Does luck (good and bad) really run in threes? You decide.
I really wanted to crack the top 5 this year at the Masters Nationals. Anything less would leave me disappointed. I felt good warming up, but then 10 minutes before the start the wind kicked up, then the rain came. The only time it rained all day.
Out on the course my legs never opened up. It was a struggle the entire way. I was discouraged at the finish, thinking no way was my time good enough for top 5. After cooling down, I was surprised when a couple of people congratulated me on the results. I finished in 5th place. By one second.
After a time trial you always think about where you lost time. In this case, somewhere along the way, I did just enough to make the 1 second I needed:
1 Thurlow Rogers 00:49:50.30 Amgen Giant Masters
2 Mark Swartzendruber 00:50:42.10 Lucas Oil Cycling Team
3 Kevin Metcalfe 00:51:03.90 Team Specialized Racing
4 Roger Friend 00:51:51.80 Monticello Velo Club
5 Brian Batke 00:52:12.30 Team Columbus
6 Brendan Sullivan 00:52:13.60 GTC
Later, I went to the Louisville Bats (Triple-A) baseball game. A great way to spend a warm summer evening. There actually were live bats flying around above the stadium at dusk.
I got in line at the ticket window. While waiting, a guy walked up and offered me an extra ticket he had but couldn’t use. He wouldn’t take any money.
While at the game, I decided a beer would be a good idea. I passed on the Bud at the big stands, and instead went to a smaller stand selling Guinness, Sam Adams, Pislner Urquell, etc. I got in line, at which point the guy at the front decided to buy for everyone who was in line (I was the last one). He was in Louisville on business and apparently was feeling generous.
Oh, and I found free parking on the street (I guess that makes 4).
(*) When interviewed after winning Paris-Roubaix, Johan Musseuw said, in English, “to win Paris-Roubaix, you must have the lucky. Sometimes you don’t have the lucky. Today I have the lucky”. One of my all-time favorite cycling quotes.