Where did April go? I’m honestly having a hard time believing that tomorrow marks the beginning of May. I guess that’s to be expected considering this last month was so busy and it was only until this week that I was able to settle in a bit at home. As my tweets indicated, I wasn’t home much this last month. But that’s a good thing this time of year because it’s “all about the bike,” as Lance Armstrong would say.
The month started off with the grand re-opening of the Trek Store in Highland Park, Trek Fest and the Vision Quest Garage Sale. We unveiled the new state of the art facility that not only brought a new look to the store at 1925 Skokie Valley Road, but also new brands that the store would carry. Trek Fest and the garage sale meant lots of store and gear specials, perfect for cyclists looking to refresh their gear closets this spring.
Barely after the store celebration wrapped up, the Vision Quest women were heading out west for our first-ever all women’s training camp, which included three days of intense riding. For many of these ladies, the climbs and switchbacks were new, but much desired terrain. As soon as the women’s camp finished, the week-long main camp got underway. This year both camps were held in Santa Rosa, Calif., moving north from our 2009 location in Solvang. Max Testa spoke to the campers one night about training intensity, and later in the week Levi Leipheimer joined us for dinner at the Riviera Ristorante–talk about cycling celebrity sightings. Check out these pictures from the trike race we had at camp.
Also sandwiched in there was filming for a new set of cycling DVDs. While out in California, I was working with the Real Rides crew on two new DVDs, climbing and strength. When they’re unveiled you’ll get to see footage from an epic day on the bike–more than 7 hours of shooting on my camera-equipped 6.9 sled–and views from the California countryside that are stunning.
California was amazing! I’m never disappointed and it’s even greater to be sharing it and my love of cycling with the VQers. But before I could return home, I had one more stop on the trail that deposited me right back into winter. Any ideas as to where I went? Here’s a clue: I was visiting an old Postal Service teammate. Maybe that was too easy, but anyhow, I landed in Aspen, Colo., where snow was still on the ground, to do an interview with Lance Armstrong.
All in all a busy month. While it was fun and full of great memories, I’m definitely happy to be at home after two weeks on the road. I can hang out with the family and get my rides in on my favorite local routes.