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, September 05, 2006

Just flat and windy...

Landry, FRA to Vallandry, FRA Stage 6 of Valle d’Aosta & brooding
Sunday, September 03, 2006

The last stage was a 10 km time trial effort up to Vallandry. I think it averaged something like 9%, not so much, but definitely a climb not to be reckoned with. For some reason time trials and I don’t correspond. I could be the fastest guy on the climbs during the race, but then I get to the time trial and it’s like I’m going backwards, I’m sure that in normal flat time trials its not this aerodynamic set back that I have it’s something mental that’s not clicking. This is why I’ve done some really good time trials and then some really bad ones too… I think it’ll come with time though, the more of ‘em that I do the more chances I’ll have to mull over what went wrong where and how to fix it. During this one, my legs fell fast asleep with 5 km to go, I fought it pretty good and laid waste in the last ~3km. But in the end it was only good enough for 17th place, the Irish guy from La Pomme who I put a minute into in the last 4km the day before on the climb to the finish won… 2 minutes ahead of me! I ended up moving into 12th from 32nd on the 2nd day.
Now I’m back in Girona. The next race is in 4 days somewhere in France. It’s on a circuit I guess with a couple little kickers, it’s 2HC, so it’s going to be one evil little puppy. It’ll probably start raining too, I guess I'm over due for that though. At the moment Girona weather yields 32 C days.

10.09.2006 - 10.09.2006 GP de Fourmies / La Voix du Nord
15.09.2006 - 16.09.2006 Prix du Conseil Général - Tour de la Somme
28.09.2006 - 01.10.2006 Circuit Franco-Belge