In the Saddle: Wait ’til next year
I was feeling pretty good about my time in last weekend’s Ride for the Pass until a comparison to my archrival.I’m not an overly competitive guy. I think a good share of the world’s problems can be connected to an overabundance of testosterone. Nevertheless, it’s always fun to beat someone you’re really gunning for.It’s been several years since I’ve done the Ride for the Pass. I love the event, but vacations, visitors and other obligations have prevented me from participating recently.The stars aligned this year so I enthusiastically prepared for the ride. I couldn’t quite remember what a good time was for me, so I got it in my head to simply finish better than 59 minutes. I exceeded my goal, finishing in 57 minutes, 25 seconds while riding in the recreational category.I rode hard; it felt good. The real treat was riding to the top with scores of other cyclists, enjoying perfect weather and no cars.I didn’t give a second thought to my time – until Monday morning. I wanted to look at times of some friends who rode, so I Googled “Ride the Pass results.” I couldn’t find this year’s times, but the top result was the times from 2002.I found my name and, to my horror, found that I completed the ride in a better time five years ago – a much better time. Exactly three minutes better at 54 minutes, 25 seconds.So now I’m sitting here bumming over losing three minutes in five years. I skinned up Tiehack religiously last winter. My weight is lower than it’s been in a decade. I’ve been riding hard the last month or so, and I took spin classes (on a stationary bike) all winter.When I whined about my finding to a co-worker Monday morning, her reply was, “You’re older, dude.” Thanks.I don’t care how I compare to rider X, Y or Z. But I’ll be damned if I’ll let the 2002 version of me go unchallenged. Wait until next year.
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