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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@thecubscouts #pinewoodderby never gets old. Pack 157 Bolton, Connecticut #cubscouts So that little injury caused by my @renocxnats crash on Saturday afternoon wasn’t so little after all. It’s a broken leg (fibula). Prognosis is good, but it hurts like heck. My blog post report with blow by blow details is linked in my profile. #cxnats #teamhorstsports @horsteng #crossspikes #crossisboss - - -

This #lifedeathcyclocross stuff is true!!!! I crashed out of the Singlespeed Championship @renocxnats (on the dreaded off-camber) but not before having more fun. @artroti43 raced on the frosty course ❄️ at day break. 🚴🏽 We met a lot more @horsteng #crossspikes customers. I hung with little bunny hopper 🐰 Miles, the Junior 11-12 year old Silver Medalist.🥈I cheered for Nic, who represented @the_ccap in the Junior 15-16 age group. @sportstert and Iva came down from Tahoe to cheer LOUDLY for me. 🎺 I got my badly sprained ankle taped and iced. I had a beer. 🍺 I’m even looking forward to my red eye flight home ✈️ . Best of all, I’ll see @trailrunningmom and the kids on Sunday. I can’t explain the sensation, but despite the pain, I’m ready for next #Cyclocross season to begin... after some rest. #teamhorstsports #cxnats #horstengineering @parkavebikeshop #crossisboss #lifedeathcyclocross #crossiscoming You could say that at least for this week, I’m married to my #bicycle - - -

@renocxnats #cxnats @seven_cycles #sevencycles #teamhorstsports #horstengineering #crossspikes @horsteng #chapelofthebells #Cyclocross #lifedeathcyclocross Good day representing @horsteng at @renocxnats in the 45-49 age group. It’s a great course. The wind was blowing hard, but the sun finally came out. I’m happy with 37th place but should have made a move to get to 29th, which was 30 seconds ahead. That’s a long way when you are going flat out and cramping. 4,500 foot elevation was a factor. I’m disappointed that they cut one lap of my race when I wasn’t close to getting lapped by the leaders. You train this hard and come all this way; and you want to get the most racing for the $ and time invested. They only let 25 riders do the full six laps. The only positive to come out of that was that I watched fellow New Englander @adammyerson execute a perfect final sprint to win the Stars and Stripes again. Teammate @artroti43 had a good ride too. 
@seven_cycles #sevencycles #horstengineering #teamhorstsports @bicycleseastct #crossspikes #cxnats #renocxnats #Cyclocross #crossisboss @therichardsachs didn’t have the race he hoped for but it was still great to see him @renocxnats and “pit” for him. He said he officially started his second off season, but first of 2018. @artroti43 and I played soigneur/mechanic for 90 minutes, but minus the massage! atmo #renocxnats #richardsachs #teamhorstsports @horsteng #crossspikes #hauteframebuilding #Cyclocross #crossisboss #lifedeathcyclocross I previously hadn’t published this image, but it recently received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 @appalachianmountainclub Photo Contest for the People Outdoors category. Check out my blog (link in profile) for the interesting story of his photo (shot with this iPhone 6s), a trip report from this amazing Maine adventure, and past contest history. I love this image of two of my favorite women. I’m barred from submitting images to the 2018 contest, but I’ll be back in 2019. #appalachianmountainclub #baxterstatepark #katahdin Congratulations to Master Park, the Park Family, and the entire team at Park’s U.S. #Taekwondo at the Grand Opening of the new facility in the former VFW building. Our kids love it! So much better than being next door to the pawn shop and liquor store.😊#tkd 🇺🇸🇰🇷 This morning, the @trinitycollege Main Quad was bathed in beautiful sunshine ☀️but it was frigid and the wind was blowing! ❄️ The chapel was packed with an overflow crowd to celebrate the (shortened) life of a lovely friend. She will be missed. #circleoflife 🌏

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