cyclinfool, AJ, and AzTR, glad to see that all of you dug deep this past weekend and came away the better for it.
Sara and Red Rider, I am sure that both of you will have a great time at the track.
No racing for me this past weekend which was fine. I rode 80 miles to my parents' house. My family met me there and my sister and youngest brother were there to celebrate Father's Day.
At our local Tuesday evening race I decided to race the Masters 40+ instead of the Pro/1/2/3 race. My teammates who usually help push the pace in the Masters decided to do the Pro race. [/startrant] It kind of kills me that people go to these races and just soft pedal until the prime sprints and last lap. I tried a bunch of different tactics to make a break stick or to split the pack. Someone told me it almost worked one time. I think we ended up dropping about half the starting field of 40 or so riders. There was one other guy who worked a bit but other than him, people were content to sit at the front at 21-22 MPH. I even just sat at the front for 1 mile at 24-25 MPH to try to get some momentum going but no one would pull through after I pulled off. We barely managed to pull out a 24 MPH average speed but at this time of year we should be looking at 26 MPH for an average. A friend of mine from another team asked me what kind of drugs I've been taking. I told him they weren't working well enough since I couldn't make a break stick. But seriously, there are no upgrade points, no cash prizes, and no podium girls. There are just series points. So why can't people push themselves a bit? Really, all I want is the opportunity to try some race tactics and work hard. [/endrant]
BTW, don't get me going on photography. I spent too much time in a photo forum before I found BF.
Also, I used to get up to Yosemite about once each year. Now I haven't been there in 20 years. I have a couple of Half Dome stories that I'd be happy to tell in-person over a beer.