San Dimas Stage Race: Why I Still Do This
by Mike Easter
Several weeks ago, as I went through my evening routine of laying out my bike equipment and charging my riding lights in preparation for my 4:30AM wakeup and 5:00AM training ride, my wife asked, “Why do you still do this, what drives you.” I responded to my wife with the simplest of answers. “I enjoy it.” But there is more to it and my wife knew that. So, in this race report I will share with you my “why” and how it shaped TIME-Velo Pasadena’s win at SDSR.
As a husband, father of three kids under nine, and a career man, many would wonder why I need “this” (masters racing) as part of my life. For some observers, it is a sign of my underlying identity problem, my obsessive-compulsive behavior, perhaps of my poor self-esteem or even a lost childhood dream of being a professional bike racer that I wasn’t able to achieve. For me, it satisfies something inside me that I don’t get from my role as a husband and father, or in my career. [Read more…]