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I eat my lunch at a university, sometimes
Monday, August 25, 2008 - Race Reports
Ouch!!While Michael Phelps was probably just flirting with a girl from UC Santa Cruz, I was actually racing there. This was my 6th race at the university in 3 years, the most recent being back in March. I have a good record amongst collegians but haven't raced well against the big boys until now.

Last year this race was more like a workout Michael Phelps must do every day. 10 VO2 Max intervals followed by 9 recovery laps (yes, I got lapped). This year I wasn't coming off a 6 week break so was hoping to be a little more competitive.

The day stared with a 4am wake up call. That's when Michael Phelps wakes up and that's what it was going to take to get me to Santa Cruz on time. During the drive, I scanned through radio stations looking for some Hip Hop and Rap because that's what Michael Phelps listens to but could only find Country.

Showed up to the race to see Tony Cruz, Jackson Stewart, Neil Shirley, Jared Barrilleaux and 8 Cal-Giant in the parking lot. I was glad Michael Phelps wasn't there because he would have kicked all our butts.

The race was 20 laps and the first 10 were pretty mellow. Everyone was looking at Cal-Giant to set the pace. They played their usual game and sent James up the road so they could just focus on covering attacks. The pros and other strong riders quickly realized this and were waiting till the last few laps to make their move.

I got bored of the slow pace and with 4 laps to go I attacked. This worked well the last time I tried it. Mark from Cal-Giant was 20 seconds up the road and I caught him in a lap. Then I caught Greg the triathlete, who was another 40 seconds ahead, 2 laps later.

The last lap I dug deep to hold off Neil Shriley from Jittery Joe's for the win. At the line I tried to give my best Michael Phelps impression but it fell short. Can anyone really compare to Michael Phelps? Being part of the local media, I hope that this post fulfills my obligations to the phenomenon that is Phelps.

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Monday, August 25, 2008, 9:15 pm
Congrats on what sounds like a fine ride.

We are going to get some shirts made. They are going to be black. They will have white writing. The front will say:
The back will say:
Michael Phelps dived for our sins.

Seems like the press love him that much.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 9:22 am
you forgot to mention the motivation you received on the last lap from the guy you lapped. COME ON man you know you couldn't have held it otherwise.

Chaz Michael Michael's Dad
Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 3:12 pm
WWMD? What Would Mach Do? I think you're good, but come-on!

First of all, He'd kick my @ss up a hill.

I heard Phelps really listens to Weird Al to get pumped-up. That's what the great athletes do. I know you have the music so you should, too. Wait, I know someone from the Aggies that received a Paper Plate Award for doing just that sort of thing! Amazing! That person must be awesome! Although, that person would have to actually ride a bike to be awesome.

john heiss
Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 10:05 pm
"I got bored of the slow pace" Yeah, I can't even fathom how slow those pros must have been going. I would have attacked too, I heard Cruz is fat and slow right now anyhow.

alan rowland
Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 11:32 pm
congrats on another great win Paul...way to man up and solo away while Phelps is beating guys by like only milliseconds. He sucks at math too.

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