As it turned out I got in so I'm glad I didn't bother to even sweat it. And besides, while the race is great, the aesthetics of The Empire City at 4:30am are extraordinary and leave me w/ impressions I appreciate and enjoy. At this early hour the entire city is a massive cavernous whisper. It's still really dark out and there aren't any people walking around anywhere or cars on the roads or any sounds at all to speak of. As serendipity would have it, this makes for a unique time to see and really take in the City's design vignette, it's incredible scale of handsome yet colossal brick and mortar towers, contemporary & traditional that are enhanced with structural ornament or inlaid with grand art. No distractions. Very amazing.
It's a weird and beautiful scene in a surreal sense and as Jon and I rolled toward the race registration along 5th aveneue then passing the Gutenhiemr the only sound you could hear was the rhythmic 'wugah-wugah' of the Corima MCC wheels on my bike. I almost felt like I was stealthing about in the bedroom of a sleeping Giant because even though you can't see any sign of active human life you can feel a massive beating heart. The place has a pulse. It's palpable and it might even be fair to say NYC has a pulse like no other place in the world. I like NYC a lot but I also have mixed feeling about it. I think it can be good but not good for everyone, not all the time, because NYC can make you or really break you and you get that distinct feeling there. To put it another way, when the sleeping Giant wakes, you can be either kissed or you can be eaten. It all depends on who you are and what you want. Not for nothing, I just can't help but wonder about such things when I'm there.
|5:00 am registration|
The trip home after the race is always cake. Jon can get us out of the city and into Connecticut in under 15 minutes. And this all happens before 10am while you're still basking in the adrenalin haze of racing, sipping down ice cold chocolate milk, waxing life poetic with a friend. Life doesn't get any better. Peace and roll strong.