Tossing and Tortured 'Till Dawn

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Somebody Kill the Loser:

Somewhere inside me is this loser, and sometimes he takes over my legs when I go bike racing.

Today was a day like this.

The race was called "Tahuya-Seabeck-Tahuya," but saying that makes people want to reply, "Gezundheit!," so everyone calls it TST. I heard all sorts of stories about this epic race, and how I, as a far better climber than sprinter, was supposed to do well at it.

Ha! Cue the loser.

I just pedalled my bike from Tahuya, to Seabeck, and back. There were 99 other riders there, doing the same thing. The infamous hills are pretty tame in the dry, actually, and as you have to go back down them all to get to the finish, no major selection naturally occurred. There was some stringing out, but the elastic never really snapped, so it all just kind of wound back together.

I've got to kick that guy to the kerb, because there's no reason to even bother to go to a race if I am going to do that. When you are at the front on all of the climbs, and finish a race in the lead group, and aren't even tired, something has gone very wrong.


  • At 9:36 PM , Blogger K-Man said...

    Eh? See, ya shoulda come done and done KVRR!

  • At 9:36 PM , Blogger K-Man said...

    doh. i need to read before i post.
    like "come down" not "come done"

  • At 10:31 PM , Blogger Argentius said...

    If I did that I would've just had more travel time so that I could race like a loser in OR instead of WA!

    Or, maybe I would not. If a break got away I could've gone with it, I had okay legs, I just have to kick this bad habit.

    I'm too much of a nice guy on days like this. When I have more firepower than 99 other guys in the race, I have to accept it and use it. I think that's why I want to upgrade. I'll have a much easier time pulling myself up to a higher level when everyone else is already there...

  • At 10:52 AM , Blogger josh said...

    its called attacking

    you are normally good at it

  • At 11:14 AM , Blogger Argentius said...

    yeah, I know...

  • At 10:13 PM , Blogger K-Man said...

    Nah... you would have done well. Jim Fischer and Adam Blanchard got away with 1 lap to go.

    Gary has a great description of the race on his bloggity blog.

    See ya Friday.

  • At 11:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    You are a cat3 and very full of yourself. Looks like you are ready to upgrade.

    You have a TT this weekend to show us all how you are the fastest and the next JS or IM. I can't wait to see it.

    No excuses this time. All you have to do is win the TT and the rest is yours.

  • At 11:44 PM , Blogger Argentius said...


    I've got a trash-talking comment from an anonymous poster! This has never happened to me before.

    That's awesome. It must mean my weblog has, um, arrived. Or whatever.

    Whoever you are, you're in for some satisfaction when I finish the TT solidly mid-pack. I am not sure who these initals are, but I think IM is probably Ian McKissick. He is a ridiculously fast TT artist, which I suppose is why he won the national championships last year.

    I have no such dreams. Time trialing is, as you must know, a very specialized discipline that requires an interesting mix of power, aerodynamics, experience, equipment, and pacing. I have ridden about half a dozen flat-ish solo time trials in my life, a couple of Larch mountains, and a couple of collegiate TTTs.

    I'm glad you think I'm full of myself. Since one of my target areas for improvement this year is confidence, it must mean it is working.

  • At 6:33 AM , Blogger Andrew said...

    Anon is right about the upgrade. Time to move up.

  • At 3:34 PM , Blogger K-Man said...

    Hey T-
    You signed up for the whole thing? You appear on the Fri. race but not for the Cat 3 Men SR. (On bikereg.) One guy to look out for Adam Blanchard. He's riding especially strong.

  • At 3:39 PM , Blogger gray8110 said...

    Uh.. I think Anon the trash talker's "full of yourself" line was probably in reference to this little bit:

    "When I have more firepower than 99 other guys in the race I have to accept it and use it."

    That almost reads like saying you lost because you didn't feel like racing which comes off as a wee bit cocky.

    In reality, I know where you are coming from. There are days when my confidence is there and I feel like I'm the strongest fish in my little pond and my results reflect that confidence. There are other days where I'm timid and race like a loser and my results reflect that. There are lot of strong guys out there - there aren't a lot of strong and aggressive guys out there. You've shown when you mix the two, you have good results.

  • At 4:34 PM , Blogger Argentius said...

    Yeah, I am signed up for the whole thing. I have 2 seperate confirmations, I will have to look into it.

    Adam Blanchard is a machine! He won Ind. valley where I took second, I saw him riding away from the group just as I was getting back onto terms after being caught up in a crash. I could not catch him... and I saw he won KVRR, too. That should be fun.

    Gray, what you're saying makes sense about my "firepower" reference. But if I don't believe, in my own journal, that I am the fastest one there -- at what I do best -- then I have no business being there, y'know? Like I said, if I didn't tell myself that kind of thing regularly, then I'd be far too meek...

    Shoot, this entry has a lot of comments. Better post a new entry instead of just going on here.

  • At 10:48 PM , Blogger K-Man said...

    Although... he just posted he'll be racing Cat 2 so I won't touch his butt. Dunno if he's joking or not. hehe

  • At 12:05 PM , Blogger stokediam said...

    Sounds like "the loser" got into your head, not your legs. Set yourself some goals for WW, something to keep you focused, so you don't just pedal to Waitsburg and back. Remember how much you hate "the loser" and light a spark in your head to banish him. Go out as a 3 like a lion, not a lamb.


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