Mike the bikestud took us on the road with him today. We rode the course he used for hill training when preparing for his recent triumph at the STP. Lord have mercy. Although this course is only ten miles, it is punishing. Long hills, short hills; steep hills, broad hills; curved hills, straight hills--did I leave anything out? I failed psychologically (I will have a lot of explaining to do to Dr. Mengele) and had to walk a half a block up the last hill but I'm ready to get at it again. It was exhilerating.