I recently posted this in a forum thread about randonneuring:
"I will help anyone start participating in randonneuring, but there is so
much potential for suffering that I would never try to recruit anyone
into randonneuring. I have ridden myself to the verge of tears more
than once, and probably will again. "Epic is not a synonym for stupid""
Funny thing is, I wasn't thinking of Endless Mountains. I got a little anxious about time during EM, but never really felt miserable. I have more to say about this and what I think beginning randonneurs need to know. That's a post for another time.