Big VERGE series races this past weekend: Farmington on Sat and Northampton on Sunday. Saturday's course was tough, one very long dirt climb that sucked the spirit right out of me. I rode alright, got 27th but didn't feel I was pushing that hard. Saturday was at LookPark, a place I used to go when I was a boy to ride the swan boats. The race started well, I was with a group fighting it out for 12th before I caught a flat. The flat came at a good time, I wasn't going to be able to hang with that group, and it was a good excuse for not keeping a good placing.
Tomorrow night is the PMC check presentation. Let's hope for $30 million raised. I'm getting my fundraising strategy together even earlier this year since I know I'm doing it this time. Last year was a spur of the moment decision... kind of. In 2008 there will be some slight changes. I think I'll stay "off campus" in Bourne. It was cool being there, but when you arrive before 11 am it makes for a long day of free food and walking around. I'll stay for lunch & the massage and then meet up with Ali and the kids to spend the rest of the day in town. Sleep in a real bed (tents just aren't for me). Likewise in P-town, arriving amongst the first is a backhanded honor... I got there at 9:45 am only to discover that the beer tent didn't open until noon!! Killer. I'm also considering riding from the NY/Mass border to Judy's on Thursday and then from Judy's to Sturbridge on Friday, all before the actual PMC starts. Gotta get a lift way out west for that though.... We'll see. So there will be changes to the game plan but I'm psyched already, even for the fundraising. It is a great cause that Ali and I really beleive in.