Life On Two Wheels

Along the river and toward the mountains a morning shadow shimmers across the road. The rays of the first light jet through the trees and across a figure gliding upon the road. His breath trails in short spurts, petrified as it hits the icy air. All is quiet except the slight sound of the athlete as he summons himself for yet another days work. Soon the rest of the world will bustle with life as well and the brief simplicity of cyclist and nature will disappear into the everyday struggle of life in full motion; the errands and intervals, the appointments and intersections, and the deadlines and finish lines OutPaceTheRace

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Silver City: Jan 14th

Team TIAA-CREF Training Camp
Silver City, NM
Jan 8th – Jan 22nd
Jan 14th

There’s been a bit of complaining from the team in regard to the quality of the breakfast here. We’ve been relying on the hotel’s continental breakfast, which is, in my opinion, quite good and complete. It has everything: eggs, oatmeal, cinnamon rolls, all juices, bagels, toast, etc. Everything that’s needed to go 100+ miles on a bike. My guess is that they need an excuse to go spend some money, of course that doesn’t make so much sense, but I guess it would when you’re delirious from the weeks training… I guess…
Today was an excellent ride (almost as good as the breakfast). We started out of town and took a dirt road across a “picturesque” New Mexico desert. It was sand & sage brush, but also mesas and mountains off in the distance. It’s the kind of ride that adds new momentum to the monotonous roads we’ve been riding on. It was a little over five hours all together, but it was an easy day to spin out the intensity that we’ve been doing over the last week. When we got back our lunch was in our rooms, my massage was at 5:30.
For dinner we went to this Italian place, they served either this stir fry rice bowl or a pasta dish (our entrées are pre-decided to make the ordering quicker and to insure that all we eat is up to par with “what we need”).
Tomorrow is an off day, so it should be very relaxing. As of now, nothing is scheduled, except a short :30 meeting with Jonathan and Johnny to discuss the upcoming season.