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, November 18, 2007

Mov’n bricks ‘n’ bang’n hammers

Boulder, CO
November 7, 2007 – November 18, 2007

When I heard that we’d have a “get to know the team camp” that was 2 weeks long, I was sure it would consist of an hour a day of team functions and a lot of time sitting in our rooms watching TV… Alas, it was gainsaid by me; for each and every day was so full of meetings it was epic. We sat in meeting after meeting ranging anywhere from 401k counseling to the latest breakthroughs in Zipp Speed Weaponry. When it was time for bed the last thing on my mind was TV watching.
We did make a bit of time for business though, riding some five or six times. Days from the close of the camp I managed to get out on a spectacular ride; up to the little town of Ward where the elevation elapsed at a mere… 9500 feet- which seems appropriate given the little respite from ascent on the way up.
I guess the climax of the camp was the team presentation… which for me was more of a nadir. I’m not one to frolic in the midst of 650 people, much less while wearing a suit ‘n' tie. As soon as we were given the go ahead to escape the limelight I made a hasty escape… and for some reason I was irate, the raison d'être at once was not evident.
Perhaps the most important part of the two weeks for me was when we got to meet up with the directors to discuss the future of the year… and what my race schedule would look like… and it looks good: Tour of California, Paris-Nice, Tour of Georgia, &… the Tour of Italy. The best part of the meeting was that it was in a conference room around a table of some 7 chairs… consisting of me… the owner of the team… and 5 directors… Arguably the most important people in my life. I felt even less inclined to talk than usual.
And then I booked my flight to Hawaii: November 29th to December 16th Hilo, Hawaii. It should be warm and sunny, not cold and rainy.