When asked, "What's been going on?" most people might just say "I've been Busy." It's one of those knee jerk vocal reactions, that really leads a conversation nowhere. So although I have crossed the country twice in the last week I won't qualify that as busy. Instead I will just explain where I have been and what I was doing.
First I drove from Ottawa to Hamilton for the Canadian National Championships. Where I made a 7thplace result in the Under23 Time Trial Championship. After the National Criterium Championships I was taken straight to the airport where I caught the last flight to Saskatchewan. It was important to fly immediately after racing so that I would arrive in time for my Sisters Graduation ceremony the next morning. It is strange to think that only 4 years ago I was graduating. It is also a little unnerving when you begin to evaluate the progression of your life.
While I was at home I did not ever touch a bicycle. I packed light, taking only carry on luggage meant that I left all my cycling gear in Ontario. I think this was a good decision. The mental break was quite welcome and it gave me a chance to focus on my friends and family who are often neglected while I am training, traveling and racing. While I was home 90% of my time was spent just hanging out with all the people I have not seen in several months. I also had the chance to enjoy some summer activities that I have missed over the last couple years including a a game of "golf", and the chance to spend a couple days at the lake.
Of course there are certain chores that I can only accomplish while in Saskatoon. I arranged to meet with a couple of University professors. This was tricky because I had such a narrow window in Saskatoon, and allot of them wanted to skip town early on account of the long weekend. The meeting s where necessary to arrange my academics in the fall. I will be entering the final year of my undergraduate degree. I am pursuing a bachelor of Science in Bio-molecular Structure studies and in the fourth year I am required to complete a research project. Admittedly I am intimidated by the task, but the professors I have met with assure me that I have the aptitude, and I am sure that I can make it look like I know what I am doing ;) The good news is that I have been accepted into Dr. Palmers Lab as an undergraduate research student.
I really enjoyed my little home visit. It was a great opportunity to really turn things off. There is nothing better than close friends and family to really recharge. Now, back in Ottawa I can turn things back on. In one week I managed to get a little fat and more than a little slow. I have my work cut out for me and I am working on the logistics of some very big racing goals.
Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.