I like racing. I am not always good at it, but occasionally I am and that keeps me coming back. Unfortunately, so far this year I have not been very good at it.
I am off for a month now though. Sort of a forced break. Everyone has to have a job, even me. I am in Europe while writing this for basically the whole month of July. On my way to Luxembourg today, for a meeting there on Thursday. Then off to the Tour de France for a day (LeMans) to see the 2 teams that Trek sponsors. Then to a citizen race called L’etape du Tour. (It is a 9000 rider race/ride over one of the big mountain stages that the TDF will do later in the race. This year it is up over the Telegraph climb, over the Galibier climb and then up to the top of L’Alpe d’Huez – ugh… I live at sea level, so it will be really tough.) After L’etape, I will be at our European dealer event in Mayrhofen Austria from the 12th – 22nd. From there, I will go up to Paris over the weekend of the 24-25 and see the end of the TDF. Finally, I will go and visit my daughter Ali in Madrid, where she has been living for the past year. A long packed in month.
As a result of all of that, I will miss the next race in the D16 series. That will most certainly kill my chances for the overall in that series. Although, I would tell you that I was probably in a hole that was already too deep.
This year, John Buechner has really poured it on. He got a new bike this year, and that seems to have made him faster. We both got a year older, but his new bike seems to have negated that year for him. I just got older. I am on the same bike as last year, with very little changed. Last year, we were finishing right on top of each other. Literally, at the end of 2 hours we would be bumping tires into each other at the finish. This year, I cannot keep up with him. Not sure what that is all about.
I still love racing though. It will be a hard month without any racing, and almost not physical activity. Last year in July, I separated my shoulder in a MTB accident. I worked out hard at the end of July and through August and came back really strong from late August through the end of the season. I am hoping for the same thing to happen here.
Regardless, I hope that your next month of racing and riding goes great. See you in August.