Monday, February 28, 2011
There were many cool things that happened through out camp, but the busiest day as a rider were the first two. Getting new bikes, equipment, clothes, sponsor products, and bike fits took a bit of time.
A bag full of new clothes, shoes, helmets, and etc.
TT bike fit session.
New race bike all built up and sized up.
The other days were quite routine. We would basically get up, have breakfast, ride, eat lunch, relax for an hour or so, have a team meeting, and then head out to dinner. The rides consisted of lots of time in the saddle, a bit of leadout practice, photo opts, and even a tt day.
Couldn't decide what shoe color to wear. Black goes good with left side of jersey and white goes well with right side.
The staff on the other hand had their hands full taken care of 18 'children'. The mechanics Will, helper Eric, and my dad were able to whip out over 50 bikes during camp working from 8am to 6pm daily. The new Masi's are pretty awesome, and the Mercury Trident makes me excited to race a TT again. The sponsors are all amazing as well. Mario Mazza worked his tail off all of camp and asks for nothing. He even bought the guys drinks at dinner on occasion. We also had some pro media at camp including Brandon and Iain. They took some amazing pictures and videos. I will share when I can .
Who needs bottle cages when you can use a perfectly good magnet. Check out the new Vincero Design bottles and bottle docks.
I roomed with Scottie for camp. I think they stuck us together so we wouldn't bore others with pictures and stories of our 1year olds. We're both very excited about our kids.
We are going to have a great year as everyone on this team is strong and so motivated. I think this is the strongest team I've ever been on and I can not be more excited. I'm really looking forward to being a part of a team that wins many races and is expected to.
Look for Kenda in 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Like I previously said Jeff Rhodes (trutrainers) and I headed south for a few days of some much needed outdoor riding.
At the top of Caesars Head in South Carolina which happens to be my favorite climb in the area.
I traveled home to an area hit by an ice storm followed by a solid 5" the day after my arrival. Along with a cold spell that led to many more indoor hours. Boring.
That's right -12.
Family time is always great.
Who doesn't enjoy a good game of peekaboo? She still enjoys it even though the box is see through.
I received the best package in while from the good ole UPS guy a few days back. Inside was my brand new Mercury TT bike. My father came down a few days before camp to help put it together before he makes the drive with team mechanic Will Swan down to camp in Florida. At the minimum that means 1 less out of the 50 or so to build at camp.
I got out for Tri practice with it today. To bad Birdman wasn't able to join me this time. Maybe once daylights savings time comes back we'll be able to get together so I can light him up.
Although for some reason I think we forgot to do something last night as we were building the bike. I can't put my finger on it though.
Three more days and it's off to camp in hopefully sunny and warm Clermont, Florida. There has been so much news about the team over the last few weeks and I'll be blogging about it all. Tour of California and an even stronger roster. Also there will be new uniforms, equipment, bikes, and etc. The blogging season is about to begin.