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

Sunday, September 17, 2006

World turning

Girona, ESP
Sunday, September 17, 2006

It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-September. I can remember arriving here the first time (end of January) and thinking wow, I can’t believe I’m actually in Spain. Then it snowed, and rained, and I missed the first race because I was sick. Now the mystic feeling of the place is gone, it’s funny, just like anything else… you think that it’s going to be an extraordinary experience that you’ll never forget, but you get there and do it and it all becomes just a part of daily life. It passes by, the seasons change, and you make the most of the moment that once was the beginning of the year but now’s the end of the year. Crazy huh? Life goes by so quick.
Anyway, we did La tour de Somme over the weekend. It was an interesting race; two days, one road race the first day and two road races the second day. The stage races with double days of road races are kinda brutal. I’m not sure why, they were super short but the second one felt like we rode for 5 hours. I’m quite pleased with my performance though, La Somme is known as quite the cross wind “strong guy” race, but I finished somewhere near the top ten… which isn’t extraordinary, but for me is pretty good. So I’d venture that my form is pretty good at the moment. I leave Tuesday for the u23 world championships in Austria (I’ve finally officially been selected with Craig and john devine) which take place on, I think, Friday.