Got back two days ago from our annual family vacation to Florida where we travel with my dad and stay with my Aunt Denise and Uncle Roger. My dad however opted out of driving with us and chose to fly first class. So for the 20ish hr drive I had to drive 19hrs and 35mins. Katie took a pull while I quickly scarfed down lunch after a spin on the bike. She couldn't flick me through quick enough. Traffic on the way down sucked. It wasn't even because of construction. It felt like in every city we slowed to a crawl for an hour, except Atlanta which was a solid 2hrs.
I planned on racing the first NCC race of the year in Tamp and jump into the 30+race in the afternoon. We showed up in plenty of time, but unfortunately it started to rain just minutes before the 30+ race start so I decided not to risk the recovery process of my shoulder and hold off. (My doctor informed me on Monday after x-rays that was a smart decision). The Pro 1 race was going good until 20mins in my skewer had raddled loose on the brick course and I was left with two options. 1. Try to get free lap because my wheel is coming out of the dropouts, but that won't happen. 2. Crash because my wheel is no longer locked in and then earn the free lap. I chose option 1 and was eliminated. I was completely bummed after all the work to get there that I was 0-2 for the start of the season.
Luckily I found out about a race the following day and the family was ok for pushing the vacation back a day so I could try to redeem myself. It was completely last minute and I didn't even have time to eat breakfast, a cliff bar would have to do. I first did the Masters race which was 50km. I quickly found myself off the front after the first 3km with 1 other rider. We stayed away and I lost the sprint.
Felt good to get on the podium and even better was having Madelyn there again.
A couple of hours later the Pro 1,2 race started and it was a 100km race. My legs took awhile to get going. I just tried to follow moves with multiple riders. I ended up in the race winning move of 8 and finished 6th. Completely messed up the end of this one.
Finally Monday came and so did the vacation part. It started off with a bike ride with my dad. He did some Jakerpacing during the week.
He was smiling on this recovery spin, but on Tuesday during intervals there wasn't much smiling other then when I was laughing at him when he started to cramp while swimming at the beach after the ride. He does really well for someone who rides a bike 2-3 times a...month!
The great part about riding down there was finishing the rides at the beach. Cooling off in the Gulf and hiding under the umbrella is the way I rolled. I successfully kept my farmers tan and my shirt white skin.
Madelyn loved the water and called it a bath. Silly 2 year old.
On Thursday my dad treated us to Busch Gardens. That was a long day. There was so much to do. I even rode the rides.
Katie wanted me to do one with her, but anything that went over 10ft or faster then 10mph I was out. I just don't do roller coasters. I rode this thing that went up and around and also the train. Madelyn had a blast seeing Elmo, Big Bird, all the animals, and doing the rides.
Madelyn doesn't really care who or what you are, so she wanted the Lion to know who was in charge. I don't think it agreed.
Friday was a bit more of a chill day. I did a ride early in the morning, and in the afternoon we spent the day with my cousin and his new baby boy. They had so much fun together.
On Saturday we headed back home. I was going to do a race, but I pulled into park and got frustrated as it was crowed and I couldn't find a spot to park so I just took off and left. it was a crash field inbetween farm fields with a barn in the middle. It was probably better in the long run as I had such a long drive to get back. We made it back in time for me to ride the final 40 miles home and make it to the family Easter gathering on Sunday. I was pretty whipped out after the long week of vacation.
Up next I leave Thursday morning for the Tour of the Battenkill. After much debate I decided to do the Pro/Am race as well on Saturday. I need the racing and I've done the training so it shouldn't be that big of deal. It's not like I've never done two races back to back before. This way I give myself another opportunity to win.