Well here it is, the long await update-apology for letting the blog slip these past few weeks. The beginning of the season went well enough for me with strong sensations on some days while suffering from the pollen-rich and smog-saturated winds of the Los Angeles area on others. In fact my asthmatic troubles this year where much worse than these races in 2011; like an unwelcome gremlin, they would creep into the fold just at the 'right' moment, when the fan was getting absolutely covered in agricultural-byproduct, making the whole lead out and maximal effort thing pretty tough. Then the entire team picked up a cold/flu bug which completely knocked me off my feet and I had to pull out of the Redlands Bicycle Classic, but I did get to ride in the broom-wagon for the first time! Yah..fun! Right?
It's been really nice to come "home" to my 2011 apartment in Portland, Oregon this past week. Although it has been a bit stormy, I love this town. The training roads are well diversified and the cycling culture is rich with enthusiasm for riding every day no matter the 'outside' factors. Everyone rides here. Plus, if I time my ride right, I get to ride along the Super Mario bike lanes with all the other commuters returning home from a day of work. It almost a traffic jam!
In addition to catching up with old friends, mentors and directors, or finding all the stuff that I left at my old apartment like shampoo that is still at the same level, old gel flasks, a tower of blank cds, a food scale, or Hawaiian bikini calendars still hung on January 2011, I'm here to catch my teammate's wedding. Quinn is tying the knot with one hell of a catch and I'm really stoked to be here in Portland to join in on the festivities. Afterwards, Quinn and Allie are off to Costa Rice for a crazy backpacking trip, but of course you can read all about it here.
So with the ebb'n flow of this years' first bike races and the reminiscent times I've enjoyed in Portland, I thought I'd share this really cool new WIND MAP program. Article & WIND MAP PROGRAM. It illustrates the current wind throughout North America (updated every 30 minutes) and I found it really interesting how different the winds are from day to day.
Ride the Wind!