Today I woke up still a little sleepy, but had to get into the lab for my UCI second quarterly test. It’s so much easier getting a blood test done in Europe than in the States. I knew that it was one of those days in which the only way I would be getting any exercise was if I were on the mountain bike out for a nice ride on the dirt. And that’s exactly what I did. I got a little lost, but that’s all part of the fun. I didn’t see anybody or anything for a good 2.5 hours – just lots of trees and beautiful clean air.
Just one more race in Europe before I go back to California – Pays Basque. I did it last year and it is one of the hardest races I’ve ever done. The race takes place in northern Spain and it is notorious for bad weather. As a result, I spent a few hours putting together some extra rain bags in preparation. I think it’s safe to say my rain bags are the envy of most. But as much as I like to be warm, I am kind of thinking of just putting on a skinsuit and going for it. I often wonder if all the wet clothes merely make you colder.
In the afternoon, we ran into our neighbors who were on their way to a pre-Easter “parade” so we tagged along. It did not take long to see that this was not your typical holiday parade — Roman soldiers, hooded and headed for battle …. Luckily, the Roman soldiers were riding beautiful horses which was what monopolized Waylon’s focus. He is very into horses right now, or “neigh neighs” as he calls them.