I'm very excited for Greg, Mike, Lauren, Hannah, Harrison and Taylor for winning or generally doing well this season. I however, am not doing as well. "They" say that cycling is about incremental gains made over years. My increments are apparently very small. A season in review:
Marblehead: Almost didn't toe the line between the cold and my balky knee I considered not starting at all. Made it through 3 of the 5 laps before the knee said no.
Quabbin: Not much. I don't go up hills well. I did however try to keep the beginning of the race fast; mission accomplished. I rode the next 40 miles mostly by myself trying to make it over the hills and valiantly keeping from buying cider donuts. 118/155
Wayne Elliot: Course looked like it should have been a good one for me. However I could not match the acceleration after the dog ran back off the course. I did find this sweet picture of me at the front though. DNF
Blue Hills: Burned myself up trying to cover the Matts (Miller and Aumiller) move after the poorly parked car. Spent a lot of time trying to chase back on and almost made it right before we started back up Unquity again. Up hill fail. 58/62
Lake Sunapee: Wanted to just ride in the group and not do anything stupid until after the 45+ race passed us. Spent to much time in the wind trying to stay towards the front third of the race, and was knocked loose on the second hill. made it back onto the filed just after they were neutralized, but fell off again on the grinding climb. Good news is I missed all the argy bargy near the traffic circle. 63/86
In summary my early season has included some not so sweet results, but lots of fun, and lots of riding by myself with a number pinned on. Looks like I have some chances for redemption coming; Purgatory, Housatonic Hills, Fitchburg, Attleboro, and the Mt. Agamenticus TT are up next.