Wednesday, February 28, 2018
I have decided not to ride Race Across the West this year. Unfortunately my crew chief has had to decline due to work and family commitments, and given my travels related to the boat, the complications are unlikely to improve my chances of success. I will have to find other races to use as training and perhaps find new crew.
I have been in Toronto for about two weeks now and am beginning to think about my return to Greece. I have spent a lot of time prepping for RAW, including buying a new bike (A Cervelo S3 with mechanical Ultegra – for bike folks). Here it is setup on the Computrainer in the condo with really bad lighting.
I also picked up new riding clothes, new phone and various other bits . . . alas, it is all for naught as the logistics just went over the line into way too difficult territory.
Over the past week or so I have spent about 15 hours on the bike indoors, including a 2 1/2 hour ride yesterday which is really, really hard indoors (there is no rest like you would normally get on a ride outdoors and no air, it’s stifling really). My fitness continues to improve, so I will try to continue building on that over the next year and prep for ‘shorter’ races through the year and maybe a run at full RAAM next year.
So this is just an update . . . I will be back in Athens by this time next week, fix the fridge and then find interesting places to ride before heading west through the summer and preparing for a crossing around Christmas.
Next post likely won’t be until I get on the plane next week. See you then!