Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Things you take for granted

With my job I get to do some pretty cool things and most of the time I'm lost on how great they are to the regular guy because I'm working, away from my family and missing out on some other weekend activity.

This past weekend I rode in the LiveStrong charity ride outside of Philadelphia. We have a few clients that sponsor the event and as part of those sponsorships a few notable athletes and coaches attend.

I rolled out with the 100 mile group with all intentions of doing an easy 100...about 12 miles in I caught sight of the lead group containing Lance and Chris Carmichael among others. Chris is a part of our advertising program and the two of us have spent some time together (I'm also coached by Nick White of CTS) so I figured it would be cool to catch up with him and ride.

I caught the group, said hello to Chris and dropped into the pack. Next thing I realize, I'm on the front pulling the group with 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong on my right. This is where I guess I'm oblivious to "celebrity." I've met Lance before as a part of the sponsorships, so I strike up a conversation with him as we motor along (much harder than I wanted and intended to ride). We chat about Leadville, running, training, triathlon, people we know and work with in Austin, etc. Nothing really strikes me as odd during our conversation.

At about the 30 mile mark, Lance and College leave the group in the dust and I come up on the 70-mile ride turn off, just after burning a lot of matches with the Lance group. I decide to hang there and wait for Chris and finish the 70-mile ride with him.

Chris rolls up and we head out for the last 40 miles. We talk about Leadville, CTS and then the topic of Lance comes up and Chris says a few things that gets me to thinking...Lance might be returning to professional cycling...

This is where I'll keep what was said between Chris and myself but it sounds like Leadville was just the beginning of the reemergence of Lance to the competitive world of cycling and away from the hobby of running.

Anyway, it was a fun ride and in hindsight probably a lot of people's dream to ride next to Lance like I did...again, oblivious!

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