Sunday, January 22, 2006
Sleep any one????
Well the weekend of racing is over... Yesterday went well with a 16th @ Zonnebeke. It was a complete mud feast. It was the type of course where you had to put out all the power you had to just stay on your bike. Tonkin ended up 14th. After the race me and Tonkin rode the 25km home to spin the legs out for todays World Cup. My preparation/1st lap couldn't have gone much worse. First off I haven't been sleeping at all lately. I just haven't been able to fall asleep. Ever since I got the stomach bug last weekend my sleep has went to crap. Tuesday I fell asleep @ 4a.m. Wed 3a.m. Thurs 2a.m Friday 1a.m. So I was hoping I was on the road to overcoming my new found insomnia. No such luck for this guy last night I never fell asleep. I was actually never recall falling asleep at all last night. At around 4:45 I gave up on whole sleep thing I hear it is overrated. I ventured down to the kitchen and began preparing my 1st of two pre race meals. We had to leave at 7:15 so I figured sense I didn't sleep I should @ least have more than enough fuel in my system. Jesse informed on the car ride it is cocky to race a World Cup without sleeping. Well the stage was set this was going to be my second race in less than 24hrs with out sleep. When we arrived @ the course the first question I get when I get out of the car is do you have an extra helmet for Lance Noble. Lance decided he didn't need his helmet for the world cup today even after Jesse told him not to for get it last night. I wasn't in rush to get on my bike so I decided chill in the Box Van for a good 20 to 30 min and pre ride the course right before the Juniors race. When I was pre riding the course I felt like I couldn't even get around the circuit @ recovery ride pace needless to say race pace. Finally it was time to start the race and test the theory I have heard forever that is the sleep 2 nights before not the night before. We linded up and I'm almost positive I got a fine for not wearing a National Champ skinsuit b/c it is a new UCI rule National Champs in U-23 and Junior don't wear federation team clothing and the UCI officials pointed @ me and talked among themselves. That should be a nice fine. Finally the race was off and I proceeded to break a spoke down the 1k road section. This forced me to pit and to good from the nice front row start. I would have been better off last row. I proceed into the pit only to see Jesse about 30 feet in front of me pitting in order to move up a couple spots. I slowed up hoping that Proctor would see me following Jesse no such luck. When I saw no reaction from Proctor I figured maybe we had to separate teams with bike so I continued on down the pit. At this point it became apparent that I would have to get off my bike and wait for Proctor to run my bike up to me. At this point I was DFL OTB whatever you want to call 200 meters off the back on a dirt crit style cross. I held it together and began to move up. I caught up to Jesse who had decided he wasn't going to race the 1st lap and was OTB as well. Jesse and I began to move through the field and caught Newt and Danimal. At this point Jesse yells out stupid americans always riding together. At this point he attacks so hard I had to go red to go with him. Now Jesse and I are off fighting from the mid 50's. We worked are way to just in the top 40 when I put in a hard effort to reach the two dutch guys in front of us. Jesse pulled through and put me out the back. This was basically where we would stay the rest of the race. I felt good power wise considering I raced yesterday and that sleep difficulties. I think next weekend will good well as my fitness is coming around. I just have to put it all together. Jesse seems to have his back figured out and his legs are coming around as well.
Posted by Team TIAA-CREF / Clif Bar at 7:54 AM