- On my last lap I was fortunate enough to see a guy in front of me that was just slightly slower than me. For 3 1/2 miles I slowly closed the gap between him and me and finally caught him on the level jeep road. I could see him look behind to watch me close on him and he tried to stay away but his back was bothering him and he had trouble climbing. At one point I said to myself "hey, if you don't catch him, it's ok. Think about all the stuff you've been through the last two years. You should just be happy to be out here and if you can't fight through the pain to push up the hill, it's ok." And then it hit me. I am NOT SICK anymore. So I shouldn't use that as an excuse anymore. So yeah, I've been through a lot. And yeah, I'm not sure what my body is capable of now or in the future. But I shouldn't hide behind that. If I want to go faster and get stronger, than I should - here's the big surprise! - go faster and get stronger. Wow. Pretty simple stuff. Stop making excuses and turn your damned legs on the bike! So I caught him, asked him how he was doing and he said "I'm tired". Well, 20 hours into a race, with probably little sleep the night before is a pretty good time to be tired. So I said "Yup, it's that time of day" and I put the (little, tiny) hammer down and pushed to the finish line. I put about 2 minutes on him in the last 2 miles. Ah, the joys of competition! It may seem small and petty and unimportant to care about such things. But when you're trying to rebuild your body, you have to take joy in the little victories and this was certainly a victory.
- It's great doing something like this with engineers and project managers. Not only is everyone super prepared, but everyone is anxious to out-prepare everyone else. (Did I mention that this group is a bit competitive?) So if you ask for sunblock, everyone dives into their bags to see who has the best sunblock that is most easily accessible. And after a meal, people instantly do the dishes without being asked.
- It's been a month since my last chemo, and this weekend it was great to have my legs hurt and not feel so totally gassed from lack of oxygen transport. Yeah, it hurts when you ask your legs to do more than they want to, especially three times over an 18 hour period. But to be able to get enough oxygen to your legs to have them work hard enough to generate metabolic waste products is really good news for me. I hope that my o2 transport continues to improve so I can work my muscles more so they in turn will get stronger. That's the strange perspective you get when you've been really ill. Someone else will complain about their painful legs. I'm really happy to have my legs hurt because of what it means about my overall health.
Me charging down the final straight after passing my competition (note that you can't see anyone behind me. In rowing terms, this is known as "horizoning" someone, as in they are so far behind you that they're beneath the horizon:
Gary charging off into the storm (note the big rain clouds behind him):
Waiting for Gary to finish so we can complete the tear down of our campsite. In classic Colorado fashion, we've all got rain gear on our tops and shorts on. From left to right, me, Ed and Carlin.
If you want to look at race results, we're the BikesOrBeers team in the 8 person coed division.
And to give you a sense for how slow I am compared to folks that are somewhat serious about riding their bikes, check out the Strava segment for the course (I am currently 18/20th. Ed (6), Tony (7) and Gary (10) are also on our team). For me, definitely room to get better!
|Ari Newman||Jun 01, 2012||17.5mi/h||166bpm||240W||-||27:25|
|2||Chris Graves||Jun 03, 2011||16.3mi/h||171bpm||-||-||29:31|
|3||David B.||Jun 01, 2012||16.0mi/h||-||262W||-||30:01|
|4||Dave Choren||Jun 01, 2012||15.8mi/h||-||154W||-||30:25|
|5||matthew cline||Jun 01, 2012||15.6mi/h||-||242W||-||30:46|
|6||Ed Balduf||Jun 01, 2012||15.3mi/h||170bpm||187W||-||31:21|
|7||Tony Apuzzo||Jun 03, 2011||15.3mi/h||145bpm||249W||-||31:29|
|8||Craig Keller||Jun 01, 2012||15.2mi/h||-||115W||-||31:35|
|9||Kent Smith||Jun 03, 2011||14.7mi/h||148bpm||139W||-||32:41|
|10||Gary Bonner||Jun 02, 2012||14.0mi/h||-||136W||-||34:18|
|11||Paul Goldberg||Jun 01, 2012||13.7mi/h||155bpm||218W||-||35:03|
|12||Kim Nordquist||Jun 03, 2011||13.6mi/h||-||-||-||35:21|
|13||mark truelsen||Jun 02, 2012||13.4mi/h||-||132W||-||35:55|
|14||Mike Bean||Jun 01, 2012||13.1mi/h||-||149W||-||36:38|
|15||Christopher Foster||Jun 03, 2011||12.9mi/h||160bpm||-||-||37:10|
|16||Jeff Wheelock||May 09, 2012||12.8mi/h||-||-||-||37:31|
|17||Jon Elliott||Apr 28, 2012||11.9mi/h||-||-||-||40:15|
|18||George Florentine||Jun 02, 2012||11.9mi/h||153bpm||107W||-||40:28|
|19||Rob Gaffney||Jun 03, 2012||11.6mi/h||135bpm||-||-||41:23|
|20||Justin Gritzmacher||Sep 04, 2011||8.3mi/h||-||-||-||57:44|