The past month was a whirlwind of travel, training and racing since the U.S. Para-Cycling road National Championships in Madison, WI, where Dave and I won our 18th national title and qualified to represent Team USA at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, SC.
At the end of July, we competed at the second road World Cup of the 2014 season in Segovia, Spain. The racing in Segovia was challenging and our results disappointing. Our objective at the World Cup was to train through the event. That said, it would have been nice to demonstrate noticeable progress from our results at the Italy World Cup at the beginning of the road campaign. On the plus side, we had six days of solid training together on the tandem and found the silver lining in both our races.
In the time trial, we nailed our pre-race routine. At no point were we rushed or unfocused. In the start house, I was relaxed and we got out clean…I just had trouble finding the legs to finish.
In our nine lap (108 km) road race, we held position well for the first two laps but were chasing after the cobbled climb on laps three through seven before blowing up and finishing out the back. I was pleased that we had the legs and determination to continue chasing for five laps. It didn’t result in a good placing but it did result in good training.
Even after the racing in Segovia was complete, we continued training through the country-side and around ancient Roman landmarks. Some photos from Segovia are available here, in a Facebook album..
After Segovia, Greta and I spent a couple recovery days exploring Madrid with our teammates, Steve Peace and winner of the 2014 ESPY for best female athlete with a disability, Jamie Whitmore. More photos from Segovia, Madrid and Toledo are available here, in this Facebook album.
From Spain, I headed directly to Tucson where Dave and I launched into a road training block. Tucson was everything I hoped it would be. Finally, the road tandem felt familiar, effortless and fast. Despite the intense training block, we recovered and rebounded nicely for the next day’s training. I left Tucson feeling more confident and prepared for the Greenville Road World Championships than I had felt all season.
After a brief stint at home, where I spent time with family, friends, my paddle board, and a reporter from the Capital Gazette – http://touch.capitalgazette.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-81121192/, I joined the U.S. Para-Cycling Team in South Carolina for our final prep camp before worlds. So far, the town of Traveler’s Rest is our gracious host, and we will move to Greenville next week. For those making their way to Greenville to support Team USA, current event details, including a preliminary race calendar, are available on the race website at http://www.greenvillesc2014.com/. More specifically, Dave and I are scheduled to race our time trial on Friday, August 29, and our road race on Sunday, August, 31. And to up the ante, a prize of little to no monetary value will be presented to the spectator rocking the best American pride/freedom apparel.