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Old 10-07-07, 07:04 PM   #1
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Somebody's Gotta Come In Last

Today that somebody was me.

Rode in "The Great River Ride" through the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Got to the ride late. Got a little lost, and pretty soon I was all by myself. So I noodled along on my own through woods and farmland. The trees were glowing with autumn colors. I saw a number of wild turkeys. Even saw a moose, something I never encountered during the six years I lived in New England back in the day.

As I arrived at the first rest stop, a guy was packing up the last of the gatorade and cookies. He told me, with what seemed a bit of an evil grin, "You're last."

"Somebody's gotta be last," I said. I ate a few cookies and a banana and chugged on.

Near the end I met up with a cyclist and was happy to have someone to ride in with. "I got lost," I said by way of explanation for my last-place status.

"I got lost, too" he said. "I'm riding the full century, and I went 20 miles out of my way."

"You lapped me," I told him. "I'm just riding the metric." It seemed to make him feel better.

Anyway, all my life, I never wanted to come in last. And I never did. Until today. And, it was ok. In fact, it wasn't bad at all.
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Old 10-07-07, 07:21 PM   #2
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Sounds like a nice ride, last or not.

The good thing about last is...you don't have to listen to all that "on yer left" crap. Don't ask how I know.
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Old 10-07-07, 07:29 PM   #3
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At leasst you got out. I was all preped for a century today myself - did my training rides last weekend, had my nutrition all laid out and was ready. I had a week long meeting in Houston and came down with a raging head cold on Thursday so here I sit on my arse sneezing and coughing and ticked off because I missed the ride - so I guess I didn't come in at all. I may do a solo century in two weeks if the weather is still warm and I am not sick as a dog.
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Old 10-07-07, 07:35 PM   #4
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I use to coming in at that position and got to liking it.
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Old 10-07-07, 07:36 PM   #5
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Shoulda shaved.
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Old 10-07-07, 07:38 PM   #6
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At leasst you got out. I was all preped for a century today myself - did my training rides last weekend, had my nutrition all laid out and was ready. I had a week long meeting in Houston and came down with a raging head cold on Thursday so here I sit on my arse sneezing and coughing and ticked off because I missed the ride - so I guess I didn't come in at all. I may do a solo century in two weeks if the weather is still warm and I am not sick as a dog.
The weekend wasn't a complete bust, at least you got the "World Naked Bike Ride" posted.
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Old 10-07-07, 08:02 PM   #7
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I would feel some stress if I were actually ahead of someone.
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Old 10-07-07, 08:04 PM   #8
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It had to be the over training!!!
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May I be the one to suggest that last is the new first?
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Old 10-08-07, 06:49 AM   #10
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I know if I had to read the results of an event, I'd start reading backwards, that way I could see my name sooner, at least feel like I was in the "lead pack".
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Old 10-08-07, 07:08 AM   #11
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I got lost on the Elephant Rock Century - I followed a guy who I thought was going to finish. Instead, he was leaving early for an appointment. I ended up about 15 miles off course. Ended up calling the wife for a ride.

Tragically, at almost the exact place I would have been if I had stayed "on course" a bicycler went down and was killed (not by a car, but by hitting her head). I am so glad to have missed that!
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Old 10-08-07, 07:32 AM   #12
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Sounds like a great ride! Don't forget the old saying "Nice guys often finish last"
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Old 10-08-07, 07:52 AM   #13
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I finished last on Saturday on a ride that I organized. O.K., only 7 riders came, but last is still last. They got tired of waiting for me and eventually left me to finish alone, except one guy who kept helping block the head wind most of the way. I owe him.
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Old 10-08-07, 07:54 AM   #14
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If you had been riding the Tour de France you would have gotten an award - the lantern rouge.
Maybe you should now become "Red Jet Travis".
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And you folks wonder why I call myself.........LastPlace...... Been there done that..... Repeatedly.
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Old 10-08-07, 09:23 AM   #16
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I was often lanterne rouge 30 years ago when I rode with Velo Club La Grange, but that never stopped me from enjoying the camaraderie and the ride itself.
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Old 10-08-07, 09:33 AM   #17
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I was often lanterne rouge 30 years ago when I rode with Velo Club La Grange, but that never stopped me from enjoying the camaraderie and the ride itself.
I used to ride with some LaGrange riders 20 years ago, some are still around here.
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Sounds like a nice ride, last or not.

The good thing about last is...you don't have to listen to all that "on yer left" crap. Don't ask how I know.
I provided sag support in my Mercury during the Blue Water Ramble ride at St Clair MI/Canada yesterday, about 1200+ riders, and if I hear "on yer left" one more time, someone's getting hurt ...

This thread reminds me of two things:
* In an Army class of seven non-commissioned officers (aka Sergeants), we created a motto because of the difficulty of the physics and math, to kind of put things in perspective: "What happens to the student with the lowest score? He graduates".
* The last two riders in yesterday's BWR ride ... riding together ... were two hours behind schedule, but it looked like they were still having fun. If anything, their ride was void of a few hundred "on yer lefts".
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Sounds like you had a great day.
(some would say you should get a white bike)
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Don't worry some days just don't work out the way you planned. For example: Sat. ride over to join a group ride(50 miles) and got the time wrong an was an hour early. Beautiful day and a large group of 25 riders. Got a phone call from a gal who was stuck in traffic and would we wait? So we start 15 min late, no big deal, but while I am standing talking to someone and my left foot clipped in I shifted my weight and could not get clipped out. Fell over at 0 mph in front of 20+ riders. Twisted my knee and my claf was screaming but I could not back out after that.

Things got only a little bit better. Hot as heck and humid. One rider got caught in the dreaded chip seal shoulder gravel and went down. Very fortunate as he and the bike slid under a barb wire fence. When we got back and I tried to unclip, nothing. Could not get out. Clip was stuck or something. Grabbed on to a chain link fence to stop. Ended up taking the shoe off while attached to the pedal and found that a cleat screw was gone and the other was loose. Got that fixed enough to finish 12 miles to home. On the way home a dirver nearly ran me down. 2" clearance if that. So you are not the only one with a so-so day.

Better days ahead.
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Old 10-08-07, 11:02 AM   #21
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My grandaddy always told me, "If you're on a good road, you're not lost!"
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Old 10-08-07, 11:51 AM   #22
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One of the reasons I started racing many years ago- was that I felt that if you want to have a winner- then he has to be able to beat someone. I had achieved a lot in previous sports I had participated in so felt that Going out and race- would be one way I could put something into cycling.

OK- I came last for a long time- but only up against the other vets and super vets I was racing against. There were still people I did beat that were in other classes that were put into the same start group as us- so perhaps it doesn't count.

And As I generraly found out- You know that when the tail end Charlie comes in- The organisors can start packing up and go home.
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Old 10-08-07, 08:55 PM   #23
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My wife and I tend to get lost so often that we call it "having an adventure" since we are going to get to see someplace/thing we wouldn't have otherwise
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Old 10-09-07, 07:31 AM   #24
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I sure hope you weren't wearing a 50+ jersey!
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