|Shani, Jenny and I enjoying a rest day|
I promised a race report after
Redlands – but that is not what you will be
getting. In fact I think this will be
better :) I’m the first to admit that I didn’t have the
best races in San Dimas and Redlands.
I blame it on a mix of only riding the trainer (competing against girls
who live in California),
not being used to the heat (same excuse applies to this one), and being a bit
of a pansy. I have, however, learned
from most of my mistakes in the past – so I am making a huge effort to work on
what threw me off this past month.
|I met Johnny Depp - in my dreams!|
my so called ‘vacation’ began. I have
been working 3 jobs and training full time for the past 4 months so I was
really looking forward to a bit of time off!
My boyfriend and I went to L.A.
and stayed with his friend in the Hollywood Hills. I only saw Nick Jonas jogging (soft J), and
some guy from Entourage – which was a little disappointing for me (I loooove
celebrities!) but still note worthy. We
ate at a members only club called the SOHO and
crushed Universal Studios – which was much cooler then I had imagined! I was then shipped back to Palm Springs where my team mate Leah and her
Family took care of me and forced me to work on my tan lines by the pool. On a side note – Palm Springs is by far the HOTTEST place I
have ever been…absolutely insane.
|I ended up surprising people with my climbing|
on Geysers at camp - and got a prize for it!
Then the infamous TRT team camp began. We stay at a beautiful hotel in
Santa Rosa for a week,
and do as much training as I would normally do in 5 weeks. I can honestly say I had the best time of my
life – and we all came away raving about how we wish we could live like that
forever. Rides began at 9 sharp, and
with 5 hour ride times being the norm (sometimes 6…7..), we would get back with
just enough time to sun tan by the pool before our nightly team bonding and
delicious dinners. A new tradition was
enforced this year at camp – swim races!
You would think we would be exhausted from killing each other on the
climbs during the day – but at night our competitive spirit was reawakened and
we would challenge each other to who could hold their breath the longest under water and who was faster at breast stroke. It got so heated that the sponsors placed
bets on who would win – thank gosh no one bet on my butterfly stroke :)
|The pool at The Flamingo - where swim races took place :)|
This year it has really hit me how lucky I am to be doing what I am doing. The support I (and all the riders on TRT) get is insane. Our sponsors and management truely believe in us, and support our cycling and life dreams fully. So if any of the TRT family is reading this – Thank You :)
I leave you with wise words from our team camp:
‘When opportunity knocks at your door – punch it in the face!’
- Anthony Michael, Canadian Olympic Rower