The Days Are Getting Longer
Getting kitted up to train these days feels more like preparation for a lunar mission than preparation for a bike ride, and I have to admit, sometimes I miss California, where winter means 15 C and a Peppermint Mocha on the Peet’s Coffee menu. Then again, I hear they may float away into the Pacific following this past series of rainstorms. I guess there’s no free lunch.
Training has ramped up with long hours of sub-zero rides in sleet and snow to prepare for — ahem — a race in the Persian Gulf. That’s right: all of this cold weather should toughen me up good for the 30 C temps and sunshine at the Tour of Qatar. My training buddy Westy assures me that it’s actually a beauty camp, with tanning and full body exfoliation by wind and sand. Well, one thing is for sure: I’ll be one of the whitest peeps in the peloton.
Prior to Qatar, I’ll be spending a few days with my new team: the KUOTA Speed Kueens. Our first training camp commences soon at a Hütte in the mountains, where we’ll get to know one another and learn some XC ski technique with the help of a former World Champion. I can’t wait. It’s going to be like a language camp for this Auslander, which likely means lot’s of fun, and just as much confusion. As David said when we spent the weekend with his Austrian Aunt and Uncle at a time when we spoke very little German, “Ich verstehe nicht, aber viel Spass!”
I haven’t been taking many photos recently, mainly due to the schlechtes weather. It’s far too cold and nasty out to have the camera in my pocket on rides, and when I’m not riding, well, I generally huddle inside with hot tea (hence, this photograph).
That said, I have a bunch of photographs from December that I have yet to post. Those may constitute the next few entries, at least until I do something more interesting than training, e.g., Team Camp in the Alps or racing in Qatar. Stay tuned.
(image by me)