A text conversation with Ed aka Cheese:
EA: I've got a proposition for you...we'll talk tonight
RM: No Ed, I will not sleep with you
EA: Now I'm getting mixed signals
My beard right now is completely out of control. I can't remember the last time I shaved. For starters, I don't have a need to shave everyday right now. And also razors are expensive and I'm lazy. It'll be going away for this weekend's race though.
I forgot to mention in my race post that I also rocked my sweet new aero helmet, another gift from the team. I had always been anti-aero helmets cause they made people look like complete tools, or at least like Dark Helmet in Spaceballs. But as peer pressure often accomplishes, I caved. In some of these races the difference can be seconds, and you've got to give yourself every advantage. So the answer to the age-old question is yes, I would in fact jump off a bridge if everyone else in the race was doing it. And if the water was borderline boiling but they gave it a nice measure at 77 degrees and everyone was wearing a wetsuit, I would too.
Columbia 2009 is shaping up to be the sickest competition the race has ever seen. It is totally stacked. The collective CV of the pros is absurd, I wish my real resume looked like it. The open division is enormous and there are tons of super competitors. I'll be happy if I can just do about the same as last year, and hopefully the knee won't give me much problem.