I went back for more X-rays on Friday, and the news was good – the pneumothorax is about 50% healed. I don’t really feel that much better, though. The busted rib is still very painful – I need to stay on top of the Vicodin to keep it from becoming excruciating, which means I can’t drive or go to work. I can’t lay down in my bed, either, which means I’ve had to sleep in my chair (where I spend the whole day, too). Once I find a comfortable position, I don’t feel that bad, and I can walk around okay, too, but getting up, sitting down, reaching for something, coughing, laughing, blowing my nose, showering, ad infinitum are really difficult. I was hoping I would only need a few days to go back to work, but after a full week at home next week is also looking doubtful. I’m bored out of my mind sitting in this chair, and everytime I try to read something I end up falling asleep. I know it will eventually pass, but getting there is a bitch!
I thought now would be a good opportunity to review the season. Results-wise last season was better (two wins, including a championship jersey and 2nd overall at the Kansas State Time Trial) – I didn’t do as many races this season or get a “big win”, mostly because June and July were spent on hiatus while I trained for L’Etape du Tour and followed the Tour de France. I also found myself debating whether to continue Cat3 racing or get more into Masters racing and ended up straddling the fence, trying a few Masters races here and there but racing Cat3 in the bigger races. The early season did not start off well – I had gotten in a good campaign of winter training but then got sick in early spring and missed a critical training block just as the season was starting. As a result, I wasn’t quite on form by the the time State Road Race rolled around, and I ended up losing the leaders on the final climb. I did win the previous day’s time trial, but that race was disappointingly poorly attended (not to mention the promotor’s bounced check!). In June I started logging big miles with lots of climbing to train for L’Etape du Tour, including a string of four consecutive 100+ mile rides on the four weekends leading up to the race. That training paid off with a much better than expected result and an incredible three weeks of riding in France. Even better than my result was getting to say I beat Greg Lemond! Coming back from France, however, I found it hard to get motivated for the same old local 4-corner crits – they just didn’t appeal to me after conquering the Pyrrennes and riding the Mediterranean coast – so I remained on hiatus until the ABR Masters Time Trial. I thought I had a chance to win a second jersey, but my time was exactly 1 minute off the pace and I had to settle for 4th.
So anyway, here are this years results:
My only real disappointment was not getting a chance to defend my State TT title and try to extend my streak of three straight jerseys. Next year I’ll definitely want to try to start a new streak. In general, I still need to decide on Cat3 or Masters – part of me still wants to race Cat3 because of the friends that I’ve come up through the ranks with, but I also find the smaller but generally more savvy fields of Masters racing appealing. Maybe I’m just looking for a change of pace.