WANT TO KNOW HOW I REALLY FEEL ABOUT THE ARIZONA RACES?
OK, I'VE BEEN A FUNK ALL DAY. Could just be getting back in the swing of work things after a week of racing, but I think it's more. To be perfectly honest...
... I'm ticked!
It started with the 2 second places at the road stage race.
I know what you're thinking.
You should be happy with second.
I have collected an otherworldly amount of 2nd place finishes. It's to the point Surfergirl hesitates to ask...
... yes, it's that freakin' bad.
Of course, I would be thrilled if I didn't think I had a chanceinhell of winning.
But, I won both of those stages 3 years ago. It was pretty much the same guys except for Dougie... and I know his M.O. is to attack and get away. I really screwed it up when I let him get away and gambled on the others chasing him down...
... I mean really screwed that up on the road race.
The subsequent circuit race had a $#!|show ending.
There was nothing I could do about the race official's terrible decision to stop us 2 miles before the sprint vs a lap earlier. I don't think I could have handled it any better than I did. Going from a near standstill, with a target on my back, was difficult...
... it just stung to get pipped at the line.
The icing on the cake, of course, was not listening to my spidersense and rolling with only 20lbs in my rear tire at The Cactus Cup MTB race Saturday. I'm just too much of a charger to pussyfoot it across the rocks.
Instead of a hardearned podium on a tough course against some real MTB ninjas...
... I did a 3 mile walk of shame.
Pushing my bike while my competitors mockingly (in my mind) rushed by, along with every other man, woman and child...
... really. really, really, really stunk.
To add to my pain, I have learned that Mavic, the makers of this fine rear wheel which I have absolutely loved...
... apparently isn't even operating in the US at the moment.
Am I screwed regarding their advertised lifetime warranty????
So, there you have it...
... I'm an angry old man today.
It has nothing to do with disrespecting my competitors and everything to do with...
... my high expectations for myself!
Good thing we received a new shipment of gloves today...
... retail therapy is real, even for me the maker.
Sometimes I wonder if you realize how much I put into every product we develop and sell.
Take these gloves
- 5 iterations until I was satisfied with the fit
- Real leather palm, perforated for breathing
- Heat sensitive thread on the fingertips for operating phone screens
- Stretchy, breathable mesh on the top.
- Fit so good, you'll forget you're wearing them.
And, yes, we can make them for your team... check out the bottom pic
The last pair we made for our friends at Quick N Dirty, promoters of some of my favorite MTB races.
So, yeah, I kept a pair for myself.
Remember, all gloves are buy one get one... just add them to your cart and the discount is automatic at check out.
18 Pull Ups + 16 Power PushUps + 30 Heavy Squats
30 minutes recovery
60 minutes reading + Journaling