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Twice over the continental divide
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - Race Reports
Another stage between 7,700 and 12,000 ft. What a vacation.

I tried my hand at the break, but it took a while to recover between acceleration and I missed it. There was a crash at the cattle guard near the beginning. Some one's wheel got caught in the little gap and it ended badly.

The first climb went easy but it rained on the decent. That was unnecessary. The second climb was harder. I got dropped during the acceleration at about 10,800 ft (according to the data) and rolled it in, slowly but it was not easy. It rained again on the decent.

The fans up there on Independence Pass were out of control. Over the top there was just one bike width of room. It was cool.

I finished feeling decent. My analogy is if you can't put the accelerator all the way down you won't ruin the engine. That's how I felt at altitude.

Here's a fun fact. The race bible suggests Diamox for Acute Mountain Sickness. Unfortunately acetazolamide, the active ingredient, is a banded substance. Oops.


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Mike
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 10:40 am
I'm guessing anyone suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness isn't going to give a rip about the banned substance list, its nasty stuff from what I read. And I'm less sure but reasonably certain getting a TUE for it (and having it accepted, even retroactively) wouldn't be an issue.

Always loving the inside take you dish out though - thanks for posting, as ever

Chaz Michael Michael's Dad
Thursday, August 25, 2011, 2:21 pm
Hate those banded substances. I think the altitude really is messing with your mind...or at least that of your Droid.

Paul
Friday, August 26, 2011, 9:08 am
Yeah, Mike, I'm not to confident it would play out that way. You'd get your name slandered all over the internet and then maybe, after hiring a lawyer and months of stress, they'd start to think about letting you off.

After that, not only would your cycling career be ruined, but any other career. A good employer would google you and find you "might have cheated" and pass you up for the next guy.

That's the problem with false positives in doping. If the result is wrong you're not just ending their cycling career, you're limiting them in future careers as well.

This is what scares me the most. I don't dope, but if some sample gets messed up, my PhD becomes worthless.





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