Tucson is my favorite winter training grounds and that's where I'm currently writing from this morning. I've been here for a couple of weeks now, settling into a rhythm and looking forward to some of the hard days ahead.
Beautiful views of the desert...
I’m really looking forward to next year, I just finished a phone conversation with my coach and my director for next year - Michael Engleman and Ed Beamon. I love having this conversation each year, talking about what races you want to do, which races you want to win and at this moment, anything is possible.
Riding with friends - Cari Higgins and Kathryn Bertine...
And then in the back of my mind I can’t help but think it’s only a few short months away, which is fine for training and preparing but my worry comes more in the form of travel these days. I can imagine that we will fly into Brussels, pretty standard location for spring racing. I keep watching the news and wonder how much ISIS will effect the everyday movement of people.
I guess the best thing for me to do is keep doing what I do and hope the races will continue and that we will arrive at those races and put on a show for those that come out.
So my preliminary schedule is as follows:
Jan. 9-15 - San Luis, Argentina
Feb. 10-16 - training camp, California
Feb. 27 - Het Nieuswsblad, Belgium
Feb. 28 - Tielt Winge, Belgium
March 5 - Strade Bianche, Italy
March 12 - Ronde van Drenthe, Holland
March 27 - Gent Wevelgem, Belgium
April 3 - Tour of Flanders, Belgium
April 6-10 - Energiewacht Tour, Holland
April 17 - Gelderland, Holland
April 20 - Fleche Wallone, Huy, Belgium
May 19-22 Amgen Tour of California
May 27-29 National Championships, Winston Salem
May 30 - Winston Salem race
June 2-3 - Gatineau, Canada
June 5 - Philadelphia race
July 15 -21 - Thuringen, Germany
July 24 - La Course, Paris, France
July 30 - Ride on Purdential, London
August 6-14 - La Route de France
October 9-16 - Qatar
So this is just a start, a rough draft for the year. Once the season gets going, races start falling into place. Also, at the beginning of the year USAC will announce a long list(10 riders) from which they will choose the four riders for the Olympics - 2 road racers and 2 time trialists.
The Olympics is an interesting race among all of our races. The peleton is significantly smaller - 60-80 riders vs 120-180 riders in a typical european race - and you only have four riders on a team, normally there is six and some countries only have one or two riders, based on their country’s ranking. Anywho, it’s just a different race.
So all that being said about the Olympics, the races on the calendar may change based on who is selected for the Olympics and how the races will play out but mostly things will remain the same for yours truly.
Sorry for the photo... I've tried editing it and the uploading... I don't know...
This was a fun Thanksgiving... dad bought LED shoelaces for himself and little T. They are so silly and that's why I love them so, so much.
Reading: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
Listening: NPR morning news
Watching: The Egg Bowl this afternoon!!! GO STATE!!!
Eating: oatmeal with bananas, blueberries, a dash of cinnamon and a dollop of Noosa honey flavored yogurt.
Website: my 2016 team website(it's not up to date yet) - www.teamtibco-svb.com