I began cycling because I loved that I was in control. If I have a bad race or ride I can only blame myself. That was the same reason that I loved pitching while playing baseball. I know what I can and can't do and if something doesn't work I will be very hard on myself. The two hour ride home brought some tears and some swearing. After I got past that stage I started to think about where I have gotten to in my life and at the end of the day it's not about a bike race it's about family and enjoying the amazing moments that life brings us. I can't thank my uncle John enough for following me while I was racing, not only did he provide encouragement when things got rough but he would keep my wife up to date as I raced. Again I can't thank John enough I'm blessed to have him and his family in my life.
I learned a lot today and that will do nothing but make me better. I can't change the past, but I can work harder so the future is brighter. I'd like to thank everyone for all of the support, it means a lot to my wife and I. I still owe the Cavanaghs a trophy and I can promise that they will get in the near future.