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Old 06-07-18, 12:13 PM
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I'm going to Albuquerque!
Never been there and looking forward to it (assuming I live that long).
2018 Pasadena Senior Games are the California state qualifying events for the 2019 National Senior Games. Good to see @Heathpack and @Racer Ex there. Pre-rode the course with Heathpack and I hope that some of the things I relayed to her were useful. Also had her and soigneur / mechanic (aka Mr. Heathpack) a tour of our almost complete Green Dream Home. Said home is a primary reason for my lack of training, racing, and online presence here.
Number 1 goal for the Pasadena Senior Games was to qualify for Albuquerque. Number 2 goal was to medal in all 4 events (5 Km TT, 40 Km RR, 10 Km TT, and 20Km RR). Accomplished both goals.
Was 2nd in 5 Km TT after starting way too fast and dying near the end of lap 1 of 2 and barely hanging on during lap 2. Missed 1st by 6 seconds.
Was 3rd in the 40 Km RR after some last minute tactics went awry with my teammate (who was racing 55-59) and I got stuck on the windy side of the sprint. (Note: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65-69 raced together and scored separately.) Last in the lead group.
Was 2nd in the 10 Km TT after breaking one of the bolts holding my right arm pad on the 1st lap. Missed 1st by 3 seconds to the same guy as the 5 Km TT and I'm sure I lost those 3 seconds periodically futzing with my arm pad for 3 laps. Despite the mechanical problem, was doing negative splits until the last lap.
Won age group and overall in 20 Km RR after breaking away with another guy (who also had a teammate in the race) on the 3rd of 8 laps. I think my teammate was feeling bad about our previous day SNAFU and he stayed behind to herd the cats. Managed to sprint faster than the other guy and won by about half a wheel. Big accomplishment for me since I haven't sprinted hard in a race or won for years.

Anyone else planning to go to Albuquerque (besides Heathpack)?
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