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, January 08, 2006

The Homestead

The Homestead
Seattle, WA
Dec 22nd – Jan 8th

The weather is great here in Seattle, it hasn’t actually failed to stop raining- even once, since I got back from Boulder. I guess that’s fine though, apparently the weather in Europe isn’t so swell either this time of year. Right now I’m continuing with a lot of the training I was doing down at the OTC, long moderately easy hours to establish a base to get me through the season. The only difference is when you get back home in Seattle you have mud on your face instead of dried salt from the heat. I guess you’ve gotta pick n choose your climate, but I’d personally choose the heat over the torrential rain and wind of the “beautiful” Northwest. At least the days are getting longer…
Nevertheless, being back at the Homestead is a relief after being away from home for such a long time. Believe it or not, riding in the San Diego desert, getting chapped lips, and being ensnared within the confines of an OTC dorm room just isn’t that exciting after the first couple days. So there’s nothing more I could have asked for than to be back home spending time with the family over the past couple weeks.
When I leave for NM in route for the team training camp on the 8 of January I will keep a daily journal- so if you fancy a daily update, check back every day. Also, here’s the itinerary:
New Mexico training camp: Jan 8th - Jan 22nd
Europe Racing: Jan 23rd - March 13th *with chance of coming back for Tour of California