Or Ask Me Anything Vol. 4:
Back in 2002 when I was getting pummeled by you guys every weekend, the one time I managed to get into a good break in a crit was at the Mothballs course with you, Chris Walker, and a couple other guys. Every time Chris pulled he was basically out of the saddle attacking, and it only took about 5 laps for me and the other no-name Helen’s guy to get burned off, and then you guys ended up staying away and IIRC, Chris actually attacked you and won. Was Chris trying to “separate the wheat from the chaff,” or does he just ride like that all the time? I can’t imagine riding a break for 25 minutes with him going nuts like that on every pull.
Yeah, man, I totally remember that race. I pretty much remember every race, but anyway. .. Walker did (does?) pretty much always ride full-gas, but in that instance I think there was some tactical nuance behind it.
As you alluded to, our team was pretty much winning everything in socal that spring, as you would expect a “pro” team to do in local racing. Walker and Ryan Lane were both on good form with Tri Zombies, but we were coming in with 8 guys every weekend and crushing it. So, that weekend, our team actually travelled (to Housatonic- I told you I remember everything) and it was just Mike Tillman and I. Tilly-man had already won the road race the day before, so I am sure those guys were anxious to pull out a V on the day.
Once Walker saw that it was just me in the break (not Tillman and me), he rolled it as hard as he could to make sure it stayed that way. He also wanted to thin the break down, so that it was he and Lane against me in the final. He was successful in doing so, and after a few attacks from each of them, I agreed (yes, a verbal agreement) that Walker could win.
Or maybe I’m wrong, and Chris just always rides like that, because pretty much every time I’ve been in a break with him, he has just throttled it with little care of tactics or the breaks’ composition.
Back to today, still feeling like crap-o-la. Took a half day for Haley’s kindergarten graduation, which was fun. Hoping for a miraculous recovery. Not racing this weekend for sure, but would be good to load on some miles as I have a four day… that’s right, baby, tomorrow is my Friday!
If anyone has any other questions, please holla, it’s making the 30 day thing easy as.
Day 24 #30DaysofContent over and out.