Well well well, welcome back to the written musings and blather of my conciousness! Let’s dispense with the “long time no sees” and get on with the future, which is now, and for your reading pleasure, is the Tour of Califonia as seen through the eyes of myself and for your benefit, my camera phone.
Truth be told, I have missed writing this blog. it is about time I got back to it if not for the sake of anyone who may choose to read it then for my own amusement. Curtis Zimmerman of Missingsaddle fame made me a sweet new layout, and to honor it I spent about an hour writing a super duper kick off post on the way to stage 1…and then managed to lose it during my inept use of WordPress. So you will be losing out on my sharper nerves before getting the race underway, and also a description of how on my flight from Atlanta a protein shake in my bag exploded and spilled from the overhead locker ALL OVER the person sitting behind me. The orginal story was more descriptive but also less time efficient so really all you have to do is picture a Banana Republic shirted business man suddenly engulfed in a sticky chocolate cataract and my ensuing prostration in embarassmet and horror. His implaccable calm led to an unsatisfactory resolution of the matter, as did the lack of humor involved when I saw him 4 hours later on my next flight. Ah well at least he didn’t cause me bodily harm!
Anyway, onwards to the race. We are a few minutes from the stage start in Davis. Yesterday I went down with 300m to go by plowing into Boonen when he hit the deck. I had my moment of “ohhhhh shhhiiiiiiiiiiiit” as I realized I wasn’t going to be able to miss him, and went right into the poor dudes back. Flipped over, nice tuck and roll, and then someones chainring ended up running over my arm. Spent a few mins on the ground and then realized I was ok. Phew!
Today looks like a good one with 4 categorized climbs and one of them a cat 2 30km from the finish. Looking for that break so I can have an easier ride up the hills! And of course so I can say hello to all my favorite blog readers on TV!
Here are some pics, check back later for more about the race!