October 29, 2011
The off season is here and that means it is time to do many other things along with riding the bike. This fall has been a unique one because I have been dealing with an illness that I was finally properly diagnosed with. Thanks to Team NetApp’s medical team for setting me up with a very good hospital in Germany for complete testing. I spent 3 days in the Aachen University Hospital undergoing every test you could possibly have for digestive health issues. The end result was that I was told I had Colitis of the intestines. I am now doing a lot of work to fix this so that I can be at my best in the coming year of racing. To change things up a bit I have been cross training in many different ways. Some days I run, other days I lift weights and even have been doing a bit of kayaking. For more relaxing activities I have been doing quite a bit of fishing, hiking and even building furniture. I am currently making my fiancée Jen and I a dining room table. It’s pretty cool because all the power tools I am using are German made and from the 70s. My friend, who I am borrowing the tools from and learning good technique is also German.
Along with all the cross training and hobbies I have been spending as much time as I can with my friends and family. They are always happy to have me around for the off season and holidays. Dealing with Colitis has been quite stressful so it is so great to have the close support from my family for a few months. I am doing everything I can every second of the day to get better from what plagued me during my first season with team NetApp. I look forward to updating you again when l get back to racing full swing ahead.
Thanks for reading,
Professional Cyclist Team NetApp