I know my attitude is everything and I really need to move past this negativism. But I can't help it yet and shall vent some on here!
Saturday. Short Road Race. Cat 4/5 mixed 67 riders (I'm a 4 - 3 pts away from upgrading and getting consistent good results - pretty damn sure I would have won this). 2 miles into the race, first hill, no1 respects the yellow line rule, including myself. This one imbecile decides he also wants to get on the left and overtake some riders so he simply swerves 10 ft to his left with no regard for his line! Dumbass. Hit my front brand new 46mm carbon wheel and broke 3 spokes. He went on. My race was done. I didn't go down at least.
After all the dedication, training, and sacrifices, this dumbass buttmunch does something this stupid. I had friends there, my mom was there, I was feeling good. I had all this energy and couldn't even ride but 7 miles (including warm up).
I understand this stuff happens, crashes happen, I was lucky, and so on. But it's particularly frustrating because what he did was insanely stupid.
So after the race I talked to him, showed him my wheel, went over the facts, talked to officials, semi argued without losing my temper. I guess it's all pointless. I got his information but don't think he is going to even offset any of my financial setbacks - or if that's customary. And he's definitely not going to make us go back in time and not interfere on my race. Pissed.
What do you think?
Anyway. Glad I got the protection plan for the wheels. Looks like I will have to already use up the 1 replacement front I got for 2 yrs! The rim didn't crack but LBS tells me once it gets so warped (3 spokes broke on same side), the carbon rim is done.