Everything is going well here in Poland, Tara was seventh in the pursuit today and has improved from 16th place last year. She has done incredibly well this year, and has a lot more racing to come this week! Zach races the points race tonight.
Yesterday afternoon it was beautiful and I took a few photos from around our eastern European hotel.
It snowed last night and was so beautiful outside our window
And a photo from the track. (From left to right, myself, Tara, Travis and Zach)
When I was in Calgary I made these colorful almond cookies, and even though the colors are a bit crazy (or shall we say traditional?) they were delicious. (Mom and dad they are in the freezer under the fridge when you get home 🙂 )
Just a quick note today to mention that I am at the airport on my way to Poland! (For the World Championships!)
I am not sure exactly what changed, I didn’t have much time to ask questions. Tanya called me yesterday morning to let me know. (I had just woken up and actually didn’t answer the phone because I am not very personable first thing in the morning, but after the 3rd time she called I figured it might be something important 😉
I will be racing next Friday for sure, and possible one other day. Results can be followed here.
PS Alison, a friend of a friend from CA, wrote this really cool post about me. Check it out!
What a little whirlwind this adventure south has been for me. Just as I started to feel really comfortable here, had finally settled into a daily routine and training was going fantastic, I was given some very surprising information. I will not be going to the World Championships.
Four Canadians qualified in individual events for the Championships, but as a country, based on the average number of entries at the World Cups, we only qualified three spots. It was evaluated that Zach Bell, Tara Whitten and Travis Smith have the best chances of doing top 10 performances and have been selected to participate. The entries rule had slipped passed the administration and the coaching staff of the CCA, tickets had been booked and everything was arranged. I was informed a couple of days ago that I would no longer be participating and was shocked. The main purpose of my trip here was to train for this race. I made the commitment to my riding. I left school and my boyfriend which were very hard decisions. I am riding as fast as I ever have. In the grand scheme of my cycling career I realize that this isn’t that big of a deal. But I had earned my spot to compete, and it has left me feeling confused.
I have not figured out what exactly I will do next, the Pan American Championships are in May and trials for these are at the beginning of April.
I am very grateful for my adventure down to California. I really did live the “full time athlete” lifestyle (in my own way of course, it involved learning to sew again which I am very pleased about) and I met some truly amazing people and friends. I will be sad to leave them for the summer.
The team heading down to Worlds is small but mighty, Travis is finally coming back after a very bad injury, Tara has made an awesome break through with 5 World Cup medals this season, and Zach won his first ever World Cup.
I look forward to posting their results!
Have a great week,
Thanks to Richard Wooles and the CCA (Canadian Cycling Association) I have a new racing machine. It is the new Dolan and I really like it. It’s much lighter than my old bike and its nice and shiny (which, by the way, has been proven to make you go faster ;))