Warning: This is totally a self-indulgent post. It's the kind of thing that if I were to read on another's blog I'd click away quickly between dry heaves. So, if someone else's self-indulgence is not your thing (and what blog isn't self-indulgent, really?), click away now. Please.
Last year I posted a mid-year race resume that, despite a fine win and a feel-good third, I described as a resume of mediocrity. Looking back, I'm not sure that was fair. Those two results alone, well, they still stand out in the memory as fine finishes. I mean, let's be clear: I race to win. So when a win comes, regardless of the race, it's a success.
But this year has been even better. USAC says a 3-to-2 upgrade takes 25 points, but that 40 points is an automatic upgrade (in a 12 month period). In the 15 weeks (10 events) between March 10 and June 17 I racked up 47 points. Last year over the same period I raced 13 events and earned 13 points.
Anyway, here's the resume (recorded for posterity, and not because I'm faster than you...but, if you didn't upgrade this summer, I might be):
DATE RACE FIELD PLACING FIELD SIZE POINTS
3.10 Grant's Tomb 3 only 3rd ~100 4 pts
3.17 Philly Phlyer 3-4 dnf
4.01 Morgantown RR 3-4 2nd 59 (48 3's) 6 pts
4.14 Battenkill 3 only 20th 107
4.22 Fort Ritchie Classic 3 only 2nd 12 3 pts
4.29 Prospect Park CR 3-4 2nd 50+ (> 50 3's) 4 pts
5.05 Turkey Hill 3-4 35th ~100
5.12 Poolesville RR 3 only 26th ~70
5.28 Killington SR 3 only 6th (GC) 80+ 10 pts
6.17 Tour of Wash Co 3-4 1st (GC) 70+ (> 50 3's) 20 pts
Since the upgrade, I've raced once.
7.07 Allan Butler Memorial 1-2-3 5th 20+ 1 pt
I won't lie, I feel pretty good about this resume. And that GC win? Well, that was awesome. (Also, I know I would have had a top 10 at Battenkill without the mechanical problems.)
The problem, however, is that the Cat 3 field has been such a comfortable place to hang out. I doubt I'll say the same of the 2 field in a couple of years. Sigh...
Thank goodness for masters.