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Old 06-06-13, 08:26 PM   #1026
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I'm going to try to express something partly related to the Senior Games, and hope I do a decent job of it, because it's important.

We all read about what RacerEx does, with his racing, his coaching, and his support of others at races. But actually racing with him, as a teammate and a 'trainee', is an experience hard to put into words. It's because what's unique about Ex is that he does things 'completely'. He thinks things through completely, he does each task associated with whatever it is he is approaching completely, and he commits to something completely. It permeates whatever he is doing, whether that is developing a training pan, preparing a bicycle, attacking in a race, or fixing dinner for friends. There is no halfway; nothing whatsoever is done half-assed. So, if Ex is supporting you in a race, it doesn't matter whether you have stripes on your sleeve or are Cat4. You get the full treatment, and in reality, you get that whether you deserve it or not. Because, if he has made the commitment, he is going to fulfill it. There is no worrying about whether he will do his part. He will be there, and you also know that, whatever he does, it will be what should be done, and it will be done completely.

When you have that sort of "know it will always be there" support, it's really easy to take it for granted. I know some have (not those here!), and that frankly pisses me off. Partly because, when you play the sport at Ex's level, there just aren't that many people who can reciprocate. Very few of those that can reciprocate have Ex's ability willingness to act selflessly and help others to spots on the podium that could easily have been theirs. So it is far from being a balanced ledger for Ex. He gives far more than he will ever receive.

Oh, and he also invites you into his home, feeds you, drives you to races, and loans the things you forgot because you, unlike Ex, don't always think completely.

So here's to RacerEx. Very few people get to experience him as a coach, a teammate and a friend. I consider myself beyond lucky to be one of them.
Amen.

There is just one more thing. Ex has an enthusiasm for the sport and for life that is intoxicating. He brings a level of joy to this game that infects everyone in the sport whom he touches. I consider myself very lucky to be his student, and to have him as a friend.
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Old 06-06-13, 08:31 PM   #1027
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....So much of the fun of racing is (for me anyway) playing with tactics (like in our road race). Sara has far fewer opportunities to race with her peer group just taking age and gender into account, much less category. Her reality is pretty much everyone's hardest race all the time. It was so cool seeing her on equal footing and RACING.

Gotta dig some and work with schedules but those opportunities are out there and need to be embraced.
Seeing the pride on your face was so cool, too, Ex - yes, I said it again. The other thing that was really fun was seeing the three of you - Ex, Cleave and AzT - in that break in the 40K blasting by at 30 MPH. You should have heard the "OOOOOO"'s from the crowd. Yeup!
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And talk about enthusiasm for the sport - that would be Cleave! And, if the PSG are any indication, EVERYONE knows him and loves him!
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Everyone - Thanks!!!!!
Well, thank you for sharing the whole process with us. Its great to see the payoff for all the hard work.
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Seeing the pride on your face was so cool, too, Ex - yes, I said it again. The other thing that was really fun was seeing the three of you - Ex, Cleave and AzT - in that break in the 40K blasting by at 30 MPH. You should have heard the "OOOOOO"'s from the crowd. Yeup!
One last thought Sara.... I think its time to change your 'title' - how about 'looks good in Silver'?
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Sara, I'm sooooo happy for you - for the results but even more for the chance to really race! That must have felt awesome.
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Hi, one thing to point out, the bicycle races for the Pasadena Senior Games were also the California Senior Games bicycle racing championships. Similar to last year, the planned races in San Diego got cancelled so Pasadena picked up the event. I didn't know about this prior to the races and I'm not sure if many of the competitors knew beforehand. Once again, all of us medal winners got two medals for the price of one!

Also, the Pasadena Senior Games are open to all 50+ competitors. You don't nave to live in California to enter. For as long as I've been participating, the races have been mid-week (Tuesday and Wednesday) and are generally during the first week of June. Mark your calendars for next year. Maybe we can make this an annual BF Masters meet-up race.

Just a thought (even though having a bunch of you show up would greatly diminish my chances of winning or placing).
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Hi, one thing to point out, the bicycle races for the Pasadena Senior Games were also the California Senior Games bicycle racing championships. Similar to last year, the planned races in San Diego got cancelled so Pasadena picked up the event. I didn't know about this prior to the races and I'm not sure if many of the competitors knew beforehand. Once again, all of us medal winners got two medals for the price of one!

