Archive for May, 2007
Just a quick update before the internet goes down!
I’m finished with racing now, but had a great 3 days of racing. I ended up with a win in the Keirin and a Silver in the Sprints. The Keirin was fantastic! The first round was just about testing out the track and seeing how well the track carried speed. I made it through and geared up for the Final. There were two girls that I was really watching in the final; Guerra (fast cuban) and Diana Garcia (columbian). Guerra has really great form, so I knew that the only scenerio I didn’t want was for her to be right on me. However, I drew 1st position and she got right behind in a bit of a fight. When the motor pulled, GArcia attacked over the top, but I fought to hold the lead and it was full on for the next two laps. Everyone was fighting to maintain position. Guerra started coming by in the last turn, but I fought to the line for a photo finish! I won on the better bike throw 😉
The Sprints came the next day. I qualified second and everything was smooth sailing til the South American virus hit me! I had the deadly stomache virus and could barely get through, but got on some antibiotics and the pink bottle of Pepto! The next day I was a bit better and had Contraras (mexican) in the semi’s. We went to three rides, but I got it in the end. And the final was against Guerra. It was very good tactically, but she had too good of form. I was happy with the silver medal. I came into the Continentals knowing that my form wouldn’t be great because of my extensive break after World Champs, so to come away with a gold and silver I was happy with that.
I’ll try and post pics when I get home. Gotta go to the track to cheer on the boys for Team Sprint and Colby and Brad in Madison.
Today has been really relaxed. I didn´t get on the track today. I just hung around the hotel and rode rollers. I have three days of racing ahead of me, so a day to rest the nervous system should work well.
The excitement of the day consists of waiting for the elevator! You can´t imagine how slow an elevator could possibly be until you´ve experienced this one. And I happen to be staying on the 16th floor………yikes. This whole trip is about testing your patience.
I am feeling good for tomorrow´s Keirin. It should be fun racing with the South Americans! There will be some slicin and dicin out there I´m sure…………
We finally found internet! Luckily, some taxi driver that Adam befriended showed us the way. Through a cubby hole, into a demolished casino undergound, there lies a video/internet shop. All 12 computers seem to be running off the same dial up. Oh well, i will take it.
The track is not too bad. Very bumpy with 44 degree turns and 15 degree straights, but keeps speed pretty nicely. First day of doing some real efforts and it was good, that is, if you held your breath going through turn 2! I don´t think venezuela got the memo about lead paint and all! Just a few last minute preperations seem to be going on around the facility. Who needs bathrooms anyway!
I won´t complain, cause as long as we´re safe, I am happy. We have been told by quite a few people that this country is one of the worst in the world. We are not to leave the hotel or the velodrome area. And we definetely can´t flash any super hot Oakleys walking down the street! ç
Wish me luck on the walk back to the hotel. I have three boys with me, so we should be good.
I’m leaving for Valencia, Venezuela tomorrow for the Pan American Championships. I haven’t competed in a Pan Am Championship for several years, so it should be fun. I never know what to expect when I go to South America. It could be a great 5 star hotel or it could be a bunk bed with one sheet! And the track could be fantastic or like riding on old side walk?
I’ll try and update with photos when I arrive. Gotta finish packing 😉
Our house in Long Beach is finally feeling like a cozy home and a great place to come back to after long, hard training sessions. My teammate Adam & I have managed to make it quite nice, considering our goal was to spend as little as possible. Thank You Craigslist!
The last couple of weeks I’ve been getting back to usual training. Normally after World Championships, I can start training without much intensity, however, this year, I have to contest the Continental Championships in Valencia, Venezuela on May 21-24th. Although, it will be really tough to be on great form, it will be crucial that I score some points towards an Olympic start position next year. This is the first of many UCI races that award points towards an Olympic berth. This means I’ve had to get back into the heavy gym work and heavy sessions on the track. I was out of the gym for 7 weeks, including my lead up to Worlds and my time off after the Worlds, so it has been quite a shock to my body! However, I am really excited to do work in the gym with our two new weight coaches. Two really great guys that are going to be working with Momentum Cycling leading up to Olympics. My first session with them, I improved my Power Clean heaps! I did my old max for 3 sets of 3 reps easily! I can’t wait to go for a new max next week.