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Old 04-26-08, 04:06 PM   #1
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The Good The Bad The Ugly

The Good:
I raced. I was asked to go to the front and help pull the break away back in. I went to the front did a monster pull (which is relative, I know) and even bridged a gap to another break that was going. Then I was toast. I was commended by the team later. Made me feel good.

The Bad:
I hurt beyond any hurt I've experienced this year. I know speeds don't mean much to most. Mainly, because of the course layout, wind, etc. But to me it was exceptional. I looked down and our average was a bit over 25mph and that was close to mile 50 of 70 in the race. The surges were ungodly. Bridging gaps of dropped riders was a nightmare. Then the pain started to get worse. I was on my third and final bottle of fluid, but it clearly wasn't enough for me. I expended more energy than I ever have this year. I began to cramp hard 10 miles from the finish and watched the field go bye-bye.

Now The UGLY:
My frame (SL-1) is cracked at the bottom bracket. The course was rough and I first started hearing a little rattle and immediately thought of my brother botto. Did I tighten my skewer enough. I remember doing it. Then when I stood to climb ... Pop Pop Pop. WTF is that? It got to me mentally. It grated on me - which is horrible when you already redlining. I got back to the car and the entire circumference of the left side of the BB is cracked.

Side notes:
Our team placed in the money. Little money. I got a free lunch.
I learned a lot. My team was able to see what I could do - very little I could do. I could see what I could do too. Where I need to improve and where I'm good. Overall I'm very happy.
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Old 04-26-08, 04:13 PM   #2
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warranty that mofo asap.
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Old 04-26-08, 04:16 PM   #3
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warranty that mofo asap.
I'm already on it.
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Old 04-26-08, 04:28 PM   #4
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And delete this thread. Congratulations! Where was it?
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hey man way to dig deep. apparently your weak frame is no match for your superhuman strength. you racing Dilworth?
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Old 04-26-08, 04:37 PM   #6
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hey man way to dig deep. apparently your weak frame is no match for your superhuman strength. you racing Dilworth?
Working at the race. Our team sponsors it.
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Old 04-26-08, 05:17 PM   #7
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Good effort. How large were the fields?
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Good effort. How large were the fields?
I'm not sure. In a haze of pain and effort I guessed around 9000 guys - all ahead of me.
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Good job!

This really is a team sport. Enjoy doing your part for the team. Someday they will do it for you.
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racing = fun
winning = more fun
racing and winning as a team = awesome

good job doing your part. some of my race performances that I'm most proud of were on domestique duty where I finished OTB or as pack fodder.
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Good job laying it down for the team and digging so deep. Condolences on the frame.

Back off topic, on loose skewers, I file the tabs off my forks. I only have to adjust a skewer if I service the hub.
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Way to hammer for the team. Its way more fun than if you had just sat in and finished in the pack. Also, races like this make you stronger.
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Old 04-26-08, 10:56 PM   #13
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Racing for the team (and preferably having a teammate do well) is way more rewarding than going out and doing o.k. yourself.
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Old 04-27-08, 06:02 AM   #14
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Good job laying it down for the team and digging so deep. Condolences on the frame.

Back off topic, on loose skewers, I file the tabs off my forks. I only have to adjust a skewer if I service the hub.
Yeah, I file the lawyer tabs off too. I think the rattling was a combination of the BB and the wheel settling later in the race. Because when I got home - no rattle. But the BB is clearly cracked.
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Um, I'm hurting pretty bad today. I like it sort of. But, good lord, I feel old.
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The Good:
I raced. I was asked to go to the front and help pull the break away back in. I went to the front did a monster pull (which is relative, I know) and even bridged a gap to another break that was going. Then I was toast. I was commended by the team later. Made me feel good.

The Bad:
I hurt beyond any hurt I've experienced this year. I know speeds don't mean much to most. Mainly, because of the course layout, wind, etc. But to me it was exceptional. I looked down and our average was a bit over 25mph and that was close to mile 50 of 70 in the race. The surges were ungodly. Bridging gaps of dropped riders was a nightmare. Then the pain started to get worse. I was on my third and final bottle of fluid, but it clearly wasn't enough for me. I expended more energy than I ever have this year. I began to cramp hard 10 miles from the finish and watched the field go bye-bye.

Now The UGLY:
My frame (SL-1) is cracked at the bottom bracket. The course was rough and I first started hearing a little rattle and immediately thought of my brother botto. Did I tighten my skewer enough. I remember doing it. Then when I stood to climb ... Pop Pop Pop. WTF is that? It got to me mentally. It grated on me - which is horrible when you already redlining. I got back to the car and the entire circumference of the left side of the BB is cracked.

Side notes:
Our team placed in the money. Little money. I got a free lunch.

I learned a lot. My team was able to see what I could do - very little I could do. I could see what I could do too. Where I need to improve and where I'm good. Overall I'm very happy.
I can relate.
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Old 04-27-08, 04:54 PM   #17
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Ouch. Sounds like a painful day. Let us know how the frame warranty goes...
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Old 04-27-08, 06:42 PM   #18
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Sorry to hear about your frame... I love that race, but man it was tough get away... and even tougher to stay there. Your team had a lot of guys out there... BenF finished top 10 too didn't he? I didn't know he was old enough to race with us geezers. LOL
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Sorry to hear about your frame... I love that race, but man it was tough get away... and even tougher to stay there. Your team had a lot of guys out there... BenF finished top 10 too didn't he? I didn't know he was old enough to race with us geezers. LOL
Barely old enough. The dude is a sprinting machine.
Hopefully next year I'll be able to hang on for the whole thing. After bridging to someone on Hincapie/Coke, then Ryan, I was abso-fricken-lutely destroyed.

I forgot to mention that I "got yelled at." By my manager. When I got to the front, I didn't realize that the Hincapie/Coke team had someone in the break. So when Ryan let me in the front, I got yelled at to go around and chase. Best. Time. Evar.
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Sounds like a lot of fun. Way to take one for the team. Nice report!
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