Thursday, April 22, 2010
After Buttenkill (Vassili decided this would be the Russian-spelling of Battenkill way back in January when the first team schedule was sent to us), I took another visit to Burlington, Vermont for a few days before my New Mexico campaign.
There, I got to spend some quality hours with Olivia and took her for a 2.5+hr bike ride touring the Charlotte and Shelburne areas along the GMBC loop. I was also able to reconnect with Josh Dillon (teammate on Richard's cyclocross program) and take his recent 125cc scoot purchase for an evening spin. I told him that If I were he and he was me, at 100mpg, it could be smart to rig a fork-mount thule bike rack to the back of the scoot (vertically) and use it as economical travel to races around New England. As an amateur racer, living off race winnings and a part-time job is no simple task. I remember (and often still) conjure what seem to be profitable and economical ideas that never come to fruition because they lack in practicality, or, upon a further examination, realistic benefit. Dissect the idea above and one realizes that a scooter only has 1 gas tank (but surely, I could fill up every 75 miles or so...), and that it may be uncomfortable on longer trips and that there is no space for your luggage without paniers, and what if it rains? An alternative vehicle would be necessary. So, is it worth spending $1,500 for a scoot without owning a car before-hand? Probably not.
Another example of this might have been my soap-making business. What's stopping me? Well I don't really have an address I can call my own, presently. That's a problem only because the process takes about 3 weeks and if I find myself in a new location after a few days, I can't be tied down by a bunch of lye, glycerine and hundreds of dollars spent on equipment. However, this doesn't mean it can never happen, it only means I must postpone my arrangements for my newest insanely fast get rich quick scheme until I secure an apartment with Alex in Burlington for the summer.
Until I get back to Burlington, though, I must survive Team Type 1's push in New Mexico. First, the Road Runner Classic Omnium (10km time trial AM, 100km rr PM) will take place this Saturday in Albuquerque (I'm on the plane from Albany International as I type). It sounds as though there will be some press conferences between the race and the American Diabetes Association has indicated they would be interested in having a few riders stop by their expo setup at the race venue. I told them I'd be glad to help continue spread awareness for Type 1 and motivation to live healthy lifestyles by inspiring proper, safe management the disease. I will then drive to Silver City, NM for the Tour of the Gila beginning on April 28th and ending on May 2nd. Rumor has it LANCE will be there. There's nothing like high altitude racing when you're coming from sea-level, but, I enjoy the challenge of rising to the occasion, so, bring it on.
And, in conclusion, I welcome all of my followers to offer me a free, operational vehicle to better my travel around New England while I'm there. I needed to rent a sweet Hyundai Accent from Budget last night to drive down to Albany. I was happy with it's handling, features and level of comfort. I spent most of the time around 50mph and on the highway I found a semi to sit behind at 60mph who then alerted the police that they were being "tailgated." The cop appeared at a turnaround in the median (at which point I was following at a very reasonable distance) and stopped me to tell me this information. Surprised, my reply was "Oh?!" He ran a standard check on my license which nearly rendered me shitless knowing that I've got a speeding ticket in NY state which is pending payment... Chris tells me that NY State now has a warrant for my arrest. Fortunately, I did not get arrested as the State Officer found no record of this insolent behavior of mine. Before the Officer returned my license, he said "Huh, well I guess the truck driver just found it odd that a car was following him at 60mph, but thanks for driving safely." I continued on my merry way well below the speed limit. This morning I filled up before I returned the silver bullet at the airport: I managed 47mpg with the car and spent under $10.00 on gas, which helped me feel better about buying lunch in the airport.