|Corporate Challenge 8k|
Scottsdale, AZ - March 4, 2000
The race started out fast with Jeff Neal taking the lead and myself
hanging on to his draft. We took the first right turn a little easy to
avoid the chalk arrow. As we started aroung the Mayo Clinic we were
still going hard as it came my turn to pull I could already feel that my
mouth had completely dried out due to the warm day and low humidity. I
was not pulling as hard as Jeff and I was really thinking that I should
have had my water with me. Larry Griese came along and the lead pack now
was the three of us.
Jeff took another hard pull and it was hurting me. Larry also looked a
little stressed. I was doing my pull as we turned back onto the main
road. There was a noticable headwind at this point. The pull rotation
had worked out to be Jeff, Larry, and me.
Jeff was in control of the pack at this point and I could tell that he
was just waiting for the right time to breakaway. He had offered that we
thae 15 stroke pulls and I was eager for the shorter pulls. But Larry
must have not understood... he started counting both feet and pulled off
at 7 (sure!...). I could tell that Jeff was likely to drop me but Larry
had me bluffed by taking slow pulls. After the 2 1/2 mile point I had
just finished a hard pull and had pulled to the side when Jeff made his
break. It was perfectly timed so that I hadn't the energy to stay with
him and I fell behind. Larry was doing his best to keep up but only
succeded in gaining a little distance on me before falling off of Jeffs
draft. Jeff kept gaining distance through most of the race and
finished way ahead of us. He's an ANIMAL!!!
Meanwhile back at the losers struggle, I had caught up to Larry and was
busy pulling his sorry A-- back to the finish line. He was milking it
all the way.. I seem to remember a little lesson on team tactics that
Howard and I had taught them at this race last year.
Well this time the skates were on the other foot. Larry would do a slow
pull and I would do a fast pull, all the while more "Predators" were
gaining on us. I couldn't wait for them to catch us so I would pull
hard. I tried to shake Larry off of my drafT but he had his radar
latched onto me and wouldn't fall back.. He had a nice ride on my A--
right up to the finish line where he then jumped out around me and got
by me easily for the finish. I took third place.
Back in the rest of the race there was Eric. He was in a pack next to
Hunter. Hunter had crashed into a "cone" and picked up a good sized
helping of roadrash earlier in the race. Eric and Hunter both came into
the U-turn but Hunter was running a little hot and didn't quite hold it
through the turn. Eric made it out fine but Hunter hit the curb and
landed on her shoulder and picked up a double dose of roadrash hash!.
She is truly an animal, She got right back up and continued the race.
She finished 3 in her age...The next day X-Rays showed no broken bones.
She still beat me at a game of Air Hockey... She is an ANIMAL!!
Overall the race was a great success everyone came out of it a little
bit wiser, or at least I did. The "Predators" were most gracious in
their win and didn't rub it in (anymore than they could). The SDSE
thank Mark and Michelle for their hospitality and for putting us up, or
putting up with us.