CHASE GROUPS SHOULD ALWAYS SUCCED, but they fail often.
Work groups should always succeed, but they fail often... too.
We should have caught the leaders on Friday, and we definitely shouldn't have let one guy get away on Saturday.
But we didn't, then we did. And we got beat.
Most of didn't know each other.
One team had 5 guys working together with one leader and a coordinated effort.
Their guy won.
MY BROTHER-IN-LAW MIKE IS A PHYSICIAN. He taught me to race clean. And, man-oh-man does it feel great!
I don't know why I ever raced or rode dirty. But, I did for many years.
Now, I'm a kinda lean racing machine. Which means this morning I got up early, pedaled over to the campground showers and gave my engine a good scrub down. Next, got back to the RV and grabbed the Lemon Pledge and shined up my chassis.
That's what Mike taught me, and he's a doctor.
You don't race dirty do you?
Got 7th today.
I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S MY ANNUAL MANCATION, but 4 out 25 years is something... and two years in a row could be a trend.
The Sea Otter Cycling Classic is giant. It's displaced Interbike for new product releases. There is every kind of bike event imaginable. So, everybody makes the migration. That's the business end.
But, I like the silly end.
Reliving Matt's back to back Cat 5 road race wins.
The constant kidding and ripping on each other.
Here's a sample of how serious we take Sea Otter... Andy's virgin run on the ROLL... it never ends.
MIKE PUTS TOGETHER A SPREAD OF EVERYBODY'S DATA AT THE END OF THE YEAR. I'm not sure how I got on the list or even why he does it, but it's pretty cool to see the year to year changes.
The last 4 years are remarkably consistent.
I give myself about about 10 hours a week. The miles and average speed picked up a lot in the last year as I've ridden more on the road. I've dropped from 6 days a week to 5 because I"m a little burned out and I need the recovery time. It looks like I've cut back on my climbing a bit, think that's been the shift to road more.
Is it time to change things up?