Try Try Again

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Bike | 3 Comments

The finish line of the 2015 Crusher was right there.

“Just a bit more work, and a PR is in the books!”

The day had gone perfectly. Smooth roads. Cloudy skies. And legs that wouldn’t quit.

“You got this!”

All the day-dreaming had become real.

It was the best race I’d ever ridden.

“6 miles to–”


“No! No no no no!”

All gone. In the blink of an eye.

It was a strange flat tire. Not your standard puncture or sidewall cut. “You can hop in the truck.” said a course marshall. “Nah. It’s only 6 miles. I’ll hoof it.”*

I had some time to think while I walked, racer after racer zipping by. And I wondered:

Which is worse? Great legs ruined by a mechanical, or bad legs all day long?

In this case, the mechanical stung. I was only 20 minutes from the finish line. I was on pace to crush my current PR.

However, the legs were there. And legs don’t lie.

But still, that PR was right there.

I guess I’ll just need to show up next year and try try again.

*Eventually I got a tube that held just enough air. In all, I walked about 5 miles.



  1. Elden
    July 14, 2015

    So, speculate for us: without the flat, what do you think your finish time would have been?

    • Grizzly Adam
      July 15, 2015

      Based on where the guys I had been riding with finished, and my results in years past, I think I would have been in the 5:00 to 5:10 range. 5:18 is my PR.

      • Elden
        August 4, 2015

        Wow. You were HAULING. Somehow that makes the mechanical sadder.

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