There are so many upsides to being a pro cyclist, and some downsides, but we won't talk about those. In the last few days I've experienced quite a few of them and would like to share.
First of all it's all the great people you get to meet. I've been fortunate to be surrounded by some incredible people. I think that is one of the most important things on a team is who are you racing for and with. Because you will be spending a lot of close time together. This week I got to travel with my dad, Will, and Todd. A great crew and we've had a bit of fun on our travels out here. Here they are enjoying the evening after a day of driving while I was out working.
These guys are great and they only harass me a little. Mostly deserved and mostly correct observations but most wouldn't mention. That is what makes them great. They did going riding with me yesterday and that made me feel better.
Next is the food. When you're burning a few extra calories as we are, eating a pancake or two that is slightly oversized is no biggie. Not only that but adding chocolate chips and peanut butter just means you have to ride an extra 10 minutes, which is a bonus because we all love to ride more then we enjoyed the chocolate chips and peanut butter.
Next is the travel to foreign areas. It's a great experience to ride places you don't get to ride. I have a hard time trying not to ride to much as I want to explore the area and enjoy all the nice roads. I have a bad habit of trying to pick out climbs to ride. Normally not a big deal, but when it's before a stage race it may not be the smartest thing. I guess if I lived in an area with a climb over a half mile I wouldn't have that obsession. I found this beauty in southern New Hampshire. That's right New Hampshire. I even rode to a different state to find one.
Couldn't realize why it was so hard to get a straight picture till I looked down at my Garmin and saw I was climbing at 13%.
Doing my best Will impression with taking pictures of myself with the timer. If you ever read his blog, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
Another bonus is the equipment. Who doesn't love new cycling equipment? Check out these sweet TT rigs that we will be using for the first time this week. It looks fast. We will be looking to making them go fast on Sunday.
Of course Mercury 85's and disc wheels (clearly not shown) will make it even better.
The best part hasn't even started yet and that's the racing. Starts tomorrow at 3:30. I've won this race one time, seems like a very long time ago, maybe I'll be able to again, or at least help one of my teammates do it.