Oh man, it feels sooooo good to sit down. Im pretty crispy after a hard nine days of racing at the Tour de Suisse. Currently I’m watching the sun rise and the alpenglow on the peaks above, serenaded by the distant clanging of cowbells from the alpine meadow out our door, while my jet-lagged wife sleeps peacefully. I couldn’t be more content.
It has been a crazy month and a half. Non stop racing and travel combined with the intense focus that comes with trying to achieve my best performances to achieve my biggest goals. We even moved into our new house during all this! Well, Loren did, Ive only been at the new digs for a couple days! With a new stars and stripes jersey on my back, a ticket to London in my hand, and a rather silly amount of stage wins for my teammate Peter Sagan at the recent tours of California and Switzerland, Im happy to revel in the fact that at least this last 6 weeks af slamming it has paid off royally. Needless to say, I am ready for a little break now. My wife Loren, who Ive hardly seen lately, just flew over yesterday to watch the final stage of the Tour de Suisse before we head off for some R&R and get some peace and quiet soaking up high altitude in the Dolomites. Ill use the few weeks of down time to recover from a hard period of racing and training and shut off mentally, and most importantly, to refocus on the next mission for the second part of my season. Obviously the Olympics are the biggest focus. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am fully commited to the success of Team USA in London. Ill be racing with my Liquigas-Cannondale teammates at the Tour of Poland in the weeks preceding to ramp into the Olympics. Soon after London it will be back to the States for Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado.
Another intense period coming up but im looking forward to it. The time is now.
“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion.”