|The King of Justifying the Mediocre...Courtesy Karen WH|
The Zero Principal:
For example, getting lapped by the leader but simultaneously lapping someone else cancels each other out. -1 + 1 = zero. Shazam! You’re even, mathematically, on the lead lap (of your competition). Think of it like being graded on a bell curve, drop the first and last rider and you passed! Getting lapped while lapping someone else also sounds sort of dirty.
This year’s OVCX Elite field is way harder than it’s ever been. As the PR guy for OVCX, I partly blame myself for this. My freelance job for OVCX is to entice more people to dip their knobbies in the goodness of cross. Consequently, my writing and riding talents counter each other. The harder I race, the better I do. The better I write, the worse I do.
St. Mary’s Child Care Cross (OVCX #2) was a great example. Looking at the results, friggin’ Chris Uberti raced cross yesterday. Friggin’ Chris Uberti finished 19th. Pretty sure Friggin’ Chris Uberti is getting free pants because word on the street is he signed with Team Mountain Khakis last week. Friggin’ Chris Uberti reads this blog. Friggin’ coincidence? I THINK NOT!
What have I done and where are MY free pants?
I finished 45th yesterday, sadly my “grey beard” racing age. I also was lapped by the leader Josh Johnson. Yet somehow I was able to text my wife after the race with the good news:
“45th out of like 70ish not too shabby, better than last week’s 53rd…only 1 guy (neo-pro) lapped me. LOL. Rode well. Felt Good. So good day in all. Be home 8pish. XOXO.”
The bright side of my race is that I finished 7 places higher than last week and I actually lapped someone else. Sadly it was my own teammate, but whatever. I’ll take it Brian. You’re the ying to my yang.
Aside from The Zero Principal there are other ways to rationalize getting lapped.
|Mechanicals Count. Courtesy Karen WH|
The DNS Natty Natty Boo Boo Bonus:
Beating those that did not start (DNS) is a bonus. According to USA Cycling I finished 45th out of 60 starters. In my book, counting the ten or so no shows it was more like 45th out of 70. I’m counting them because I had the nards to lie to my wife and say I'd be home at 8pm when it was more like 9pm, suck up my case of the cough & sniffles, ignore my laundry, postpone my obligations and got my butt to the startline. If someone is a no-show, you automatically beat them. Sadly, one of my teammates didn’t show. There was some confusion as to our carpool plans and BioWheels Steven Gers ended up staying home. While I missed his wry wit on the drive to Indy, in my head I was one rider ahead before I even left Cincinnati. Ba bam!
The Joey’s Okay DNFinition:
Anyone who drops out of a race (DNF) due to a mechanical, illness or injury still counts as being behind you. Cringe. Offer a sympathetic “you okay dude,” then carve another notch in your carbon bars. Joey’s okay…and you beat him. You didn’t case the barriers, you didn’t take a stake to the knuckles, your bike was set up and working beautifully. You’re soo awesome.
|A Touch of Grey Beards courtesy Karen WH|
The Grey Beard Rule:
Sure you got lapped, but if the dudes that lapped you were in a different category, it doesn’t really count. For example, if you’re racing Masters in a combined field with Elite racers, you’re not lapped until a Grey Beard passes you. Technically I got lapped the first week of OVCX when Masters leader Fred Rose passed me. Yesterday with only Neo-Pro Josh Johnson getting past me, I did not. Same goes for categories. If you’re a cat 3 and get lapped by Cat 1 and 2 riders, you’re still golden in my book.
The Look Like A Leader Rule:So you got lapped fair and square, say the top 7 guys in the field gave you the “leader back” shout. Remember to the unsuspecting spectator, you look like you finished 8th. Look the part. Zip up your jersey, put your hands in the drops and roar across the finish line and own it with confidence champ! Next week you may only get lapped by one guy and look like you finished 2nd!