Even with this 'oh, whoa is me', feeling there are still things to be thankful for:
1) A great local bike shop that provides excellent customer service and timely repairs
2) A cycling community that respects each other and enjoys the diversity our county has to offer
3) Those willing to teach others new skills when it comes to a bike
4) Living in this fine country where a hobby such as collecting old bicycles is relatively easy
5) The Internet for providing immeasurable resources for that old bicycle hobby
6) Courteous drivers (for the most part) in our county that help make cycling such an enjoyable activity
7) The hopes of dropping more weight to make hill climbing easier.
8) An awesome family that allows me to ride as much as I can
During this early season of winter I've also had time to ponder some things about professional cycling:
- If Nascar has the "silly season" where teams undergo big off season personnel changes (drivers and team members) than what the heck is it called in the cycling world. The sheer number of team changes (riders and sponsors) is incredible.
- The politics of the sport is ridiculous. Alberto Contador tests positive for a banned substance and blames it on beef - yeah, right. Instead of the UCI coming down on him or being the primary sanctioning body it goes back to Spain's governing body for cycling. Now, that's an impartial group.
- The US Postal/Lance Armstrong doping investigation is picking up steam. Did Lance dope - probably. Do I care - no, he never tested positive. That's one thing Contador can never say.
- I thoroughly enjoy reading about guys like Levi Leipheimer jumping on a mountain bike and dominating a race. That just shows how incredible their athletic ability is.