It has been quite some time since my last blog entry, but today that will change. I left off with great finale to my 2011 season finishing runner up in Belgium. Since then, so much has changed!
This is the beginning of many blogs to come so watch out. I am going to try and recap all my events from here on out!
Shortly after returning from Belgium I sent off my resume to a number of teams that I thought would be a good fit. I was eventually contacted by Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling and offered a spot on the 2012 roster. I felt the environment would be perfect for my first professional season. I was ready to train my butt off over the winter and started doing just that.
Of course something had to get in my way of world domination, and it came in the form of a mysterious back/leg/nerve injury. Probably one of the most difficult things I have ever had to deal with. I spent a ton of money going to great doctors with very little in return. In the end I had to suck it up, train the best I could. I continued to do my own corrective exercises and work with a one PT (Charlie Merrill) and a couple talented massage therapists.
Team camp kicked off at the end of february, I came in unsure of how my leg would hold up. Fortunately it did its job and I was able to ride everyday. I must say that team camp was much different than I originally envisioned it. The atmosphere was much different and actually much more comfortable than I anticipated. I immediately felt comfortable with my new teammates and truly enjoyed the experience. We had the opportunity to ride with many of the employees and executives at Paramount Farms.
The two days that we spend riding with them was truly a privilege and it helped me understand and really respect the company and their support to cycling. The people behind the scenes were very sincere and respectable individuals which is important to me.
Along with pictures, riding, meetings and all the other fun that comes with team camp, we had a couple amazing meals at Justins Winery. I have never been much of a wine drinker, and I know very little about it, but I’m fairly certain this was good wine. It was amazing and since then I have searched out Justin’s wine in Boulder liquor stores. Yes, you can get it here!
Camp wrapped up with a long long drive back to Colorado.
Upon returning to Colorado, I trained as best I could and began racing with my new teammate Eric Bennett. Racing in boulder guarantees that the pace will be fast, and most elite teams will bring about 10 riders. Racing anything in Boulder is a humbling experience. If you havent raced a local RR or Crit in boulder, you don’t know what its like to be dropped by a guy on a 30 year old 10 speed with hairly legs in the pro 1-2′s. I love it!….and hate it
Basically the season started off great with solid placings in the Stazio crits, City park crit and a few other local races. I kind of expected it to be a slow start and really focus on late season racing. While it has been a better start than I predicted, I still have a lot of work to do. The biggest issue with this lingering injury is that the leg gets more uncomfortable, the longer the ride.
As the season progressed it became time to head out and do some real NCC crit races. Last week as I was putting the finishing touches on my training for the Tour de Grove, I was rather stupidly taken out at a local training crit. The result was a lot of missing skin, a sore hip and shoulder, as well as some carnage to the bike. I spent a week trying to recooperate and recover. I have been in alot of crashes racing motocross and broken a lot of bones, but I was still surprised at how much the crash affected me. I thought I would be riding by the weekend. Turns out I wouldn’t get back on the bike till a week later….just in time to hit up the practice crit again.
My eyes are now firmly set on getting in the best shape that I can for Baskins Ridge and then hopefully Philly. I will do my best to keep everyone updated on my training over the next w weeks as I build towards Philly.
What to look forward to
I’m going to write up a blog detailing the bikes we are riding this year (Broken Bones Bicycles) as well as some of the other cool components we are utilizing. Lets see if anyone who knew me as a child remembers how much I loved pistachios. I know there are a couple…