Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I have been trying to enjoy spending time off the bike, the constant travel that the season had, training etc... But with the bad news of our team's sponsor Kodak Gallery pulling out, its hard to relax with an insecure future for next season. It is seeming a bit of a nasty trend though as we're not the only ones.
Tour Of Missouri was rather rough on me, early on in stage 2 I took a nasty crash that cracked a few ribs and sliced my chin open. I managed to finish the stage where later that night I got 8 stitches. From then on I took it a day at a time, focus on our teams objectives and finish the race. It made a complete wreck of me, but we were rewarded with my teammate Dom Rollin finishing our jobs by sprinting his big Boonen arse off and getting on the podium for the overall.
Coming home felt fantastic, where the couch and TV became good friends. I still was not sleeping much at night, as the ribs we're not getting better. After a week, I was slowly up and about again and headed to Vegas to work for Sram during outdoor demo and celebrate Sarah and I's one year anniversary. Johnny Sundt(Kelly Benefits rider)and I along with Sram Techs led demo rides. Sram decked out sweet rides with the new RED gruppo for bike shop owners and industry folk to test on their own. We got in about five 45min. rides a day. Johnny entertained me, while I was in my Vicodin haze. We got fantastic feedback from those who signed up for the Ride RED Demo and for myself its the best gruppo out there. Sarah and I enjoyed a desert resort with all the fixings and we're able to relax and spend sometime away from Boulder, this time together.
Now. I'm still recovering a bit, the ribs feel almost healed and the soreness is manageable. Of course, as per not being able to fully relax during my off season due to bit of stress about what I will do for next season, I guess time will tell.
Thanks for the support.