Bucket list - a list of things to do before you die!
While I don't plan to kick the bucket any time soon, I am going to be able to cross an opportunity off my list. In May of this year I am venturing down to California to take part in the Amgen Tour of California. What do I mean take part? Well hard to define this adventure as a race but it is more than an etape.
On sunday May 13th, I will toe the "starting line" in Santa Rosa for a 7 day tour experience - riding over 750 miles by the time we finish on May 20th in Los Angeles. Every day 20 riders supported by Chris Carmichael and 4 of his coaches ride the tour route ahead of the pros. If they catch us, then we get pulled by the sag wagon. We get the experience of living out of the same hotels, eat with the pro teams and get pampered with massage for me and pro-tour mechanics for my trusty stead. I will be proudly wearing my 5 different BCC kits (i may need to pick up some leftovers DY!!), hoping to put on a respectable show in this "race".
Training has begun with work on the bike 4 days a week, some strength training and yoga. I have a long way to go, to get myself back into shape in 3 months, but I am looking forward to this experience and hope to capture much of it on film. As they start to release some of the details of the individual stages, I am going to update the blog with my own training experiences.
I hope everyone is having a good winter. Let's also hope this underwhelming winter doesn't mean we will be facing a late spring!!