Today is day 1 here in the UK. Upon arrival it was a rush of activity collecting baggage,authorizing accreditations,and then off on a road trip to Newport:our home for the next week.
Last Friday was my final hard day of training state side and now it is time to put the polish on. I am excited to have these few days with just the cycling team so that we can all bond a bit before the chaos of the village hits. I am so honored to be amongst them all,and riding along side them pushes me to a new level.
As my body and mind freshen up and let myself begin to give in to the excitement a bit,it is as if I can feel the speed building in my legs. It reminds me of growing up around young horses. The energy you could see in their eyes as you opened the gate to Spring pastures. Their rush of speed and misplaced bucking:a long awaited release of excitement;a desire to run wild,free of inhibitions,to play. Like those young horses I am getting excited to ride my bike. The fine tuning of my techniques,the whirl of my legs,the burn of lactic acid…no longer a sign of work…Now I play.