Monday, February 6, 2012

Eminence

Saturday morning I watched in frustration as my water bottle skidded along the roadside at 26 mph.  The fact that I dropped it didn't bother me as much as the banchee effort it would take to rejoin the group of six that didn't look like it was going to slow down.  I was on point when the bottle dropped so everyone saw it happen but they kept the pressure high and even jacked it a little and were rapidly disappearing down the road.  This was my first time on this ride but I'm pretty decent at recognizing group dynamics so the fact they didn't wait confused me.

As it turned out we were just a couple miles from this ride's coffee stop where they roll hard.  It would have been nice if someone mentioned that but hey no big deal it worked out pretty well.  Keith waited for me.  He hadn't done the ride before either so we figured the guys were trying to drop us, which seemed like a real bitchy move so we jammed a blazing 2 man tt for about 5 minutes and rolled up on them just before they stopped.  Keith likes to suffer & can really fly.  It was my fastest 2 miles so far this year and it felt good to open up for a little. The cycling gods must have a random sense of humor too or something because The Dead's Good Lovin' was tapping in perfect mind flow matching my rpm's.  It was fun and a great overall ride!

We were out for about 5 hours and finished at 3pm.  I was even more psyched too because I was headed directly to the New Balance Track&Field Grand Prix at 5:30 and it didn't disappoint.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  It was a 3 hour meet that felt like 45 minutes.  A highlight was probably Jenn Suhr's new American indoor record for women's pole vault.  She cleared 16.0 feet.  I was standing close by watching.  16 feet looks impossible.  It's ridiculously high but she cleared it strongly and in neat fashion.

Afterwards Keith & I headed to the Lenox Hotel in Boston for an NB sponsored gathering for VIP's and athletes.  The Lenox is at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston St.  Keith's friend Marc Davis needed a ride over so he hopped in my car.  Driving over and looking for parking I learned Marc is the communication manager for the Boston Marathon.  We had a lot more to talk about too because he is moving to Boston from the same part of Northern Virginia where I grew up.  Marc and I got to the Lenox before the others and had time to talk together over a few pints which was great. Marc is very humble.  He didn't tell me but it turns out he is also this guy.  Enough said.

New Balance Product Manager Claire also joined into the swelling fray and shared cool insights around NB's transition to the pinnacle of the elite running shoe market from their cross trainer multipurpose image of the past and also provided great detail to us about her near fatal accident with a Q-tip and the copious benefits of hot yoga. Here's to that, Cheers!

World class athletes were in and out all night. I felt privileged to be there, truly.   We closed the place at 2am.  All in all is was a killer day.  Day's like this don't come along all that often so I took it all in and walked away inspired and thankful.

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