Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Willows Weren't the Only Ones Weeping
I would change the name to protect the innocent, but there was no innocence, just pure malfeasance on the part of Michael F. Lawless.
Mike had been lamenting his lack of training and lack of fitness. I told him that I was in the same, sinking boat, and that he should register and participate, just to be there. This is a big race for our team so it's good for us to show up in numbers. Finally, after much cajoling, he relented and said that he'd enter. He even convinced me to sign him up, that morning, so he could languish in bed and roll up when it was *convenient.* Hmph.
I'll get back to that in a moment… but first, a big thanks to Riverside Cycles for giving us the green light to put out our team tent--THANKS! It's much appreciated. I wish more race venues would allow for "team parking" areas. I think it would add so much to the atmosphere of the race if Racer-X and ECV and Toro Loco and NEMBA and everyone else could have a tent up, rather than having the riders spread all over… but, I digress.
And, thanks to Toro Loco Cycling and Maggie Nook for the pics!
The race started like so many other races, aside from Glen's frantic, last-second bike switch (he tells it better than I can, but barring that incident, I think he could have won). We rolled out for an 8.5 mile loop of some of Willowdale's best trails. It's fun, flowing, and a blast to ride.
It wouldn't have been bad if that was all, but then, he very quietly says, "I beat you."
And the final insult, when, as a courteous rider, I sent him a photo of the race results, he says "Yah thats right, you just cut that out and tape it to your visor till the next time. Bitch."
Aside from knowing now that Mike is soul-less and inherently evil, the race was fun. Sure, I was suffering, but I like to suffer, that's why I do these things. Truth be told, I wouldn't have minded a little less suffering though. My second lap was a cramp-fest (which Mike took full advantage of), and it seemed like someone sprayed my front tire down with olive oil because it was sliding all over the place.
Nevertheless, it was a good time, and it was cool to hang out with Glen, GlenN, Andy, Maggie, Mike B., Steve, Ron, Todd, Doug, Tim, Lauren, Leslie, and, I guess Mike L.
Many were able to come over to the new Racer-X headquarters for a cook-out, even Jamie, who was MIA for the race was there! Good fun and I'm looking forward to a fun summer racing season.
I will close with this: Mr. Lawless, the gloves are off, and you have a giant "X" on your back. (hmmm…. I guess we all do….)