As I've said before this year I am not only racing, but also I'm officially part of team management. I'm looking forward to taking on the new role of really being there to help the whole team.
Team training camp is only 8 days away, starting March 9th in Greenville, South Carolina. I am really looking forward to some nicer days for training. It's been a so so winter year and the training has been going ok. I might be a bit behind from where I'd like, but with a month on the road coming up I should be able to come around fairly quickly. I am also really looking forward to meeting, riding and racing with the new guys on the team.
The team has also been invited to two international stage races. First up will be the An Post Ras in Ireland in May and then the Tour de Beauce in Canada in June. These are added to a already huge and exciting schedule. The Tour de Beauce was one of my favorite stages I've ever done, and I've done lots of stages races including the Tour of California. So I'm really looking forward to getting back. I am also really exciting about going back to Europe as I haven't raced there since 2004 when I was at the Cycling Center.
One last note for the day. Madelyn came down with the flu over the weekend and soon enough Katie and I got it as well. The timing on mine wasn't great as I was in Chicago and had to drive home. It was the longest drive every. I had to stop several times for the bathroom and a couple of times just to sleep for an hour or two. A 3.5hr drive took nearly 8. Good news is that I am feeling a bit better today.
Thanks to my dad for this grooving reflective vest. Comes in handy in the short winter days.
Just another Indiana ice storm. Luckily this one wasn't as bad as the one two years ago which hung around for a week. This was all melted in day.
I rolled out to Heritage Lake one day for training. I've done a couple of collegiate races out there, so it was pretty cool to remember the fun times. There is actually a collegiate race out there again tomorrow and if I'm feeling better I hope to roll out there again and check out some of the action.