• Masters Doping – NorCal Peanut Gallery Genius

    by  • April 13, 2011 • norcal scene, opinionate • 7 Comments

    Every once and a while an article comment is so good I have to make it into it’s own article.  Our comments feature kind of blows, and one day we will get it fixed, but I like to highlight smart, but mostly stupid, comments we get from our Peanut Gallery.  The post I am highlighting today was one of the smart ones.

    After our NorCal local num-nut got suspended by the USADA, and then consequently, Peter Cannell was given mandatory time off, comments on masters doping rolled in more frequently than in the past.  We all know it’s a tricky situation… most likely we know somebody (and know them well) thats doing it, but it is so hard to say if it’s anybody good or if they are just mediocre.  Suffice it to say the offenders probably cross the spectrum.  There is no money for extensive testing, and yet, a person’s willingness to dope for a race with $200 in prize money seems pathological and pathetic.  Paul D. chimed in with a post which i think summed up a great, healthy, well articulated NorCal attitude and mirrored some of my own thoughts on the subject.  I am putting it up here so it gets a broader read.  Reprinted here with Paul D’s permission.

    Based on the notion that the main object of life is to be a happy fella or gal — in a dahlia lama balanced and inner-peaceful kind of way — perhaps the saddest part of amateur doping is that it is a recipe for true unhappiness for those who do it.

    There is nothing more satisfying than putting in an honest off-season’s work to better oneself, and to see the results of that effort bare themselves out on race courses the following spring. This certainly doesn’t mean winning all the time. Winning isn’t really the result that matters. It’s about enjoying the daily process of effort and truly knowing that you did the best you could.

    But amateur doping — which must always be done out of some starting place of negative emotions like fear, low self esteem or greed — will never allow the racer to experience that honest inner satisfaction. The doper will always have that secret to hide, along with the lingering question of how much of their result was really “them” vs. the drugs.

    I guess that’s why I’m not actually angry at any of these amateur cheaters. In fact, I actually feel sort of bad for them, not only because I know that they’re suffering inside (thus the reason they doped in the first place), but also because they don’t have the wisdom to recognize that their cheating will do nothing but make them even unhappier in the end.

    And being unhappy in life is a lot worse than finishing last in a bike race, if you ask me.

    That is wisdom at its best.




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    7 Responses to Masters Doping – NorCal Peanut Gallery Genius

    1. Emory Ball
      April 13, 2011 at

      Having raced against Cannell most of the 2009 season (I recently moved from NC), I have to say he was one of the most arrogant people I have ever met much less raced against. How he could derive any enjoyment his results much less the gloating he did about them and his performances is a mystery to me.

      I listen to him expound once on how he would toy with others in the race before riding off for the win and that humiliation and domination was what he wanted not just the win. Having been on the receiving end of his performances I don’t feel any sympathy for him. I would like the extra winnings he owes me from the few races I finished behind him in the money.

      The people I feel bad for are people like my team mate who worked very hard to win a masters race before he stopped racing and came up second allot, at least once against Cannell, I guess my teammate “won” that race but there is no real joy in being awarded a “win” a year and half later.

    2. Paul D
      April 13, 2011 at

      Hi Emory, I hope you don’t mind me offering an additional thought or two on this…

      In my view the first part of your comment is in support of mine: that those who cheat do so out of negative, unhappy emotions. And if Cannell taunts other racers as you’ve described (I’ve no reason to doubt it), it’s even more evidence that he’s an unhappy guy inside.

      As with any of us, treating others badly tends to draw out negative reactions from the victim, which ends up being self defeating because it just makes the originator’s suffering worse as the recipient of the backlash.

      Further, feeling compassion for unhappy people — even those who do direct harm to us — does not diminish the wrongs they’ve done or the need for firm punishment. But approaching them and any corrective action with some level of compassion for their suffering does help us insulate ourselves from becoming unhappy in the process.

      To my way of thinking, while getting pissed and feeling ripped off is understandable in the short run, it’s also not worth the trouble in the long run, because when we react in a negative way, we end up becoming part of the problem — and make ourselves less happy in the process.

      Other people can do whatever they want. But each of us are in 100% total control over our reactions and what actually bothers us inside.

      That’s pretty liberating, you ask me.

      … Hope this doesn’t come off as some kind of self righteous lecture. I def don’t mean it that way, and I have a ways to go before I can claim to practice what I preach all of the time in life.

    3. April 13, 2011 at

      damn hippie

    4. Emory Ball
      April 13, 2011 at

      Nope not self righteous at all.

      I was honestly quite pissed off when I first heard but reality I figured that Cannell really didn’t matter to me in the long run. I don’t really feel compassion for him, I don’t really feel anything for him to be honest. I feel more compassion for those that he robbed of their chances.

      I see what your saying tho.

    5. sluggo
      April 13, 2011 at

      As I said elsewhere, we’ll continue never having known who this guy was. All TT titles = 1 trick pony.

      Sorry you guys had to endure this type.

    6. Emory Ball
      April 14, 2011 at

      Actually one of his national championships was a road race win, and he won plenty of crits and road races.

    7. jesus chong
      May 17, 2011 at

      no drugs here….move along…..why would master’s use????????


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