For the last 26 days I have been dealing with a nagging rib injury. Breathing deeply and sprinting out of the saddle have been very painful. That is not a good thing for a cyclist. And it's especially a bad thing for a sprinter. But what was I going to do? After a mistimed pass at the go-kart track, it was either a broken rib or an extremely bruised intercostal muscle and either way it wasn't going away anytime soon. So I just kept riding. Stretching everyday, taping it when I could and just not complaining about it was the best that I could do. Of course, I did complain about it for a few days...just ask my housemates in Portland. It hurt to ride, never mind go hard. I was pissed. But it's not like I'm going to stop going to work. I have been training for this opportunity for the last four years and when you've done everything you can to deal with an injury, the only thing left is to just shut up and get the job done.