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Ain't no mountain high enough
Monday, August 23, 2010 - Race Reports
The last few days of the Tour of Utah, which claims to be "American's Toughest Stage Tour (direct quote)," were toeing the line of insanity.

The crit up at Park City on Saturday was the hardest race I've ever done, hands down. It was basically Nevada City backwards, but at 7000 feet.

I hit the wall multiple times while desperately trying to inhale oxygen that just wasn't there. At one point I cracked so deep I was questioning my sanity. On the decent I wondered why I wasn't sitting behind a desk making more money and living life much further away from death.

I ended up rolling in with the second group over a minute down, happy it was over. Judging by the looks at the finish line, I wasn't the only one.

Sunday was the queen stage from Park City to Snowbird. I'd done it twice before so I knew what to expect, pain and suffering

On the roll out Levi brought up my previous post questioning his style. His answer was, "for the stage win." Fair enough. But more importantly, Levi F'n Leipheimer reads my blog!! Is there anything left to accomplish?

As for the race. I got dropped over the top of every climb and caught on again during the descents. Till the final climb up Snowbird, where I just got dropped.

While Ian Boswell managed to finish an outstanding 3rd overall, it was a lack luster race for me. But I was front grouping it more than the last few years so I guess you could call that half full.

Levi Leiphemer reads PaulMach.com!!

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Jim Allison
Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 5:54 am
That crit stage was harder than the long Tour of CA Bear Mtn stage or was it a different kind of hard? Regardless, congrats on navigating about in the darkness of the pain cave and of getting Levi to read. Reading is fundamental.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 12:55 pm
Congrats Paul to you and the Team... Nice
showing by Ian. It was fun following you,
Mooney, Switters, and Jesse.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 12:58 pm
Oh Yeah... Since he reads your Blog.
Congrats to that Levi guy too... : )

Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 1:21 pm
Hey Levi, is it ok if we communicate through the comments section here(@Paulma.ch) from now on? None of the clutter you'd find in your inbox/twitter/sms to deal with, and its about as private as you can get.

Anyway, congrats on the ToU!

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