OLD MAN COMEBACK - SMALL VICTORIES
The guy in the photo is Jay Walsh. I only know him because I now own the Denti Master Pista which used to be his race bike. Jay used to compete at velodromes all over the country in his younger days but stopped racing for a while due to other factors in his life. Now Jay is all grown up and has missed the thrill of riding the velodrome. Small Victories is a chronicle of his attempt to (re)achieve a modicum of success in the track racing game…
« There is no better feeling in sport than crossing the finish line first and throwing your hands in the air. I’ve won baseball games, football games, hockey games, and some big rugby matches. None of them compare to winning a bike race. Period.
So now I’m back. My racing age is 40 (wow, FORTY!). The last time I won a bike race was in 1994 (I was then 23). The last time I really raced my bike was 1995.
Coming back hurts. Finding time to train is tougher. The body doesn’t follow the mind. But I am back and I am committed.
Now I am going public with my return to racing for two reasons. First, having other people read my adventure will keep me accountable to my goals. Second, maybe my small victories will help others see that the coming back can be fun, even if the results are slow.
I will throw my hands in the air again, some day… »
Follow Jay’s progress and cheer him on at his blog Small Victories.