An Odd Day

Today was weird. I woke up early to the sounds of the Bolton Fire Department springing into action. I heard sirens in the distance. Then, I prepared for my bicycle commute to work. A mile into my ride, I realized I had forgotten to vote in Bolton’s fourth budget referendum of the year. The first three attempts to pass the budget had failed. I backtracked to town hall and placed my vote in support of keeping local government running while avoiding further cuts. Heck, they have to send the tax bills out soon anyway. Why delay. Then, I came across the reason for the sirens. At the Bolton/Manchester line on Finley St., there were more than a dozen fire trucks battling a serious house fire. I read in the afternoon paper that there may have been a fatality. How sad.

Work was work, but it was good work today. However, at the end of the day, a complicated situation presented itself. It will have to be addressed.  

After work, I rode with a teammate to the East Hartford Training Series criterium at Rentschler Field. There were seven of us from the Horst-Benidorm-Property Research Corp. Cycling Team. It was a great turnout for a Tuesday night. The weather was beautiful. We plunked down our $10.00 entry fee, pinned on our numbers, and raced agressively. Unfortunately, there was a serious crash towards the end of the race that injured a couple of our teammates and damaged their equipment. They will heal up and the bikes will get fixed, but the incident highlighted the high stakes of road racing. The sport seems to have the wrong incentives. Athletes who seemingly should have responsibilities that require them to be healthy for the other twenty three hours of the day, somehow set them aside and risk all in an attempt to win a $5.00 prime or to score a point in the summer-long series. This seems to be one of the serious problems that the sport suffers from. This coming weekend, there is a criterium in Providence. The entry fee is $30.00 for the Masters 35+ race. That is expensive. There will be one hundred riders in the race. The prize list is $500.00. The marquis Pro/1/2 race that follows has the same entry fee and a $15,000.00 prize list. For a sport that is dominated by amateurs who, for the most part, do it for fitness and the adrenaline rush, the incentives are wrong and the redistribution of wealth is wrong. Two weeks ago at the Nipmuck Trail Marathon, the men’s and women’s winners got an apple pie. Yes, todya was an odd day.

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