November-December 2005 Newsletter
From the President
A Year-End Whine
Since youíve given me the privilege of having this space in each
issue of the newsletter, you have to expect that once in a while Iíll
use it to whine. This is one such time.
Just the other day I checked the LBC statistics Web site ó that
excellent site that Carl Davis, our esteemed Club Statistician, has
managed for the last three years (with great assistance from his
wife, Sandy) ó and confirmed what Iíve not wanted to acknowledge all
season: I havenít ridden my bike very much this year. Projecting to
the end of the season, Iíll be lucky to have 100 club miles.
Once, I thought about competing for the yellow jersey. But that
was many years ago and a fleeting thought even then. I was glad,
though, to be in the top 10 in mileage. A few years later, the goal
was reset to the top 25.
In the meantime the Mad Dogs made the scene. Century riding
achieved a new cachet and canine-themed soubriquets became the rage.
My dreams of mileage immortality disappeared just as quickly.
The LBCís successes in raising its profile in the community also
contributed to my low-mileage status. A higher profile means more
demands on the leadershipís time. Thereís always a new committee or
initiative that takes up some of the time you might otherwise use to
ride your bike. (Life in modern corporate America, where everybody
does more with fewer resources and fewer people, also plays a role.
But at least thatís a paying gig.)
So, the president of a bike club that exists to organize rides,
promote cycling and protect the rights of cyclists has too little
time to ride. My answer to this sorry state? The one given by every
other cyclist at the end of a disappointing season: wait ítil next
Look for me in the top 150!
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