The past 11 days have definitely gone by fast! Probably because we have mostly just been training, eating and sleeping. Although we have had the odd trip into the city to have a look at shops or do what we are best at….eat! The team has all jelled well together with most of us having ridden with each other at least once! It has been great for me to be able to ride with other team members and they have been fantastic in slowing down to cater for my slower speeds. I have although gone out on my own to do my own program and so that I don’t always hold the others back.
I have decided that I definitely like climbing hills. Even though there is pain involved in more than one way I just seem to excel at climbing. Today I was even called a mountain goat by Tash (the wife of one of our riders who came out with me today to climb the local mountain!) I seem to just get into a rhythm and keep on pedalling.
I have just finished probably one of the toughest and longest weeks I have ever had, completing 288.4 km in this past week and finished it off with my climb up to the ski fields. It was also the coldest day we have had and with this morning’s temperature of 11 degrees I knew it would be even colder at the top. The climb went up to 1880m and what I didn’t think about was that even though the temperature at the top showed 7 degrees, that the mist, fog and wind would make it feel 0 degrees! I felt like I was back in Melbourne riding in the winter, minus the leg and arm warmers. I did, thank god, bring a long sleeve jersey with me and had an extra one for Tash to borrow. It took us 1:16 to get to the top, but once there is was such a buzz I was looking forward to the descent, although not looking forward to the switch back turns that I would have to do.