After some post nationals wind down i have now put together some solid days on the road, in an attempt to rediscover what it is to be a road rider. Over the last week i have had 4 days of 5hrs or more and and finally starting to see the end of the problems that have plagued during the past 4 months and all but destroyed my chances for Track Worlds. While i still have some events remaining on the track before i depart for my overseas adventure, i am now fully focussed on entering the USA in peak condition so that i can get in on some of the action that my team has now begun in the Tour of Discovery......sorry i mean the Tour of California.
That little quip was in reference to the fact that one of my new team mates, Ben Jaques-Maynes, who tore up the prolouge and came in 3rd, would have had the honour of pulling on the leaders jersey, were it not for a commisaires decision to change the UCI's rules and say if you crash in the last 9km then no bother.....just dordle in and we will give you bunch time. Which Leipheimer did and was again rewarded the yellow jersey......sure it was bad luck, but how many of us have bad luck stories??? i got a few......
Anyway, im starting to feel good and miss the road racing that im watching unfold in the USA. My team mates have mixed great racing with some nasty crashes, food poisening and some sore and tired bodies, but they look to be holding their own in a stacked field. From me to them....NICE WORK.....Keep it up.
Mean while, back in my neck of the woods, my sister decided to celebrate her 22nd birthday yesterday by starting a fire with her hair starightener, than mum and i had to exstinguish after the smoke alarm woke me up. Needless to say, after the smoke had cleared and mum had recovered from slipping on our slate floor during the comotion, it became an amusing little story that will be remembered for years to come.
Next week i head to bright for a 3 day intense training camp with just myself. Some 30km climbs and lots of rolling, dead roads lay ahead of me....and im actually looking forward to it. Im really starting to enjoy my training again and becoming very motivated to make my mark in the USA this year, which will hopefully lead to increased opportunities in the coming years with our growing team at Priority Health. Before that however, i will again kit up for the Club Teams Championships this Sunday, to represent Blackburn CC in the teams pursuit. It has been a couple of years since i was last available and we should head in with a good chance for gold....as we have won the previous 3 times that i rode......
Keep on trucking everyone and ill speak to you again soon.