This weekend is probably the hardest weekend of racing for me this year. I am sure you have heared, Gerlach is in town, and I told him I would do 6 hours with him Monday. That is before he and 100 plus other pros unleashed a whipping of pain for a combined 170+ miles over 2 races.
Have you ever been suffering so bad that you start loosing your bike handling capabilities?
I guess it is cool to be fit enough to be able to push yourself to the limit where your balance, dextarity and hand eye cordination start to be impared. In the back of my mind though, I tell myself it is cooler to finish - with the highest result possible, so that next year I can improve on it. After these last two weeks of racing, I am going to be flying I think.
There were times during the races where I thought, 'this is great, these ARE the real races, and I am participating!" That make me smile.