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

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Training Camp

Julian, CA
Thursday, January 18, 2007

Another day of grandeur and exceptional excitement… Today we trespassed deep into the Anazi Desert where the weather was brilliant, before pull’n a Ritchie and goin’ straight up this hilly mountainous region. It was an immense climb, perhaps the largest we’ve done of late. I don’t know how long it was, but it took me ~45 minutes; and I’m sure we gained a lot of elevation ‘cause by the time we got to the top it was frigid… not to mention the view, the terrain was similar to what you’d see on the NASA website after typing in Mars.
I think this is about the hardest ride we’ve done yet, we did a lot of intensity on the climbs and the wind obstructed our path around each turn. I’ve never figured it out, but sometimes the wind’ll blow straight at you no matter which way you go. In Seattle it doesn’t make sense, but here the explanation is evident with the UFO’s fly’n ‘round all over the place.