'World Turns' by Secondhand Serenade
I reckon its all just part of the aging paradigm but there's still a melancholy tapestry draped around the process. Regardless of this, it's also a real and undeniable chapter in the book of life we must all face. Managed with grace it can be an awesome and full chapter and wishfully we should all get the chance to read it but many don't get that chance.
Unloading the car I couldn't ignore '51' painted on the concrete at my feet because this number has meaning for me and it caused me to pause and reconsider what I truly wanted out of the day. Thought treeing this further, a seam colored in life's uncertainty and fragility surfaced within me. We can't know for sure where or what we will be in the future and I branched this thread out to the realization that this could be my last chance to race Somerville (The Kentucky Derby of bike racing) or any race for that matter. And in that moment I chose to enter the Pro1 instead of the Masters.
Not everyone has a choice and Scott Rose was one of those guys. He was the coordinator of the local TT series in Concord, MA I have been doing for years. I didn't know Scott well. To me he was just a friendly guy that seemed to really dig bike racing and being involved but I was still shocked and saddened to hear yesterday that he died on Monday in the early evening from a rare immune system disorder he contracted in January. He wasn't quite 50 years old, my same age, and passed away close to the same time that my race in Somerville was ending...
I have raced with Luke and all the Keogh boys (Incl. Jake, Nick, Jesse) since they were entry level Juniors. Here's a picture of me and Luke after the race. Luke is younger than my own son Stephen, which is a real time warp for me....and my second son is also named Luke so I feel more than just a racing connection with their family. Because of this it's more of a thrill to see these kids accomplish such feats in this sport and to share in their pride as well. I think I was happier for Luke than he was for himself. Super cool. That trophy sits in the Cycling Hall of Fame and is inscribed with huge names of past winners from 1940-2012 that echo in the chambers of American cycling folk lore. Congratulations Luke and the Mtn Bike Khaki Team.
Peace and roll strong!