The past ten days, six of my teammates and I have stayed in Ventura, Ca to recover from camp, work on our leadout train and continue to gel as a unit. Each day was filled with an personal analysis of what we each needed to do in order to maximize our training. We could fret about lessons learned at team camp, worry about the upcoming season opener, or go about completing our daily training tasks as best as possible.
Yes, our lives have been simple thanks to the Team Exergy staff, who've sheltered us from the stresses of pre-season logistics but that doesn't mean we have been lying around wasting away. We realize that many people want our jobs and we have been working smartly each day in respect of the high level expected of us come the 2012 racing season. Thus each task performed over the past six months nevermind the last ten days, be it finalizing our TT bike setups, perfecting our race food recipes, creating a team rider manifesto, discussing our latest leadout trial or learning Spanish from our newest Columbian teammate Andres Alzate, has required equal attention and maximal focus.
When we do get some time to relax and explore, often times it is on the internet and I enjoy shuffling around TedTalks. Here are 3 of my favourite discussions as of late. With the beginning of the 2012 racing season, the beginning of a new spring, and the beginning of a new intercalary cycle approaching, it is easy to look far ahead into the future. But then again, it is small steps we make today that dictate our tomorrow.
Centenarians Among US: Those who live the longest on Earth: what do they do and what do they not?
What do you think was the most important invention of the 20th century? And how will that invention need to change in the 21st? I really enjoyed this one!
Why do you buy? Do you buy a product or an idea? Do you know you are buying an idea? Although sometimes coming across a little bit pompous, this speaker shares some great insight about inspirational actions of the 20th century's greatest leaders.