Just got back from Nyack. The Hamer Droped today, average speed by mile 25 was 24.1 mph, and that included several dead stops at traffic lights. Saw Cat 3 Ben from West Point who says hello to KP even though he's not sure he remembers him. That's class. I asked him if he'd be training in Baghdad in a Stars and Stripes jersey if he is deployed there. Alas, no. WP Ben did finish in the top 5 today, but the usual suspect (43 year old former Turkish Nat'l Team member) Luke topped Hook Mtn. first. PCad was 10th or so. Big pack, 60+ guys @ the start.
But I digress. The REAL point of this thread is making your excuses sound good when you get shelled. We had Mike Gisler, the perpetual NJ TT Cup points leader (arguably the fastest guy in NJ, ergo one of the fastest amateur guys in the whole USA) on the ride. I told Mike it was EXCELLENT to have him on these rides, because I can always say 'yeah I got dropped by the fastest guy in NJ'. Mike turns to me and says 'But Pete, what do I say when I get dropped?'. I replied 'Then you're F'd Mikey'. We nodded in agreement.
Which underscores something every racer has learned over the years: sooner or later EVERYBODY gets shelled.