Just waking up after an evening flight home from the 4 day GHD Team Camp in Austin, TX. A camp that consisted of a good day of testing followed up with a good 11 hours of riding in two days, left me sleeping hard last night and hoping this mornings cup of coffee will get me through what most certainly will be a long day.
Day 1 of our glorious training camp mostly consisted of evening arrivals and me flying in earlier then my teammates and taking full advantage by knocking out a serious homework session before what was sure to be a busy 72 hours ahead. After bike builds, everyone got to start interacting with one another and begin to settle into the house. All the guys quickly began to click with one another and the oh so crucial team bonding began. I don't think it was more than 10 or 20 minutes after arriving at the house, that the pranks and jokes began.
After a good nights sleep, a big breakfast, and one too many cups of coffee, we all set off on day 2, which meant off to Kevin Livingston's amazing "Pedal Hard Training" facility in Austin, where we all threw down some killer testing and blood samples to see where the bodies were at in this fine month of February. Once that was luckily done and dusted, we made the drive back to the team house for a team meeting and dinner, but not before we filled our bodies with coffee and cafe goods from the one and only Juan Pelota coffee shop.
Day 3 was nice and big! We crushed 6 plus hours on the bike with the company of the VooDoo race team and basically rode a lot of miles and ate a lot of food. Oh, and we may or may not have gotten lost, we were never certain as to where we were due to the rolling hills and many trees, causing us to depend heavily on our leader/ tour guide/ host houser/ Ex-bad-ass-World-Tour-Pro, Mr. Livingston. The night was full of eating, laughter, eating, Billiards, dessert, and of course, SLEEP!
Day 4, was our final day. On tap was another big ride in the morning in which we of course threw down at all the City Limit signs and hilltoppers. I mean, come on, one simply does not leave a state without stealing at least one KOM. Once we arrived back at the house, it was quick to bike packing and a few more good meetings before we all set off back to our lives. After what was a relatively easy airport check in experience, we all found some amazing BBQ (a must/ certainty while in Austin), before jumping on the plane and going our different ways.
I now have a few days here before the start of the VOS Stage race and the rest of my season. I will be throwing up race and travel recaps throughout the year. Make sure that you like Gateway Harley-Davidson/ TREK on Twitter and Facebook for all the daily goodness and live race updates at the big races!
BIG THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONSORS THAT WIL HELP US ACHIEVE ALL OF OUR DREAMS THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TREK___TREKMIDWEST__GATEWAY HARLEY-DAVIDSON, SRAM, Renaissance Financial, Barfly, Capo Cycling Apparel, ESI Grips, SPY, Pedal Hard Training Center, Honey Stinger, Skratch Labs, Trek Bicycle/Bontrager, and Trek Midwest for the 2014 season. With Jim Schneider, Kevin Livingston,Chris Creed, Cameron Rex, Josh Johnson, Rudyard Peterson, and Don Dennis Rmz.