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

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Silver City: Jan 10th

Team TIAA-CREF Training Camp
Silver City, NM
Jan 8th – Jan 22nd
Jan 10th

Wake, eat, bike, massage, eat, and bed. This is the daily schedule.
Silver City is dry and high. When I’m out training, I don’t sweat; instead the salt just dries on my skin… Because you’re never sweating, water completely crosses your mind. I didn’t realize that until today, so I’m going to have to force myself to drink, which is fine.
Today we rode for about 5:15, it was one of the hardest rides I’ve ever done & I think were gonna end up doing a lot more of ‘em over the next couple weeks. We started by riding up the first climb then doing intervals over the second climb. On the way back over we raced back up the hill, which I, of course, won by my largest margin to date. Then we motor paced all the way back to the hotel. It was totally insane. Here’s how it works: the whole team rides behind the car as it goes 40-50mph, the farther back you draft from the car the harder it is. Certain variables, such as side winds, make it extremely tough. One of my team mates and I made it to the hotel still pacing with the car, the rest of the guys got dropped. Tomorrow should be a little easier. Jonathan said we’ll do a longer ride on the flats, that’s all. Something says we’ll be motor pacing again, I pray this isn’t the case…