It's almost here, the 2011 season, and with it comes my departure to Belgium once again, for another round. Last year was a learning season. Just another amateur bike racer thrown to the wolves in the gutters of Belgium. I've had plenty of time to reflect on what went right, what went wrong, and how I can correct those wrongs. I only raced half of the season really, from breaking my jaw, getting tendinitis in my right knee, and then bronchitis for a month at the end- there were a lot of races I missed.
Of course, none of that is going to happen this year! More experience in the pack equals less broken body parts. Paying attention to the aches and pains of my joints and not doing a stage race on a bum knee should go a long way. And, eating a healthier diet with plenty of rest will ward off any major illnesses. Those three things are pretty simple, but it was those simple things that put a huge damper on last years season.
So, enough about last season and what went wrong. Onto this season with what is going to go right. Of course, I won't be able to tell you until it happens but rest assured, as soon as it does I will...eventually
More base miles, more intensity, and different eating habits are already showing fruits from my labor. We're currently getting weekly snow and ice storms but it's nothing compared to the storm that just hit the northern mid-west. I saw the forecasts, 2-3 feet! I can do with out that this year. That storm just gave us a bunch of warm rain to wash away the old snow that has refused to melt since last weeks storm. While half of the country is digging themselves out, I'm lucky to have wet roads and 40 degree temps. Perfect Belgian weather!
Yes, this is the time of the month when I start counting the days until I leave (25!) for the land of rain and cobblestones. I've got my list of things I need and slowly collecting the things I forgot last year. I will be looking forward to meeting new guys on the team. Some are from the states but most of the team is international which is very exciting. I really enjoying meeting racers from different parts of the world, all riding and racing under the same roof!
With new bikes, new sponsors, and new kits, I'm looking forward to be standing at the train station in Tielt, waiting for my ride.
Now, onto more miles in the snowy rain, or is it rainy snow?