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'Go Sober challenge' dilemma

briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 6,361
edited October 2014 in The cake stop
So, how should I phrase it? A friend asks me if I'll sponsor them for the "Go Sober Challenge". If it really is a challenge, should I be suggesting that their relationship with alcohol might be rather too intimate, and they'd be better off asking for professional guidance? Or if they can stop easily, should I point out that it's not really a challenge then?

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  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 23,718 Lives Here
    Politely decline, but offer to buy them a drink.
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    I'm doing it. Because I drink FAR too much. Was suggested by my doc and my coach. Otherwise I'd just think eff it and reach for the booze.
    You're right though. It's a challenge to me due to my relationship with booze. Otherwise it's not really a challenge is it?
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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 6,361
    I guess that if it prompts someone to reassess their relationship with alcohol, I shouldn't grumble. But when one hears how much they are looking forward to the end of the month so that they can return to their abusive/abused friend, the last thing I am going to do is sponsor them.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,736
    ffs, don't let matth see this thread - he'll have a bloody coronary.
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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 6,361
    Oh, and good for you, NapD. Sometimes a spur is needed to make a life-changing decision.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,523
    I had a malt whilst considering my participation.

    I concluded that I couldn't be bothered participating, nor sponsoring.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 19,096
    ffs, don't let matth see this thread - he'll have a bloody coronary.

    :lol:

    I have considered it and if my final assignment had been due on the 1st of November I would have honestly done it, but as its due next Friday - there is a whole load of drinking to catch up on :)
  • When I get plagued weekly in work to sponsor some plump middle aged lady I barely know to waddle round 5k then a month off booze seems quite a feat in comparison.
  • overlord2overlord2 Posts: 336
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.
  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 19,096
    overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.

    It's all about the training, you can't ride 200 miles without it and you can't combine it with a skin full without it :)
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 44,592
    matthew h wrote:
    overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.

    It's all about the training, you can't ride 200 miles without it and you can't combine it with a skin full without it :)
    If you did a 'Go Sober' challenge we could probably eliminate world poverty with the sponsorship money :wink:
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  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 19,096
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    matthew h wrote:
    overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.

    It's all about the training, you can't ride 200 miles without it and you can't combine it with a skin full without it :)
    If you did a 'Go Sober' challenge we could probably eliminate world poverty with the sponsorship money :wink:

    What about those working in the alcohol industry who's jobs would be affected
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 44,592
    matthew h wrote:
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    matthew h wrote:
    overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.

    It's all about the training, you can't ride 200 miles without it and you can't combine it with a skin full without it :)
    If you did a 'Go Sober' challenge we could probably eliminate world poverty with the sponsorship money :wink:

    What about those working in the alcohol industry who's jobs would be affected
    True, we don't want a spike in umployment so soon before a general election.
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  • overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.

    I did my first century a couple of months back, after drinking 2 bottles of wine the night before.

    Admittedly it was slow and painful!
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    barrowmatt wrote:
    overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.

    I did my first century a couple of months back, after drinking 2 bottles of wine the night before.

    Admittedly it was slow and painful!

    Indeed, when it's every night its the norm. I've even had some good race results this year, funnily enough mainly in evening races...
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,540
    For the OP, why not just agree to sponsor them but ask if they'll reciprocate as you are taking part too.
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  • ukiboyukiboy Posts: 891
    overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.

    Alternatively, how about just doing a 20 mile week; then you can hit your quota of ten pints a day :D
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  • The trick is not to mix the grape and the grain. One of the worst days of my life on a bike was due to whisky after red wine the previous evening. I thought I was going to die, and halfway through I was praying I would.

    But a few drinks before a ride, or the night before? No problem.

    This stoptober thing is made up by puritans. Tell 'em you're not interested. Or ask them if they would like to sponsor your drinking :wink:
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  • bianchimoonbianchimoon Posts: 3,942
    The trick is not to mix the grape and the grain. One of the worst days of my life on a bike was due to whisky after red wine the previous evening. I thought I was going to die, and halfway through I was praying I would.

    But a few drinks before a ride, or the night before? No problem.

    This stoptober thing is made up by puritans. Tell 'em you're not interested. Or ask them if they would like to sponsor your drinking :wink:

    Spot on if I drink beer and whiskey I'm fine next day, beer and wine .. Ouch
    Moderation, enjoy, days off the booze ride as much poss life's to short to spend it worrying
    All lies and jest..still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest....
  • type:epyttype:epyt Posts: 766
    Would you sponsor someone not to catch an STD? Likely not.
    Life is unfair, kill yourself or get over it.
  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 19,096
    type:epyt wrote:
    Would you sponsor someone not to catch an STD? Likely not.

    depends, if they were a chav and it would make them infertile - I could be doing the world a favour
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,523
    overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.
    You sir, require more training.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • So, how should I phrase it? A friend asks me if I'll sponsor them for the "Go Sober Challenge". If it really is a challenge, should I be suggesting that their relationship with alcohol might be rather too intimate, and they'd be better off asking for professional guidance? Or if they can stop easily, should I point out that it's not really a challenge then?
    Just sponsor him you tight git.
    Tail end Charlie

    The above post may contain traces of sarcasm or/and bullsh*t.
  • overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.
    I've done 200+ miles in a day on the back of several pints of real ale the evening before. Man up. :D
    Tail end Charlie

    The above post may contain traces of sarcasm or/and bullsh*t.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 40,736
    overlord2 wrote:
    I dont know how people can do an endurance sport and drink a lot. Last thing I want to have is a skin full of beer on the back of a week riding 200 miles.
    I've done 200+ miles in a day on the back of several pints of real ale the evening before. Man up. :D

    So that's why you are called Frank the tank - you always tank up before a ride.
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  • briantrumpetbriantrumpet Posts: 6,361
    Hmm, not quite sure I was intending this to be a list of people's drinking exploits... but do carry on.
  • In days of yore, didn't they used to drink wine in the TdF to "anaesthetise" themselves from the pain of a climb? Therefore, drinking a skinful the night before makes perfect sense to me.
  • simonheadsimonhead Posts: 1,399
    I got an email from someone i only sort of know doing it. It was a group email with about 30 others included so wrote the following response:

    Many thanks for your request for sponsorship, so i can gauge how much i should donate could you answer the following questions:

    What is your average daily consumption in units:
    Why do you drink?
    How long have you been on this path of self destruction?
    Does your partner (if applicable) know you have a problem?
    Do you drink on your own?

    Would you like me to send you the details of AA?

    I got the response:
    F*** Off, i only drink occasionally when I am out, its for a good cause!
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 14,523
    simonhead wrote:
    I got the response:
    F*** Off, i only drink occasionally when I am out, its for a good cause!
    0/10 of effort on his part.
    0/10 of contribution on your part.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • GiraffotoGiraffoto Posts: 2,078
    So, how should I phrase it? A friend asks me if I'll sponsor them for the "Go Sober Challenge". If it really is a challenge, should I be suggesting that their relationship with alcohol might be rather too intimate, and they'd be better off asking for professional guidance? Or if they can stop easily, should I point out that it's not really a challenge then?

    If your friend is a Muslim it's reasonable to suspect he's taking the p!$$.
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