Busy Week

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The Tour of Kansas City is officially over. Shad Smith won the overall and gets his name on the trophy. I ended up finishing 3rd overall in some weird tie breaking way. I finished a miserable 3rd yesterday in the final race so I guess a 3rd, 6th and 9th = 3rd overall. And by miserable, I mean that I felt miserable most of the day.

I got off the front early with Kent Woermann, Team Colavita/Parisi Coffee and Austin Vinton, Mercy. I felt better before the race and mildly better early, but never got close to going good. I keep getting a super debilitating side ache. Maybe it was a combination of the heat, which was off the charts, and riding lousy.

We stayed together until the end. Kent put in a couple hard digs, but it wasn’t until Austin jumped on the final tailwind uphill that I realized it wasn’t going to be good for me. He put a pretty good gap on me and I couldn’t claw my way back. The finish was downhill a couple hundred meters, so it was over. Kent got shelled a bit, so I sat up and let him get 2nd on the day. He was doing the majority of the work and deserved the result. Austin is getting better and better as the season progresses. He’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with soon.

So that is over. I’m planning on eating a bunch of yogurt and probiotics and see how I feel next weekend at Tour of Lawrence. If you have nothing to do next weekend, you should consider making your way over this way. The race is great. Racing in downtown on Mass. St. doesn’t get any better. And the circuit race on KU campus is the best course I race all year, and close to the hardest. I think we’re doing just 55 miles with something like 9000 ft. of climbing.

I’m taking Trudi to the airport now. She is flying to the Tour de France this afternoon. She is only going to be gone a month, coming back for the Tour of Utah and the new PRO race in Colorado. She begin stressing a bit the last few days trying to get ready. It doesn’t help much that I was racing a 3 day stage race this past weekend. She is carrying some new prototype TT helmets and other stuff, so it is going to be difficult hauling all the stuff around once she lands in Europe.

It’s supposed to be in the upper 90’s most of this week, with a couple days at 100. Plus, we’ve been having thunderstorms each night, so the humidity is nuts. I’ve never been much to get up early and ride in the morning. I might have to rethink that this week.

You can tell it can't be going good when I'm looking at the ground pulling.

The cats are getting full use of the TV room now. Still 5 available. If you know anyone that might want a kitten, I'll figure out a way to get it to them.

6 thoughts on “Busy Week

  1. bob

    Steve u keep mentioning a stitch in the side and how hot it is. Since u r in great shape it wouldnt be a lack of fitness so maybe a kidney stone?
    It was around this time of year when i was riding in iowa, i thought i was drinking alot, i drink more than others, but i am also tall so it takes more water. Anyway i got a pretty bad kidney stone. The doc told me alot of people get them, but they are so small they pass without incident or much pain. He got me to really up my hydration so it could pass naturally but it was too big and wouldnt move.Had to have surgery.
    My pain was in my side too, like a stitch and then got worse worse.
    i am not a doctor but it is so easy to get deyhydrated in the midwest heat & humidty

  2. Jim

    Having had kidney stones on a number of occasions, my symptoms were more like a someone punching me about as hard as they could just below the stomach. Later, the pain was more toward the back (which seems to be the case for most people).
    I agree, keep very well hydrated because lack of fluids caused my troubles.
    I actually have my watch set to beep every 5 minutes to remind me to drink. It may sound stupid but if it keeps me out of the hospital, I will live with it.

  3. Bill Stone


    It is a very nice thing you do taking care of those kitties. If I were not presently also loaded up with the little ones I’d try to take one from you.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    Bill Stone


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