Tuesday evening (July 18th) I am going out for a ride with someone who will be one of my new graduate students in the Fall. Normally I wouldn't sweat this, but this guy is not your typical rider. Even though he claims that he is WAY out of shape and 30 pounds too heavy I am very wary. In 2003 he was living in Australia and was asked by Robbie McEwen (yes, the Green Jersey wearing Robbie McEwen) to be on a four man team for a stage race in the Brisbane area. I'm thinking that I am getting in WAY over my head on this one. I know that he has been riding because I have run into him on the road (going the opposite way) twice in the last few weeks. He has been saying things like "I'm really out of shape and I'm afraid you will leave me in the dust" but I'm thinking that is like the guys that go into the weight room claiming that they haven't lifted in years and then do reps on the highest weight on the machine. If you don't hear from me next Wednesday please notify my next of kin that I am probably dead on the side of the road.