|Lead vehicle crosses Start/Finish and heads downhill.|
You see I have the mind set that how I feel today should not dictate what I plan to do tomorrow. That's not how some guys work. Some guys call it off early for no good reason. I like my wife Lisa's new favorite quote: Last Place is better than Did Not Finish, which trumps Did Not Start. So I saddled up my horse and after church we headed for the races.
|A prayer before trying.|
|Me and Lisa Kelly Hayes|
|To my right = 3 riders half my age. Great.|
|1st Lap with Brandon Pruett behind me for the last time.|
It worked! I came through on the first lap at the front. But the second lap I found myself behind a CAT3 rider who was just a tad stronger than me. On Chad's scale of sarcasm a "tad" means that he was a monster. I found out later he's 16 years old. His name is Brandon Pruett and he placed 3rd in the National Road Race in Augusta this year. He's raising money to go to Belgium and race over the summer. The kid slowly motored away from me on the second lap. I stayed on his wheel as long as I could but I was at my absolute limit. The back side downhill offers around 20 seconds of relief but that wasn't enough. I decided to quit chasing him and back off a little.
|Sean Philyaw suffers in the heat.|
To regress a little I want to tell you about riding with the Monkey Wrench shop ride in St. Simons.
|Monkey Wrench Bike Shop ride, St. Simons, GA|
After I got back we packed the van and headed to my new favorite restaurant Palmer's Village Cafe for some breakfast. It was delicious. They were very friendly even when we showed up with 10 people. The food was chef prepared and very reasonably priced. I only had one problem. The kids ate all their pancakes. I ordered an omelet and bacon with the assurance only a father could have that my 13 and 10 year old little girls would have some blueberry pancakes left over. No dice. In fact I could only pick at some scraps left over on another table to satisfy my need for sweetness. Sad...I know.
|Palmer's Village Cafe, St. Simons Island, Georgia|
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But Robert and Sean are doing the whole thing. Can't wait to see what kind of suffering goes on.
Thanks for reading! Have a great week!