Friday, March 28, 2008

Weather or Not

I’m pretty sure I’m all set up for tomorrow’s Taco Truck Time Trial; yesterday, I picked up the spoke cards and they look great.

Even better, I was charged a phenomenally cheap rate for the job, so much so that I had to ask whether the price was indeed correct. The guy ringing me up just shrugged, so I figured that even if it was their mistake, I would simply take it as an unexpected gift, a sponsorship of sorts, from the printing place, so let me herewith give a shout-out to Kinko’s who, even if their accounting practices are a bit screwy, do a bang-up job when it comes to laminating and cutting colorful playing-card-sized pieces of cardboard to stick in the spokes of a bike wheel.

I’m going to visit the taco trucks one more time this afternoon to give them a heads-up about tomorrow; I’m not entirely sure how I’ll explain things, but I think if I just say that between the hours of about 4:00 and 6:00 on Saturday, there will be “lots of customers on bikes,” my point will be taken.

And I feel pretty confident I’ve got the helpers I need to help out at the checkpoints; at any rate, I’m relatively sure I can collar someone at the last minute tomorrow should I need to—people like to give away food and/or drink, right?

The one variable over which I have no control (damn it!) is the weather. If it’s like it is today—40-ish and sleety—the number of racers will probably be lower then expected. (But if that’s what I expect, then is it?)

On the other hand, if it’s like yesterday afternoon—50-ish with sun breaks—then there will probably be a higher number of folks who show.

I say, no matter what, don’t be a big pussy; show up rain or shine, STFU and ride; there will be lots of hot food and cold drinks to keep a person warm.


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