Also, the Pasadena Senior Games are open to all 50+ competitors. You don't nave to live in California to enter. For as long as I've been participating, the races have been mid-week (Tuesday and Wednesday) and are generally during the first week of June. Mark your calendars for next year. Maybe we can make this an annual BF Masters meet-up race.

Just a thought (even though having a bunch of you show up would greatly diminish my chances of winning or placing).
So that's why I got two medals!!

Cleave nailed it - come on out!

And bring your tricycles....
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Sara, I'm sooooo happy for you - for the results but even more for the chance to really race! That must have felt awesome.
Valygrl, thank you!!! The racing really made it for me. For once, it wasn't a giant mismatch, and what happened was on me. I wasn't concerned for a moment with just "survival"! I surprised myself with how much I had learned about tactics from hanging out HERE, and even though I made a really giant error in the 20K road race (it cost me the race), it was still SO MUCH FUN! I now know, for sure, what racing is, and I know, without question, that I love racing my bike and that I really am a bike racer.
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Thanks for all the kind words folks. I am fortunate to have great friends/athletes to work with.

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Old 06-08-13, 05:35 PM   #1036
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Some of you saw this in the 33.

I raced the Sunshine Hill Climb SW4 race today - 23rd/30. 25 minutes at 107% of LT wattage (I was dropped in there somewhere), then a little level-off in the course and the fact that I was now all alone (of my cat, but being passed by the 13 year old girls, srlsly) - made me transition to some kind of hideous Tempo-power-with-LT-heart-rate mode. Horrible horrible race.

The course is quite steep, which is not good for me since I do better at spinning than mashing, and the last 3 miles are dirt.

Demoralized.
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Valygrl, I know how you feel. Grit your way through it, it's just one event. You'll bounce back, I have no doubt about that!
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Thanks you guys. I'm trying to pick it apart and find anything I can learn from it.... probably I should just leave it alone, and not worry about it unless it becomes chronic.
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Thanks you guys. I'm trying to pick it apart and find anything I can learn from it.... probably I should just leave it alone, and not worry about it unless it becomes chronic.
You're sounding a little like me, now! Stop that! It's not going to become chronic. You had a bad race. Over and done with. You'll do great in your next one!
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40K TT today. Left leg felt funny warming up, but it had felt funny in yesterday's opener and then been okay. Not so today. I had to shut it down and sit up only 10-15K in. Just spun easy the rest of the way. Anytime I applied power it would start complaining, and it doesn't feel like the kind of thing I should just ride through. Not sure what is causing it, since there are several candidates: driving 12 hours in 2 days; doing races on the backup bike; doing a lot of TT work; sitting in a chair for 9 hour days at work. Not even really localized: back of knee, top of knee, up near the hip, down towards my foot. Lessens if I sit up; worsens on the extensions. Could be some nerve thing - guess I better look up what sciatica is all about - never had it, so I don't know the symptoms. Finished in 1:10 something. Yikes. Omnium next weekend is probably a no-go, especially since it will take a lot of star alignment to have the Giant back for it. I want a do-over for this season!
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I want a do-over for this season!
You can say that again. It ain't over yet, though. I'm hoping your issue is related to the bike swapping and the intensity you have been doing lately. That should be temporary. Best wishes.
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Jim, dammit! You're going to have that leg looked at?
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Jim, dammit! You're going to have that leg looked at?
Nope. I have not yet found a doctor who is very helpful when it comes to athletic issues. Not one on our insurance plan, anyway. I'll just take it easy until I have the Giant working again, as I feel the same way about it Shovel does. Looked up sciatica, and that generally radiates down fron the back. My back is fine, so it's probably in the muscles/tendons. I'll do some stretching and icing when I get home from work. Worked yesterday and again today, as I want to crush the first task I've been given.
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AzT, I can't argue with you. Good plan. I agree with the "impression" you want to make on the new job, too.
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Just be patient. It may take a few weeks to calm down. Or it could be a few days. Tough to tell.
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This is 30 seconds after Ex asked me "So is it 40 points if you lap the field twice?"



And about 10 minutes before that's what he did.


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