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Only one week before Canadian National Road Championships in early June, and several days after making the 6 hour round trip drive to test-ride the Championship courses, I woke up in my bed, planning to do a tough, long ride. Tough, as in : you might see funny colours at some points because you're so far in the red zone. I like those. I took no more than 10 steps from my bed before I knew it wasn't going to happen. I went back to bed. For two days.
|I'm used to putting out big power on my Felt F1 road bike and its Speedplay pedals. I had to be patient for what seemed to be an eternity before my body would be back to normal, after being hit with a nasty virus though.|
I kept hope that I would be healthy enough to race the Canadian National Championships, right until the end. I had my numbers pinned on my jersey. Impossible. And, kind of heart wrenching.
There are times when you have to fight with all you've got to get what you want, and there are times to sit back and be patient. It's like that in bike racing. It's like that in life. This was one of the times when I had to wait. I didn't like it, and I was scared that I'd never be back to normal.
|Racing the Prologue at Cascade Classic. Photo Credit: Dave Adams|
I feel like I'm back to my old self again. This bump in the road was a scary one mostly because it lasted for so long. It was a good reminder to appreciate good health and strength when we have it, do all it takes to maintain it, and just how lucky I am to be living the dream as a bike racer.
|It feels good to be gross and grimy again after a good solid training ride in California.|