I'm so competitive that my wife has nicknamed me "Oscar the Grouch", after one of my first bike races she said she had never seen me so angry. I start every race with the same song, "Runnin' (Dying to Live) by 2Pac and Biggie Smalls. The first line of the song is `"I grew up a f#ckin screw up" that just adds to the anger and off I go to enjoy my race. That may be why I have a history of starting so fast, I'm almost like a bull being held in a cage, I can't wait to breakout and start running. As the race progress the anger doesn't go away, yes I'm taking in the beautiful scenery as I race but I'm still angry, I may be next to someone for a few miles and if they start to get ahead of me I think "You're not beating me" and off I go with another quick burst to get ahead of this person. For whatever reason I have this attitude that I can't lose, yet I'll finish in the top 25% of a race and up to twenty minutes behind the overall winner.
I'm racing because I love to run and ride my bike, I love the competitiveness of the races and hope to one day be near the front. After speaking to a good friend over the weekend we got to the