Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Tuesday Night TT

I went out to the Tuesday night time trial last night. My legs were trashed from racing and riding Sunday and then running Monday and some crazy zombie kick and jumps at Masters practice. I was not expecting a stellar performance. I was tired. And it was the boy's last night in town. I knew he was packing up the U-Haul with his buddy. The last time I'd been to the TT was the night he called me up and said "Are you in the car? Is this an ok time to talk?....We're going to Connecticut".

My head was all over the place. So brought the iPod. But I rode a warm up lap with my buddy Todd...and then I ran into a bunch of my guys at the start - Kevin, Barry, Smitty, Brian, James... We joked and laughed and carried on.

I dug deep. Set a new PR by 12 seconds.

They were all benig slow to change clothes for a T run. I razzed them. Kevin picked me up, threw me over his shoulder, spun me around, attempted to convince Barry to smack my ass...but Barry knows better, that I would smack back. There was lots of laughter.

And we ran. And I talked to Todd about running. And his stride and what I do to relax and the importance of good stride.

I got in my car, checked my phone, had a couple emails. Training partners wanting to know about the move, questioning where I'm headed, what I'm doing, how I could leave them, somewhat in jest.

And I know they're happy for me, but for the first time, i got a little sad. I mean, I'm overjoyed about the opportunity I have and adventures that lie ahead and all the things I'm getting to experience. But there is a part of me that has grown to love the people here. I've grown attached. And it breaks my heart a little to leave them. And to know that I'll be missed.


Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats on the PR.

Its tough moving, 3 years ago I left my life in Arizona of 17 years and moved to Ohio with no friends or family. You will make new friends and you will always have your old friends back home, its not like you wont be coming back to visit. Adventure is exciting, I wish you luck on the transition.

Kim said...

big change - but a great one. your friends will always be your friends. and you get to make some new ones along the way to CT! :)

TRI-james said...

Change is hard but almost always for the best.

Colleen said...

Congrats on the PR! :)

You are doing the right thing... and they can always come visit! :)

Melissa said...

Good luck in your new adventures. Training partners know us best! You will definately miss them.

Mark said...

Ah TT's and ass-smackings... good times!