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 15, 2006

Silver City: Jan 15th

Team TIAA-CREF Training Camp
Silver City, NM J
an 8th – Jan 22nd
Jan 15th

It turns out today wasn’t an off day- it was two hours easy. But it’s just the same, 2hrs easy or off. After riding this much, spinning for 2 hours is practically the same as not spinning at all.
Jonathan and the Europe crew depart today- Jonathan for Denver and the Europe crew to Gerona. Ben Turner, the team manager, will handle the control of the camp from today until we depart for Europe.
After lunch Jonathan scheduled meetings with everyone, and it sounds like I’ll be coming back from Europe to do the Tour of California barring any illness or injury. I’ll stay in the US after that until the Tour of Georgia. The post Georgia race schedule is still under construction.
On a different note, I came to the training camp with long hair… and… I was accosted while I was brushing my teeth. Someone knocks on the door and Frank, my room mate, lets them in, and the entirety of the team comes trooping in with an electric hair cutter. They got me and, well, let’s just say the hair is about a centimeter long now. But it’s more aerodynamic and much lighter in the mountains.