Just a quick hello, and chat letting you know I am okay. Have recently gone from the East coast to West coast in the past few weeks. The US Open in Virginia, was a bit of a mess, perhaps. However it was well worth the effort to deal with the harsh conditions, (snow and mighty cold weather) for cycling to get Nationally broadcast. Mechanical issues during the finishing circuits ended my day a bit short. The team helped me with a bike change and tried to get me back in, but with the technical circuits it made it rather difficult to catch back on. Bike racing...
Flew home to Boulder for a few days, then back off, but to California this time. Monterey, for the Sea Otter Classic. Sarah came along which made the trip much more pleasant. It was great having her support in person while on the road. She helped the team out on both days with the feed zone and preparing the bottles, she's a full-on seigneur. I hope we can make it work that she can come to a few more events during the season.
We have been back for a week, the weather has been nice and I have been able to complete my training for the Tour of Virginia that starts next Tues. It's looking to be a nice stage race, with a good mix of crits, long mountainous road races and a time trial. My fitness is coming along well and I am hoping to do very well.
I'll come home after that and have a solid two and half weeks to prepare for the RAS, (Tour of Ireland). I am thrilled to have the opportunity to race this prestigious stage race. I am pleased to have the freedom from the team to come home and prepare specifically for this event. It will be a highlight of my season, so I wish to be fully prepared.