A few more reasons why I love Cycling
It’s spring break for my kids this week and my sister flew out from New York with her kids to hang with us and go skiing up at Tahoe. I had warned her that the day after they flew in I had a bike race and they could come and watch if they want or go hit the slopes. When I started racing 2 years ago my family went with me, but the novelty of watching daddy be a nervous wreck has warn off, so I’ve been going solo to the races. As fate would have it I came down with a cold a few days before the race. As Sunday approached I was looking for a way out of doing the race. My wife & Sister’s response was to give me a hard time….”we flew 3,000 miles to watch this race your better win”…. I feel like crap, this is my second race at Expert class, I can’t even imagine doing the 3 laps.
Sunday 6am the Alarm goes off and I’m actually asleep. My throat is killing me, all I want to do is go back to sleep. My wife usually gets real pissed off at me for riding when I don’t feel well but NOOOOO, not today. “ You’ll feel fine once you get going, it will be fun”.
So I get to the race site and try to put my new race bike (Soulcraft) on the trainer. Surprise…the rear detailer cable housing is blocking where I would attach the trainer. Great, I hate warming up, so I spin around the parking lot.
Start time, and the entire family have all arrived. They start all Experts together…3… 2 … 1.. GO! The beginning is flat and I’m going to draft anyone I can. We go past the crowd “go Daddy. Go uncle Rick” great more pressure
I do my first lap and realize that regardless of how crappie I feel I can still ride at a reasonable pace and that if I can avoid blowing up I’ll do OK. Somewhere after the first lap I catch up to my friend Roger_, who I met through the passion board. He is on his SS and can only spin so fast on this flat course. I get into his draft, catch my breath and say “ god you’re sexy when you’re muddy!” One of the best parts of the race for me, kidding around with a friend during a race! Roger_ lets me pass him and then had a chance to watch me pick all the bad lines and over break through the single-track.
Onto lap 3, I know I’m ahead of a few people in the fossil class (40-49), and there cant be more then 5-8 people in my class, so I’m pretty sure I have a shot at getting on the podium. I know this would make the day for the family. My legs start to cramp big time half way through the last lap…spin spin…almost done. The finish line is in site I go through the timer and see my time 2:05. 2 minutes slower then the last time I did the race. Amazing! You feel horrible and it only adds up 2 minutes slower. I couldn’t believe it. Roger_finshed right after me (he would have been WAY ahead if he had gears). My family runs over to congratulate me and then I head to the car for my Endurox and mass dosage of vitamin C.
The Awards started right away, and I still have no idea how I placed. They finally get to my class, they call out third place, don’t recognize him, 2nd place, I KNOW I passed him! I WON! They call my name, my family goes crazy. MY sister just finished going through a real nasty divorce, starts crying! Unbelievable! I honestly could not believe it. Thanks you to all the really fast people in my class for not showing up, you made me look like a stud for the day! Here are some pic’s
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