“sometimes i think you’re too good for your own good. i honestly don’t think i can take that much abuse from the same person week after week. you’re taking the high road and i am certainly not suggesting a recourse here but… i wonder if mr. “i’ve never been wrong my whole life” is the type of guy who understands the difference between being decent and being weak. probably not. i recall once having to tell him “hey i didn’t sign up for your course. now leave me alone.” after being lectured beyond the point of my limits. he stopped picking on me after that.”—i wrote this email to a friend regarding mr. know-it-all on our ride
“The presidency of WADA is supposed to rotate between the two main branches of its governance structure, the IOC and national governments. Lamour was the chosen candidate of the European Union countries and many assumed that endorsement alone would almost guarantee his election. But the process is intended to be more open than that, and several non-EU countries informally promoted the candidacy of an alternate, Australian John Fahey, the former premier of New South Wales. “It’s supposed to be a democracy,” said U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chairman Travis Tygart. “I don’t understand why it’s a problem to have more than one candidate.” Remarkably, Lamour immediately backed out of the race to replace Pound, firing a stinging rebuke against the entire agency. “I don’t want to be president of this agency,” Lamour said. “WADA is discredited by the way it handled Fahey’s unexpected candidacy.””—
question: when you cough up about a pound of mucus on the road, how come you weigh the same after the ride? i believe it’s sympathy weight i gained after watching my own performance. i just don’t ride well when it suddenly turns this cold. having ridden only 3 times in more than a month doesn’t really help either.
the ride was pretty fast. i think we dropped a good chunk of riders before the first sprint. i was back to my regularly scheduled program of “hide and conserve” right from the start. despite my trying, there was no escaping the wind today.
robert single-filed us for the most of the ride. and when he finally turned it off, scott picked up the pace for the rest of the way. the pace was fast enough we caught otto’s group right at the end of the first sprint where we saw will and hammean battling it out to the line. most of the guys working against the wind at the front today were fantastic - junior, cleo, gotham guy (sergio?), that new guy on trek, etc.
the ride wasn’t sketchy but i still felt nervous the whole way as i usually do following a crash. the new zipp’s are fantastic but i think they lighten up the front end a little too much. i feel somewhat unbalanced on otherwise superbly stable setup and i get knocked around by the crosswind more so than even deeper 404’s. on the short climbs though, they make up for their shortcomings and i feel like getting a push from behind when i torque it.
aided by such sensation, i had a grand hope of stretching out the field on rt. 1 but when i took to the front my legs suddenly remembered their lack of miles over the last month or so and stopped working on the first hump.
i saw cleo jump to create a gap but i think he got swallowed up on the valley. there were some good sprinters at the finish and i wonder who cross the line first. but mostly i’m wondering how hard i would have to hit the rollers in the coming weeks to get back to something that remotely resembles acceptable level of fitness - an endeavor which i’m certainly not looking forward to.
“The company spends more than 10 million euros a year on the team, an investment first tarnished when 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich was sacked in 2006 over suspicions that he was implicated in a major Spanish doping scandal.”—Adidas wants out of T-Mobile deal