As I sit in my living room watching Twilight… I am reminded that I haven’t updated my three fans on what I’ve really been up to the past couple weeks, and what I am planning on getting up to in the coming weeks.
Wow, distracted by the terrible green screen usage as Taylor Lautner gets angry at Bella…for the umpteenth time.
Ok, back to me.
But really, when does Taylor Lautner put his shirt back on? I am jelly of those man breasts. Especially considering my chicken-like upper body. Cheers for that, bike riding. At least the lower half of my bod is ripped. Could be worse!
Whew, getting real distracted. Ok, so I just got back from Tour of Austria which was very radical… I love the mountains in that country, remind me of the Italian Dolomites (they are practically the same mountain range). Great roads, cool courses, some super hard days, but I made it through and despite a nasty little crash with 3km to go on the last stage it was incident free.
But backing up a bit. After Nationals in the end of May, instead of heading to the Dauphine, I took a small break from the bike, just to recollect the thoughts, and let the body rest a bit. At the end of the day this turned out to be a very wise decision as the weeks of training following my break were some of the most productive weeks I have had on a bike. During a two week block I managed to log a grand total of 57 hours of riding. Add on the rest week before Tour of Austria, Tour of Austria itself and over a 4 week period I was on the bike approximately 100 hours.
Yeah buddy. That is a lot of chamois time.
My next race is Tour of Wallonie in Belgium/France. FINALLY, I get to race in Belg… It seems that all of the races I have done thus-far have been big ole mountain races. Looking forward to some wind, maybe some rain, some short climbs. Some POWAAA.
After that I have Eneco Tour which is even better suited to me, so needless to say, these next weeks are gonna be EX-CITING.
Beyond Eneco, my programma is still up for grabs. At this point in time, both myself, and my team are trying to decide between the Tour of Colorado and maybe a Vuelta spot! As amazing as racing in my home state would be, getting a start in a Grand Tour would set me up so well for the end of the season and next year, if I was able to power through it and finish it off. I will keep you updated on this as it progresses though so don’t you worry.
Peace and love.