But despite the enormity of the personal best, I have to confess that at first my ego was a bit bruised to discover I had finished so far behind. Corey pointed out that pretty much everyone in this race was a pro rider or sponsored amateur and that comparing myself was only a recipe for self hate. Fair enough. And, many people are neurologically predetermined to care more about their relative position in a pack than others and unfortunately I'm one of them. That's just my cross to bear, Corey has his own, as do you.