I’m currently psyching myself up for a 10-day whirlwind!
Tomorrow starts 3 days at Pain Pathways cycling camp and I’m very very excited. Work has been extremely busy so far this year and I’m already in need of a break. Three days of riding my bike with all of my teammates is just what the doctor ordered. Marianne, Hannah and I are going to leave Charlotte mid-day tomorrow to get to camp and get a ride in with a few other teammates later in the day. Saturday and Sunday will include the whole team and lots of discussion, meeting our sponsors, season team race goals, tactics, and, of course, lots of riding. We’ll work on attacking, counter-attacks, sprinting, lead-outs, etc. Triathlon camp was great, but we all know I had my “swim anxiety”. There’s no swimming at cycling camp so no anxiety here 🙂
We’ll be back Sunday evening just in time for me to unpack, and re-pack for a marathon work trip to California on Monday at 7am. 3 day’s of cycling camp and jet lag…sounds like a great recipe! Our trip to L.A. and, what seems like every city in a 300 mile radius, will include visiting 12 properties that I have previously, am currently, or soon will underwrite. As we all know, traffic in L.A. can be terrible, and with the amount of driving we’ll be doing, there’s really no predicting now long it will take to get from one city to the next (Escondido, Anaheim, Riverside, Irvine, Century City, Glendale, and a few more I’m forgetting). At this point, my “boss” and I haven’t even booked a hotel because we can’t predict where we’ll be! Training should be interesting.
I return from California on Thursday evening in just enough time to un-pack, re-pack (story of my life) and hit the road Friday to my parents / Baltimore! I’ve decided to buy a custom made bike from Parvilla Cycle and Multisport…near Baltimore, MD. Yes, you can get custom bikes here in Charlotte (before like 10 people ask) but I met Stu Waring, owner of Parvilla, a few weeks ago here in Charlotte and he helped re-fit me on my triathlon bike. He is phenomenal. I had planned to buy a Giant Trinity from Uptown Cycles but Stu was able to take my stack / reach calculations which determined that even the size small Trinity would be about 3″ too long for my reach! Thank god I met with Stu before writing that check! Stu and I discussed a ton of bikes while he was here and went over my measurements on Slow Twitches stack and reach profile in order to determine which brand / style bikes would be the best for me. After about 5 hours with Stu, we decided a custom bike would be best!
So I head to my parents house on Friday to drop the dogs, my sister and her boyfriend off at my parents. I’ll be up bright and early Saturday to make the drive to Parvilla for my fitting for my custom Guru CR.901!! I’m OVER THE MOON excited for my new bike, that is built for ME and only me…to MY exact specifications. I can’t think of anything cooler…yes, I’m a tri geek. I am still deciding on my final paint scheme but anyone who knows me knows it will be only black, white or gray. I don’t do colors for cars or bikes…especially red! I’m 99% sure I’ll do all matte black, and I’m considering a gray “Guru” accent, but that will be decided next weekend. I’ve already sold my be-loved Kuota that has served me so well for the past 3 years…but one of my favorite clients will be riding her and carrying on her legacy on the NC tri circuit. 🙂
After my bike fitting, I’ll make my way to Glen Burnie, MD to visit with one of my bestest friends Aubrey – also known as logo-designer and website-assistant-extraordinaire. Aubrey and I have known each other since about 3 weeks after arriving at Elon in 1998 and I can’t wait to see her! (God, 1998 – 2012. I feel OLD)!
Blogging might be spotty for a while but I hope to check in periodically and update on my adventures. Have a great Friday and weekend everyone!