Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Day 2, 2000m pursuit = 1st
Aub, Jolly and the old birthday boy!
What a way to celebrate my 50th birthday with a win at masters track worlds in Australia. I qualified first in the morning session and then came back in the evening to take the gold medal ride over fellow American James Host. Either way, the star spangled banner was going to be played at the awards ceremony. As far as individual pursuiting goes, this was an exciting race as we were evenly matched after 5 of 8 laps before I pulled out a close win.
I hope my teammate Dr. Steve Johnson (CEO of USAC) sees this post and I hope that my junior teammates read this too because this is the cool part. I wasn’t nervous tonight, and I wasn’t rattled by my lame start last night. You see, when I first joined this team back in 1994 Steve taught me some important lessons in cycling. He had already won a masters road world championship and many national championships by this time but he has always helped to keep things in perspective. While I am elated to have achieved my 2008 goal of winning, in the greater scheme of things this is not all that important. My wife doesn’t love me any more or any less. I’m not saving lives and I still pay about a buck to refill my double gulp at 7-Eleven. Keeping this perspective helps me to take cycling seriously, but not take it too seriously.