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From highs to lows to highs... ...and a World Champion(3 posts)

From highs to lows to highs... ...and a World Championnoveread
Aug 15, 2003 6:33 AM
In my first year of really serious riding and first year of racing, I have experienced the highs and the lows. I didn't reach my main goal of becoming a competitive in the Cat 4/5 fields, but I am convinced it is due to my training debacle of June. I learned an awful lot about my body this year! Many of you likely remember several of those posts! After that ultimate low, I started rebuilding and though I raced a couple of times, it was with no delusions of grandeur. I knew I was not going to be riding like I was in May.

Anyway, we have our weekly Thursday group ride that is a small group, usually 7-12 people or so and is a fast ride. To make a long story short, I have been dropped on every single Thursday ride since May!

Over the last couple of weeks, I've started to feel better so I was hoping, praying I might be able to hold on last night. As we headed out on our ride, there was a rider I didn't recognize. As we approached the main hills of the ride, new guy dropped the hammer and was towing us along at 31-32mph. I was holding on, but the HR was climbing above LT and was quite worried about the 3 successive climbs ahead. I made it over the first two with the group, but on the third, I and Mike, a masters rider, got dropped. I was pacing up the climb when I noticed the new guy over on the left side of the road going very, very slowly. As we came up on him I asked if he was okay. He turned around said he was "fine" and I could see he was not even breathing hard. To which I then said: "oh, you're just waiting for us slow-pokes." To which he just smiled.

So he pulled in front of me and I hopped on his wheel and he dragged Mike and me up the rest of the climb (which had leveled to only 2-3%) at 22mph! I was dying to stay on his wheel, but I did. We reintegrated shortly after as the group was resting after the climbs and waiting.

As we came up on the group, I turned to Mike and asked "Is this your son?" He said yes, and I followed with "no wonder he has so much energy to burn!" Mike just kinda shrugged his shoulders and smiled. Mike's son is Matt Kelley, former UCI Junior World Champion in cyclocross.

How cool is that?! I got to ride with, and dragged up a hill by a former World Champion! Too, too cool! And to top it all off, I didn't get dropped on the rest of the ride. First time since May. Things are looking up once again! Well, that's my story for Friday.

The Empty Wrapper
cool story! nmThe Human G-Nome
Aug 15, 2003 7:42 AM
Now that's class!CritLover
Aug 17, 2003 6:44 PM
Coming back to pull up the rear... nice too be a world champion and humble.

Great news on your ride! Sounds like one tough group - Ouch!