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.

Cheers, Larry


MarvinZ said...

Congratulations, Larry. And I appreciate the wise words!


FWS said...

Double congrats Larry!
Great way to spend a Birthday.
Keeps all of us 50+ guys training
and pedaling hard.

Ciao...FWS DBC Masters

Brian Peterson said...

Congratulations Larry! I appreciate how you put things into perspective. Good luck with the rest of your events.

KnitterKmommy said...

You STUD. Congratulations on a well deserved win. We're always rooting for you!
Nancy Duarte

Toneman said...

Lar, Lar, LAR!!

This is great news! Congrats on your scoop of double-rainbow!! You've earned your ice cream this birthday, no? Love the photo, too!


Kevin said...

It's only a buck to refill that bucket of diet coke??? :-)

Seriously, great job. We knew that you could do it!


Giovanni said...

nice riding!

I don't believe you drink big gulps of soda though.

Jeff Remer said...

Way to go Larry! Huge round of applause from the Roaring Mouse crowd.

jnevitt said...

Happy Birthday Larry! I wish I could have been there to cheer you on! You are such an inspiration except for the Big Gulp. I couldn't drink that much crap unless it came with a pack of Depends.

Chico Cyclist said...

Congratulations Larry! This is awesome!!!

Ippoc Amic said...

happy b-day Larry and congrats on the new jersey
Linda & Erika

chatterbox said...

Congrats, Larry! I want to be you when I grow up.

Oh, and happy birthday!

Sarah C