I've had a ton of stuff to write about but haven't even had time to do any updates lately. As a bike racer most busy days consist of sitting in a hotel room wasting time before a ride or race and resting in the hotel room after. Sometimes they consist of wasting time sitting on a plane or in some other way. I've actually been experiencing some interesting stuff lately but seem to be loosing the data. Before I get to the good/different stuff, here is a run down of the races the past couple of days.
Ahh, Vegas Cross, you're so bad to me. I have never had a good Vegas but thought that was going to change in 2010. I had my best preparation ever, no jet lag from being at Worlds or World Cup Finals in Europe. I almost had a full week on CX bike before the race. I had 2 motor pace sessions and a CX work out in the park under my belt before the race, was use to the hot dry air and still I had nothing. There is nothing worse then dying to stay on the wheel and suffering like a dog knowing you're going to be a non-factor in the race. I had high hopes in the first few laps and took the lead in the chase group for about 10 seconds before crashing into the stairs when i didn't get out of my pedal in time. I hurt my hand a little bid and from there I was just counting down the laps until it was over. When it was I rolled in for a whooping 15th place. Great.
Today was the first USGP in Madison, WI. The race started much like Vegas and I was pretty far back at the end of the first lap. I finally clicked into gear midway through the race and caught the chase group. J-Pows and TJ were already way up the road. I was riding the stair run up and gained ground there every lap except the first one when I crashed trying to do it. Page and I were driving the pace at the end but Huele got in front of me and gapped off Page so I couldn't get around him in the run up and had to settle for a sprint and wound up getting 4th. I didn't lose any ground to Page in the sprint though so that's good for me. I have 2 more hours of bike racing before a 2 week break.
Life is good in St George. The course was in awesome condition and we all played pretty well. Rude didn't get the message that plaid and stripes don't go together but that's the least of his problems.
Coral Canyon is one of my favorite courses, we played in about 3:30 hours and didn't have anyone in front or behind us. Awesome. After the round we checked into our hotel and my room stunk like BO but was close to the truck and I had a lot of crap to drag in. Rude and Barthel's room smelled like smoke so they changed it. The spin is where things got good, check these guys out. Wakeboarding St. George style.
Your eyes aren't deceiving you, that's a quad driving in the St. George river pulling a guy on a wake/skim board. They have some stunts set up in the river, looks like a jump and rail slide. I've never seen that before.
The next day Rude and I went for a good ride in the morning and after doing a hard effort I had the worst allergy attack ever. I've never had allergies but felt great the whole time before we pinned it and afterward I couldn't stop sneezing and blowing my nose. That wasn't good for our golf at Wolf Creek.
Wolf Creek is one of the most photographed courses in the Southwest. It's beautiful but they had just over seeded it and it was in crap shape. The only Ts open were 3 tees up and the cost was big. After the first 2 holes the wind started pumping. It was the same day tents we re blowing over at the dirt demo. I played horrible and my nose didn't stop running until I bought some Benadryl at the gas station after the round. That stuff sucks but is better then stuffing a tissue in your nose all day. The landscape at Wolf Creek is awesome.
From there we went to Vegas and it was great to catch up with everyone from Specialized. It was really cool to hang out with Booby, the old TM and Beno, the new TM. Going out after the race was super fun as always but the next day I was pretty tired. I get over that town pretty quick, it's fun for 1 night with your friends but after that I'm ready to go. Rude and I flew out early Friday morning and by the time we had landed in Denver I my allergies had cleared up and I haven't had to take any Benadryl since. Good thing it's not on the banned list.
Tomorrow night Rude and I fly back to Sin City and drive back to Durango on Monday. We're hoping to hit one more golf course, Sand Hallow on the way home. It has been a whirlwind trip with some hard races but a lot of fun times hanging out with friends. It's great to hang out with the cross guys again I haven't seen since nationals as well.
I wonder what Winston and Meg are doing right now.....