When I saw the picture Dan posted it was a different feeling altogether.
You see a bit of back story is necessary for the casual observer to understand...
After racing my guts out in the Master's 35+ A race, and immediately jumping into the Elite Men's race which I pulled out of with 2 laps to go due to cramping while again turning myself inside out to try and place well, Allison asked me to ride the course with her and show her what I learned in the last 2 hours of flogging myself cross-eyed.
This photo for me captures the fun feel of the Expo area of a local cross race. It captures the multiple surfaces that we race on (dirt, cement/tarmac, and grass). It captures the fabulous weather and venue that comes with racing in Balboa Park, at the San Diego Velodrome. More than those things though it captures the nature of my relationship with Allison. In the photo I am calling back to her to "take that corner to the tape", coaching her on corner speed. It reminds me that first and foremost, although we race individually, we are a team. One without the other just wouldn't be the same.
I am one lucky Mann!
No matter what the future holds I am excited and comforted with the knowledge that the two of us, the team that was formed so many years ago, will rock on strong...
THE MANN SHOW