To my fans,
Welcome to my new and improved website. It is still in the making, but well on its way to becoming what I have envisioned it to be. I am really excited about this new web site because it will keep you guys more updated and informed on how I am doing – along with where I am in the world. I really appreciate all your continued support and look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have. I now have the capability to do this – directly through written or video updates.
Also, as many of you know, helping others is very important to me. Very soon, you will be able to join my official fan club and receive cool stuff autographed photos and get exclusive access to interviews and video. The most important aspect of the fan club is that all membership dues will be donated to charity to help children in need all over the world. This will be a new driving force behind my desire to race and achieve success. It will be a great feeling to know that my fans are behind me to help raise money and offer help to children who are in less fortunate situations. More details on this endeavor will be posted to my site very shortly. And thanks again for your support!
On to the latest report…
This year has probably been one of the more challenging years of my career so far. After a hard winter of training, I was ready for the racing season. Usually as the season goes on you have your good days and bad days on the bike. In the past, I have had way more good days than bad, but this year has been a battle against the bad days.
I have broken through quite a few brick walls this year – always trying to keep my focus and my head up. This spring I was strong, but not consistently strong, and struggled all the way into the summer. After the Dauphine stage race in France, it was definitely time for me to take a break from racing. This came at a good time because it was always in the plan to either race the Tour de France or go back to California to rest and rebuild in my training for August, September and Octobers races.
Since coming back to California for the month of July, I was able to take a little over a week off the bike and just canoe and fish the whole time. I even was lucky enough to get to have Jen fly out over the 4th of July weekend. Since she is so busy with work back in Georgia, I really don’t get to see her all that much. And of course I miss her to death, so this was a nice break for us and also a chance for us to go camping together – something I’ve wanted to experience with her for a long time now.
Since then I started to rebuild by just doing rides in accordance to how I felt and now I am back working closely with my Coach Dario to prepare for the up and coming Tour of Poland, starting August 2nd. Today I just completed an awesome motor pacing session behind my dad and feel really positive as well as motivated on the bike – both very important things. My dad is great at driving the Vespa, but today he got a bit crazy in one of the turns going down HWY 1 towards Bodega bay. He looked like Evil Knievel on that thing and I was sure he was going to skid right off the cliff. He kept it up but man I have never been so worried for him in my life. Haha!
Tomorrow I go in for my last medical check. It’s not going to be such a fun day having to get a colonoscopy, but I’ll get through it. I have been having trouble with my digestion the past year and am trying to figure some things out and possibly linking it to my less than great form this year. We will see, but one thing’s for sure – tomorrow’s going to suck.
After this check up, I will continue my preparation for tour of Poland and then head back to Girona, Spain, later this month (my European home base). I am very excited for these last 3 months of racing.
Despite being down and out for the past month, it has been so great to be able to spend time with my family and friends, along with train on some of my favorite roads in the world back in Sonoma county. Just this week I was able to do Kings Ridge, the Geysers, Fort Ross and Colman Valley. It’s truly a cyclist paradise.
More exciting news to come…
Thanks for reading.