This past couple of weeks I have been over on the West Coast, training and doing some races with the Gateway Harley Davidson squad. Its always fun to travel but one thing never changes and that is how crappy airports are.
Seriously, want a bag of nuts that’s 80 calories, that will be five dollars. Its just ridiculous how expensive everything is there and to me everything always seems a bit lower quality. The Subway sandwiches don’t taste as fresh or as good as they do in regular stores.
Don’t even get me started on bike box fees, basically you pay $150 bucks just to have a bunch of people throw your bike around and have TSA steal parts from you. Yeah, that’s right TSA loves to take things out of the bike box and not put them back in. It’s almost like you are paying someone to punch you in the face. It just sucks and last I checked it was called theft.
So we usually end up walking aimlessly around the airport looking for the cheapest healthiest options we can find. Sadly, Josh couldn’t find anything either.
All of our flights got in pretty late, due to us having school, we all seemed to be pretty tired when we arrived the next morning. It always sucks when you have travel legs and you have to do a time trial, but none-the-less I still enjoyed being in Cali.
The weather was hot! Really hot, we are talking 97 degrees outside, I felt as if I was suffocating. Kind of like sticking your head inside an oven and trying to breath. It was hot! Coming from cold weather too that was a huge shock to my system. I ended up feeling like I just could not get enough water in me.
Unfortunately, it felt that way all weekend long too, just unreasonably hot. So when it came time for the road race, it just seemed as though I couldn’t get enough feeds to keep me from overheating. At about the last quarter of the race I ran out of water. That’s when I exploded and just melted my brain.
Im talking throbbing headaches! I had to stop and pull over as I threw up in my mouth from the heat exhaustion. Needless to say, it was not a pleasant sight. I could see the other guys dealing with it too, just a painful way to take yourself out of a race.
This is why I believe everyone should train in the heat of the day, because when it comes time for a race; you do not want to blow up cause of heat exhaustion.
It was a shame really, cause I really liked the new changes to the course. They made it a lot more challenging and safer than it was a year ago and I was excited to race it.
The next day we all decided that we would go and climb from the bottom of the time trial course to the top of Mt. Baldy, that way we would be able to get some good training in.
The climb was amazing! It was long, steep in certain areas and made for a fun ride. We spent a little over two hours, with some stops, climbing. It made me wish that I had a mountain where I live cause it was just such a fun time.
We ended up stopping at the top for some water and food and it made for a pretty sight. Afterwards we had an hour descent that we were just railing and having a blast on. It made for great cornering practice.
I like to use descending to practice looking for the right lines in the corner, because they really make you go faster on the descent and who doesn’t like speed right?
After we finished the ride we headed down to the beach and hung out. It was fun to watch the people doing their crazy things, like whipping. Yes, thats right… there were a bunch of people practicing whipping??
Then we made our way to the pier and watched the waves slamming into the shore. I love the smell of the ocean too, there’s always something refreshing about it.
The next day we headed out to Phoenix, Arizona. We had a really awesome host house, thanks to Craig and Renee Keaty. They took such good care of us and where as always super cool.
While we were in AZ, we basically got to train all day and hang out for the rest of the night. It was so much fun, we would just joke around on the rides, quoting Durianrider and sometimes attacking each other when it called for it.
We even tried to hunt rattle snakes at one point, but there were none to be found. Craig and Renee also made some awesome meals for us, with the world tour help from Dennis.
It felt great to get back outside and ride for six hours in the sun too. I got a pretty nice tan from it too! We even did one of my favorite rides out there, when we road to the bottom of Bartlett lake and back. AZ has those steady grades that just go for what seems like forever too, so you can really come away with some great training.
All in all it has been a great week of training and I am looking forward to what is in the future for the team.