After the team's opening success at Callville Bay, I returned to Team Exergy's headquarters in Boise, Idaho. The team set me up at the team house, providing a stress free opportunity to hone my form before the opening races of the season. I made sure to post up the flag early in the unpacking.
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Carlos bravely joined us on our Boise adventure, despite arriving from a Columbian summer only weeks before. However, the first day was pretty pleasant. A ride out to Lucky Peak, which is one of the common training routes, took us out to a system of dams east of Boise featuring multiple 10-15 minute climbs (albeit only 4-6%) before returning to downtown for a coffee stop.
LuckyPeak Dam....KEEP OUR FORESTS GREEN!
Coffee Shop on 8th Street
Downtown Boise in early spring...or is it actually late winter?However by our third or fourth day in Boise the weather turned sour and snow covered the yard. Having never seen snow before, Carlos dove for the thermostat, shoving the tab into the 80's. I have to admit that it was nice to have a warm apartment after returning from our cold training adventures but it made falling asleep essentially impossible. If Carlos was snoring away, I'd still be tossing and turning, covers long since tossed in frustration. When I'd adjust the temperature, Carlos would kit up in full longjohn garb in preparation for a chilly slumber. The battle seesawed each day. Needless to say, there were no winners.
The team presentation party was a blast! All the riders arrived in town and the final preparations for our next swing of California racing were completed just in time for the big show. Todd Gogulski, pro commentator (Universal Sports) also flew in to town to MC the evening's affairs. Based primarily as a community appreciation, the event's 300-400 guests were welcomed by all the riders in team kit casual wear amidst an array of displayed team equipment. Providing an opportunity to chat about the new racing gear, the atmosphere was very inclusive and definitely sparked the right attitude for the evening. After a couple of hours of live rock music, the Boise youth rock school opened the stage up for team and rider presentations. Todd introduced each rider after a brief recap of their top results and quirky traits. Unbeknownst to me, Todd put me on the spot after the team's full introduction, asking about my alpine skiing past and battle with asthma; fortunately he knows how to make his interviewees look good.
Images of Team Party
Two days later the team boxed up and shipped out for San Dimas. Next stop...the start of the season.