Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Fullerton, CA USA
Bikes: 2011 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 3 Ultegra
My trip to Europe was almost a total disaster for cycling and eating healthy!
I made it back from Europe, it was almost a total disaster for cycling and eating healthy.
The original plan was for me to work in the UK for about a month so I took my bike with me. I landed, drove an hour and half to the hotel in southern UK, checked in and took a nap. An hour later my boss calls “I need you on a flight to Amsterdam in 6 hours and after that I need you to go to Paris”. I couldn’t drag my bike all over Europe so I paid a LBS to store my bike for two weeks.
I picked my bike up on a Saturday and had it ready to ride by that Sunday morning. Sunday was about the greatest day of cycling I ever had! The Tour of Brittan was concluding with a time trial and a circuit race in London. I rode 10 mile to Parliament Street and as I was riding down the street which was part of the 5.8 mile course when they closed off the course to traffic. I rode right past the start line, started my timer and rode nearly the entire time trial course before getting kicked off the last mile. I finished the circuit on the sidewalks, dodging spectators and tourist. I finished in 21 minutes, the winning time was about 11 minutes. I watched a great race. I got up close to Thor Hushovd the reigning World Champion and Mark Cavendish who won the World Championship a week later. That was an awesome day!
Two days later I came down with the flu, a real bad case of it and I wasn’t able to ride for the rest of my stay in Europe. My food got really sloppy while I was in Europe, they deep fry everything and I started to eat sweet. Somehow I still managed to drop 8 pounds while I was away, probably from being sick so long. I hope to be well enough to get back on my bike this weekend.