When the alarm went off, I went to get up and immediately writhed in pain. My ribs hurt. A lot. I could also feel a little bump where I was sore. I've known the rib is injured. Yesterday I taped it and managed pretty well. Today, I thought I'd go to the race MASH unit and see if they could do an even better job. As I got up and moved around, the pain subsided to a dull ache. I walked up to the doc and said, "I think I cracked a rib. I've been racing the past two days with it, but maybe you can help me out." He had me bend forward a bit and started knocking on my ribs. "You don't have to do that man. I can show you where Air Max 95 Premium Tape
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We got off the ferry and got ready for the day at hand. Today's stage started with yet another paved uphill climb leading to a dusty fireroad ascent. Unlike the previous days, there wasn't a whole lot of charging off the line. Like yesterday, Mike and I started off briskly, but not blazingly hot. At this point, four days in, there were legions of tired legs pedaling up the hill. My back was tight and tired and sore. But as we continued climbing, it loosened up a bit and I could feel that it would be a pretty good day if we kept it together. The hardest part of the day was the first section of dry, thin, rocky trail after the initial climb. We were all together in a giant train that was pumping at locomotive speed. And I was hating every second of it. Scared to death, aching all over, and feeling on the verge of tears, I just put my head down and did what I know how to do: Look ahead and ride loose. It worked. Mike, who had been behind me the whole way turned to me in the first clearing and said, "You rode awesome there. How are you feeling?" "Scared and hurt, but I'm getting there." "Don't push yourself harder than you want. But you're riding confident and great."
I wish I could give a better description of the rest of the day, but it was a blur of hot sun, long dusty roads, loamy Air Max Green And Grey fresh cut trail winding through massive pines, tons of climbing and what seemed like billions of bridges. Sometimes I felt absolutely fine, climbing strong and flowing with the trail in comfort. Sometimes I had to take the team pace back so my searing back muscles could settle down. We went off course once and the final stretch was longer than advertised, by about 10K (which was making me very cranky, as I got hungrier and hungrier), but Air Max Shoes Amazon
That was not to be this morning.
and kept rapping until he hit the tender spot. "Ouch!" "Yep. Cracked." I turned and looked at him and saw the look in his face. It said, "You want to continue?" I didn't give him a time to let the words leave his lips. "I'm here. I want to finish this. It doesn't hurt that much." He consulted with another medic and they agreed the spot of the crack wasn't too perilous, but implored me to not go tumbling down any downhills again. I nodded, explained I was walking anything sketchy and asked to please be taped up. The doc did a bang up job and sent me on my way.
all in all it was a good one. I've always contended that we can do more than we think. If nothing else, this race is proving me right.
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