it took me 27 yrs but i can finally say that i am officially a fan of a professional sport. see, when you grow up in central ohio you are born into a culture. a culture of rabid, fanatical maniacs who bleed scarlet and gray for the ohio state buckeyes. im not denying that i love the buckeyes but i often see it as being something you're just born into. i know i sure was. (have i ever mentioned my fathers secret wish that we would get married on the saturday that ohio state plays michigan and our wedding colors were scarlet and gray? FACT) so i am mildly surprised that i have actually broken off from what was perhaps indoctrinated into my DNA and found another sport to love in professional cycling. now, if im honest it is almost entirely to do with my love and admiration for lance armstrong but the fact remains that i am fanatical about a sport, and i am choosing this addiction of my own free will. odd, i never took myself for a sports fan. and yet, when i think about what the ultimate experience would be, what moment i could conjure up that would reduce me to sappy tears a lot of things come to mind. one of those would be to see the tour de france live, specifically to see lance armstrong charge up my favorite mountain alpe d'huez. in my minds eye i can see myself running next to his bike with a huge american flag, screaming and cheering and then as he rides away probably busting into tears of pride and inspiration. remember the time this summer that we made eye contact? he would love to see me there!
this video, yeah i watch it on repeat all the time
and the moment from 3:07 when beloki crashes (and ends his career sadly) from the tour 2003, and lance rides across an open field? i almost choke watching it every. single. time. a much better, more complete version of the crash/save here.
so. i am trying to be sensible and darn it i know i should be, (WILL BE, HAVE TO BE), but i am trying in vain to convince david that we should pack our bags and go see at least one week (of three) of the tour in 2010. this could be and good grief i'll be surprised if it's not! lance armstrongs last tour. the man is in fantastic shape but he is the oldest rider! (he turned 39 in september) david has said, and in my head i agree with him, that for him the price is too much for a temporary, single experience especially if i haven't been into cycling all that long. i reason that an experience is priceless, and this might be the only time when the planets align themselves for us to witness history before lance retires. there is only the most remote chance that we will go but i am silently hoping that we somehow jump and do it. but! i know it makes sense to david, and in part me too, to skip the live version and just watch it on tv. in this regard david and i are kind of different. i value emotional experiences much more than he does.
and me? running next to lance armstrong with an american flag shouting and crying? PRICELESS
bonus! if we go i will make you all watch three straight weeks of the tour trying to find me on tv bawling my eyes out!