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The Santa Catalina Road Race – January 29, 2017

My first honest to goodness road race.  Not a time trial, not a criterium – a road race.

It was windy and 41 degrees in Oracle, AZ at the start line.  Later, along the course I would see little patches of snow resting in the shadows of roadside cacti.  Many riders wore jackets or vests obscuring their numbers and no one was without tights, full-finger gloves and other defenses against the cold.  Unlike the young guns, we older gents don’t need to display our disdain for the cold by showing up at the starting line in short sleeves and blue skin. My new Garneau short sleeve base layer, Craft long sleeve base layer, tights and semi-thermal arm warmers kept me “warm” but, no matter, it was not long into this race before I wasn’t thinking about the temperature or my comfort.  My mind and body were full of the feelings of being in a pack, in a road race – for the very first time.

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I Have a Coach

And so, I have coach.  Not exactly a coach since he does not particularly like that moniker.  Neil Stewart has been a part of the Pro Tour and Olympic cycling world for many years, going back to 1980 or so.  He was more of a Directeur Sportif, driving team cars and guiding strategy during races in Europe.  But for the sake of this blog and clarity, he will allow me to call him a coach since he will be managing my training, nutrition and answering all the questions a neophyte road racer.  I don’t have a team car or even a team – yet – so, he grudgingly will allow me to label his relationship to me as one of coach.

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