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November 23, 2013

Theresa Timmons: Hilly Hundred saga continues

'Medical condition' ends Seth's quest to finish


"You OK?" I asked a minute later, after we reconnected.

He laid his two-wheeled carbon fiber anniversary gift on the ground and glared at it. "THAT bike is made for a fitter person than me!" he spewed.

"Stupid bike!" I said.

"I'm SAG'n back." He said it as though it wasn't already obvious.

"You're kidding."

He ignored the sarcasm. "You go on as long as you want. I'll meet you at the truck when you're done."

And I did. I rode on through my favorite part of the Sunday ride — an excruciating climb up an endless hill in Morgan County park and the corresponding downhill run, an exhilarating wind-in-your-face, fast-as-you-can-go-without-a-motor ride.

And then I was done.

Later we talked about the day as we drove toward Elwood.

"Sorry you were stuck in the truck while I rode," I said.

Seth gave me a look of disbelief. "THERESA, are you serious? I was off the bike. My troubles were over!"

We sat in silence for a few minutes. Then Seth spoke again.

"I have a confession to make," he said.

"Yes?" I prodded. This was bound to be really interesting.

"The SAG driver asked me what the problem was, why I was SAG'ing back."

"Yes? And what did you tell him?"

"I told him my asthma was acting up."

I couldn't believe my ears. "You told him your asthma was acting up?" I repeated. Seth has periodic heartburn, cellulite, painful feet, and thinning hair. He does not have asthma.

"Yes. And he asked me if I had an inhaler and I said 'Yeah, I have an inhaler.' But he knew about asthma medications. So I just kept agreeing with the stuff he said."

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