What Do You Get When You Line Up Against the World Champ?
By: Jason Harrod
This past week was my first week of full gas training. Man, are my legs feeling it. In a good way. My mind, too. There is some clarity that comes with, well, the lightening of one’s schedule of life’s daily clutter. This is by no means some giant revelation. It is a fact, one that I have known for almost my entire life. My Dad taught me this. He is a list guy and, therefore, by default, I am a list guy, too. There is something very satisfying about scratching items off the “To Do” list. Accomplishment. Even the tiniest of things like walking the dog or taking the garbage cans to the curb can instill a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. Now I have never told anyone this but sometimes I will even add an item to my list after I have completed it, accomplished something, just so I can have the satisfaction of crossing it off the list. Weird, I know. But tell me you have never done that? And be honest. This week I was able to cross racing Master’s A 35+ off my list.
So this past weekend I raced the BASP series. I jumped up to the Master’s A 35+ category and toed the line with multiple, multiple National Champions, not to mention the current World Champion, Don Myrah; he was emblazoned with the rainbow skinsuit in all its glory. So they had a call up. I received none. In fact I was the last in line at the start and it more or less remained that way to the finish. But finish I did. And I was totally fucking cooked. My chest felt like it was being pried apart from the inside out. But there is always good news. In fact, I was told that I had the best form ever seen, best form plucking dollar bills from empty beer bottles. You see, my personal opinion is that while at the back of the pack one may as well try to make some cash. And make some cash I did. I also had the best training session I had all week.
The course was awesome. A night race. Under the lights. One hundred fast on the course at a time. It was a fantastic day at the races. And, well, we learned some things … in list form (thanks, Dad):
- Racing under the lights is way cool
- I have my work cut out for me to be competitive at this level
- Beer tastes better after a long, hard race
- I did not get lapped or pulled so all is not lost
- “If you are going to kick a hornet’s nest, kick it hard,” my teammate Jeff Anderson’s advice to my son and my son’s new life motto
- And lastly, I learned that answer to the title of this piece, What Do You Get When Line Up Against the World Champ? You get two bucks.