Have any of you ever had one of those days whenever things just seemed to come together? Today was one of those days for me. I had been fighting with goat heads and broken spokes for weeks and finally decided to upgrade my wheels. I replaced my Alexrims DC-19 with some Shimano wheels and flat spokes. The Shimano wheels are quite a bit lighter but I didnít expect them to make a lot of difference. However today instead of feeling like a Rottweiler running with a pack of Foxhounds I felt like the fox. I stayed with the lead riders for the first 25 miles and then started to fade a bit on a long grade. After the road flattened out a bit I started to pull back to the lead group and then I could see we were coming to a short but rather steep hill. I hate hills. Then a miracle happened I caught them just as they reached the top of the hill. Yes I was sucking air and yes I had given it all I had but I was with them and we were about to run down a grade of at least 2 miles. Down hill my weight doesnít cost me like it does on a climb so I managed to catch the two leaders and stayed with them till the next long grade. Yes they started to drop me but I was third getting to the coffee shop and I was on their back wheel pulling into the parking lot. Do I believe they cut me some slack during the ride? Sure but I still felt like great at the end of the ride. Could it be the wheels?