The beginning of my first week in LA was a little bit tough. My legs weren’t very happy to sprint after several weeks of volume training but I just kept telling them to smarten up and go faster and reluctantly they came around. Just in time! The day of the trials was the first day I felt comfortable on my bike. And I made the time standard! I was really happy. I ended up doing one of my best ever 200s on the LA track.
This means I have done everything I can to make the Team for the Commonwealth Games in India. The rest is up to a selection committee and the team will hopefully be named soon.
This week I am in Vancouver because of a lucky turn of events. I was supposed to be in LA for one more week but the track is closed! They are replacing a generator or something. I found out about 5 days ago and immediately booked a flight to Vancouver where the guys are having a Team Pursuit camp. This week Mark and I are being hosted by a team mate named Daniele and his girlfriend Stephanie.
It is so hot here and I am relaxed already. The rest of my trip is mostly training with some fun races so the pressure is off and it feels good. Summertime!
As for adventures, I had another one this morning when I locked myself out of the house! The three others were gone to the track and I went outside (in my pyjamas) to grab something from the car not knowing that the doors automatically lock from the outside. It would be another 3 hours until they were home so I had to improvise. I could get into the shed where my bike box and the others’ bikes we were being stored, but I couldn’t build my own bike because I didn’t have my tools. But I did have a pair of shorts and a jersey hiding in my bike box. I hopped on Stephanie’s bike and I went on a ride in my flip flops!
Imagine: I’m riding down the side of the road in spandex, flip flops, no helmet, no water, no tools if I get a flat, no cell phone and no money, on a stolen bike!
There is more than one way to do a recovery ride.
After my ride (I could only ride for about an hour with no water in 30 deg temperatures) I drank from the hose and stretched on the grass. A surprisingly nice morning in surprisingly sunny Vancouver.