Today's finish started with a 12 mile drop into the Petit Jean Valley before circling Mt. Magazine to climb up the backside. I came into the last 3K with the leaders, made a counter move on a Mercy rider with 2K to go, and got caught with 1K to go. Oh well, I made a stab at the stage and it failed. Still, I have a good GC time.
The view from "The Lodge" at the top of Mt. Magazine was incredible. Top it off with wonderful temps and weather......I just wanted to stay up there. It was a great stage and the 15 mile climb to the line was wonderful. This race has been less stressful because I don't know the course and I have been dealing with the massive issue of the bug bite. It is funny because the doctors ask me if my body is sore? Of course it is. I just got done with the Joe Martin Stage Race and climbing for 15 miles. It is pretty hard to diagnose this with the race going on. Am I tired? yep. Am I sore? yep. Does my heart rate change? yep. It goes on and on and on. So, I figure 14 days on the antibiotic will be the way to go.
Now, is Floyd a simple moron? Come on. This is like a soap opera. For once I am siding with LeMond on this one.
102.5 mountain stage tomorrow. I love it! Ciao -Ian