As many of you know our team has been in France for almost a week riding our bikes. I am working on a video of our trip again like last year. In the meantime here is a quick update to suffice. We are staying in Courcheval the first two days were combination of jumping and riding. Our first ride after the jump session was from Coucheval over to Bourg St. Maurice then up Col de petite St. Bernard and back to Courcheval. The ride was about 90 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing. Needless to say it was quite a big first day to start the trip. The next morning after jumping we loaded up the van and drove to Grenoble to do a time trial up L'alpe d'Huez. That was brutal and some decent headwinds made it a very challenging ascent. Tay Tay had the fastest time up at around 47:30. Which is not bad considering the wind. Our third day we watch a stage of the Tour De France. We rode from Courcheval to Col de Madelaine and ascended the climb and watched the riders come by from the top. After they passed we actually had the opportunity to follow them down the hill and we rode directly to the bottom of the last climb in St. Jean de Maurienne where we got our second opportunity to watch them. Perhaps the best perk of the day was being able to get pizza and still watch the finish on TV!
Yesterday we an epic day of riding which totaled almost 8 hours in the saddle. Our ride was from St. Jean de Maurienne over telegraph, Galibier, and Croix De Fer back to St. Jean de Maurienne. It was 173 kilometers with 14,000 feet of climbing. Perhaps one of the best rides I have ever had. Check out the picture from the top of col de Galibier. Today is our last day of riding and unfortunately we have woke up to rain and wind and there is a good chance we are going to get wet today. Our team will carry on!
After Courcheval we will be heading to Oberstdorf, Germany for a couple days of jump training, and we leave on Wednesday for Russia. Our first chance to check out the new olympic facilities and the village of Sochi. Needless to say our team is pretty excited to check it out! Thanks to Honey Stinger, ColeSport, Steamboat, Fast Big Dog Racing, Space Station,
The week in steamboat started off great. I had some solid jump sessions and a good run with some of my teammates. However the bliss didn't last long. Just before our afternoon plyo session our team was playing soccer and I was unlucky enough to sprain my ankle pretty bad for the second time this year. So I will not be able to ski this weekend in the 4th of july comps. Right now my main focus is Nationals at the end of july. So all my efforts before then will be focused on rehabbing the ankle to get it back to 100% before then. However this is a great opportunity to take advantage of my down time to become more flexible.
On a lighter note the Tour De France starts tomorrow. The TDF is my favorite sporting event to watch. I have my Fantasy team in for the tour. Our team has a fantasy league which should make life even more interesting. So while everyone else is out on the grind... I will be sitting in my living room stretching, rehabbing, and watching the TDF while managing my fantasy team. Sounds pretty good to me! Dont forget to come check out this weekends comps in Steamboat!
Yesterday our team had a great ride. Almost the entire team was there. Early into our workout you could tell the level of the team was high. Everyone appears to be in pretty good shape for this time of year, which is always good to see. We are almost done with our first big block period and I think everyone is looking forward to a week of rest. After our rest week we will start the process all over again. The next few weeks are the start of a very busy summer. Summer training this year is going to fly by... as a team we have so many things going on its going to be hard to keep them all straight. I am sure we will manage in the end. Everyone is looking forward to the winter so we don't want to miss any steps on the