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

Monday, March 27, 2006

Washington or California

Ontario, CA
March 23, 2006

I can’t imagine who’d want to live in the LA area. Sure it’s nice to have it be warm, but what about the smog and traffic. When I was picked up from the airport on the way over we hit traffic at 9:00pm- how is that possible? I’ve heard rumors of three hour commutes in the morning for those going 25 miles… That’s crazy, and all for what? Smog? This morning there was an immense smog cloud over everything, it’s dreary and dark, & I don’t presume that it leaves frequently. Besides, if you’re going to live in California why not live somewhere like Santa Barbara or Santa Rosa. That area is genuinely perfect & for relatively the same price.
Aside from the smog produced by LA’s “alternative transportation” (busses), the trip was beneficial. I got to race with all the domestic guys and verify what I need to work on as I continue my preparation for Georgia. I must admit that this was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done, I think this is due almost entirely to the flawed management of the promoters. What is the scheme behind destroying a race of such mystic by making it into a two day race? In the end every little mistake that these “alternative races” make feed into the growth of races like California and Georgia. But I like a good hard race- by the way, this was the first big race I’ve done this year that I didn’t crash in.