors I'm not sure that I would want mine ticked. As of now, I'm content with the occasional 1000 mile or 1500 mile run, but I do appreciate what it takes to do 12,000+ miles in 11 days every two years and I know I don't have that in me.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:57 PM   #27
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Re: 40,000 miles in 40 days

So the circumference of the planet earth is 28000 miles at the equator (give or take if I member) but can't be circumnavigated due to the large bodies of saltwater between the landmasses. One day they will be doing a raid on mars, no water to get in the way there.

Question, what is the equatorial circumference of Mars (none of that kilometer bvllxxxx)?
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Re: 40,000 miles in 40 days

13,263 miles.....
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I just still marvel at the thought of 40 days straight off of work. I seem to find it tough to string together a week off without having to handle work projects.
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Yeah, I don't know what he does for a living, or if he's retired. There seems to be a lot of independent contractors / business owners in the LD community. As for me, I'm still working for The Man, and will be for a while yet.
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Congrats!
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