I have fun extolling to folks that I am "the fastest man in Texas." It is a true statement, but you have to get beyond the title and into the sub-titles. In 2013 and so far in 2014, in my age category (70+), in time trial races 10k or more in length, I have come in 1st in all of the races I've been in. Perhaps I need to make a further explanation: At the Senior Games State Finals last year, I came in 2nd, but the person who beat me was from Missouri, so I was the first from Texas (which is why the phrasing is worded that way). In the 5k TT, I came in 3rd, with 2nd place being from Texas. And, at Senior Games Nationals last year, while I came in 13th in the 10k and 18th in the 5k, both times were the fastest from Texas.
I'm fully cognizant I'm a big fish in a small pond, and when I get into a bigger venue, I don't make nearly as big a splash. This doesn't lessen the fun I get out of racing. While I enter time trials with high expectations, for the road races I just like to hang in there as far as I can, then wave goodbye when the guys put the hammer down. With that in mind, my palmares are (is?) pretty impressive. I don't think I missed any, so not counting the first weekend of racing in 2004, when I learned what it was all about, I compiled a list of my races, and placement.
This is an advertisement for Senior Games. They break the categories into 5 year age groups, so the competition is more homogeneous and the number of participants not quite so large. I like the USAC time trials, even if they stop at 60+, my ego doesn't get bruised until I see the results (I'm kidding, I hold my own in those also). The USAC Road Races are a different kettle of fish. I like the State Finals at Fort Hood because they allow the 70+. But I won't be doing Walburg or Pace Bend again, because I can't hang with the young guys for 54 miles. They either need to include the older category or drop the mileage.