For me, the priority is to enjoy the ride.
If V-Tom is ahead of me, which means any time he and I are in the same ride, that gives me two targets: keep upright and keep him in sight, so I will know where we are going.
Please understand that staying upright is the higher priority, for me.
And the second priority gets challenged and abandoned very promptly.
So V-Tom gets there first, and when was there any doubt of that?
I suppose I could invest in some courses, and improve my cornering speed, and perhaps scrub a knee or an elbow (sure???) once in a while, but I still enjoy the ride a whole lot if I reach the end without pain.
So I guess that I am a low-risk investor, as I am in the financial world.
Go ahead and enjoy your ride your way. I will be half a beer behind you when we both get there, but I will catch up then, because you have entered the zone where I have even more experience than V-Tom.
I think, for me, the bottom line is how many times I ride into Windermere,
and perhaps that includes how many different bikes take me there.
And the score for both will increase by one in 2013.
Wanna watch me do it?