>> Monday, October 15, 2012
I'm not going to win. Here's why:
Nine races into the "Grand Prix" series, Ben Merchant was 6th.
After 3 more races, he had missed one of those, but won the other 2. He had dropped back to 7th.
Now, after 13 races in our 14 race "Grand Prix" series, he's in 3rd (having ran 9 races):
I'll have led from the 4th race through the 13th race of the series, but I won't have been able to take the win.
There are 4 ways I could still win:
1. Ben doesn't show up.
2. Ben horribly twists an ankle during the 6K CC race. I can't wish for that. I'm not a bad person.
3. The entire U of M male CC team signs up to race the Grand Prix series just before the last race of the season. This won't happen, but it's a way I could win. If about a dozen super fast guys pay the extra $5 to do the series on the last race of the season and then BEAT Ben, maybe he'd only earn 600 points. It's not very probably (not at ALL), but I suppose it could happen. No. No it couldn't.
4. The race is canceled due to 2-3 feet of snow on the race site (a golf course). I was talking with 2-time MDRA President Rick Recker at the Marathon Expo (when I was there with Pharmie and Henry). He said this race WAS canceled once due to heavy snow, and it pissed a lot of people off who were planning on earning some more series points - I can imagine it would! But I wouldn't mind pissed off people this year. :) Ha!
So there's nothing more *I* can do. I've put in my 10 races. I'll be racing this 6K, but could only conceivably earn a few more points. It's really all in Ben's hands. (Or Mother Nature's.)