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The lack of overall fitness was apparent as the ride progressed--in part because of the decisions I made to hammer with some select groups, and do most of the work on the front. Then, my impetuousness got the best of me as I decided to hammer back to the front. Big mistake, as I watched the group roll away. At the last turn in Somers Point before the first bridge, I was overtaken with both cramps in hamstrings. Epic pain. I hit them out, but the point is that I was not mentally ready, but I was physically able to tough it out. Much harder day one in 2009 than last year. What a feeling when you roll into the finish at the high school in Ocean City--crowds cheering and clanging cowbells. I was overcome with emotion. What a positive event, and what a great cause. Way to go Team crEATe!!