August 1, 2009
Written by Steven Cozza
After a good 5 week break from racing, I headed back over the great big pond to my racing home base in Girona, Spain. I have to say it sure feels good to be back to this European paradise. What a place Girona is both to ride bikes and live.
The time I was able to spend at home in California was great but also frustrating at times. I had more than my share of doctor appointments and test for my GI problems. It was frustrating the whole time not knowing what was wrong with me but after working with 5 different people and doing loads of my own research, I think we have determined that I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This condition is not as serious as other ones I was worried I had, but it still can be a huge problem if ignored and not treated. I am starting to figure it all out and learn what I can and can’t eat, along with other strategies to try and settle things down a bit… if you know what I mean! haha J.
Tonight I got all packed up and ready to fly to Poland tomorrow morning. I am more than excited to go to a country I have never been to before and race all around it. My parents and sister will also be following the whole race, so I am really excited to see them over here. It’s not everyday my family gets to see me race, so this is a big deal to me.
Tour of Poland is a seven day stage race with long stages. This is just what I need to get the speed and endurance of racing back into my legs after such a long break from racing.
Right now I am taking it day by day and race by race, but it is very possible I will be racing my first grand tour this September in the Vuelta Espana. I will keep you posted and will find out more as time goes on and as I find some form.
Well, it’s time for me to go to bed. More posts to come from me and my family.
Thanks for reading,