So after a hard Saturday race it's nice to have 3000 ft of vertical to hike on a Sunday! You can see the curvature of the earth.
Monday, May 12, 2008
In these pictures I sit in 5th place, I would go on to finish 5th in the field sprint in the 1st picture.. The winner was a 16 yr old who soloed earlier in the week at the training races. Impressive for any age, though I think the field will be much more attentive from now on. Having won or done well at the early season races I new my moves would be marked. I felt the field would sit me out of any attack or break that would develop. So I went with every attack, every counter. Staying easily in the top2-5. There was the usual chaos at the end. I did everything right with the power I had left. I'm happy with the 5th.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I spent most the week in pain at night unable to sleep because of the the shooting pain down my left leg and not to mention the tingling and paralysis. The pain subsides from a 7-9 to a 3-5 when I aggressively ride my bike I can not soft peddle without stopping because of pain. I felt I could fake 45 minutes of intervals and have an influence at the least. The field set up behind me right from the beginning and would not come around me no matter how slow I went. They would spill there guts trying to contain me through out the rest of the race and in the end I had to sprint from 700m out. The final picture was taken 20 yards from the finish line. I'm in the middle and gave up a half a wheel at the finish line and finished third. The 3rd rider on the outside was my team mate who finished 1st. This weeks the state championships....I wonder.....!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
It's been 3 weeks since my back put me on my knees. There are 2 herniated disc pushing on my sciatic nerve. Causing pain, tingling and partial paralysis . being on the bike is the most painless position. I've raced with this condition and did well. The real pain comes at night. I have not slept in weeks and pain killers have little effect on pinched nerves. It doesn't help that I'm between insurance right now. There's a quick n easy surgery that can remove and restore practically over night. But they need $5000 up front. Until then I'm a man with a bullet in his back.