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Old 06-23-16, 11:20 AM
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Cleave
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Thanks for the kind words. I was hoping to do better but my fitness is definitely behind where I was last year. Another bronze (10 Km TT) and silver (20 Km road race).

Was 30 seconds slower than last year and I think I would have won again if I could have ridden that fast. Beat 4th place by 2 seconds.

My legs are always tired by the time the 20 Km road race comes around and this year was no different. A lot of people bailed for this race so all age groups started together. Tried to animate the race again a couple of times but nothing good was going to come from my efforts. I only had one competitor in this road race -- a former teammate and friend. At two-to-go, a 60+ guy took off and his attack broke the field apart. There were eight of us in total who stayed together.

Halfway through the last lap, the young guy (50+) attacked hard and I tried to follow. No dice. Everyone chased on to the back straight and when there was a slight lull, my friend took off. I wasn't going to chase.

The 50+ guy and my friend stayed away. Since I had no real reason to sprint, I just hung on the back so the other guys could race for their medals.

Oh, I'm qualified for Birmingham, AL. Primary goal accomplished. We'll see if I go. My wife has no interest in Birmingham so I'll go solo if I go at all.

Retirement and the end of my frequent business travel can't come soon enough.
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