To MexicoApril 5, 2012
Just a short month ago I was in Texas racing Mellow Johnny's US Cup, thinking about what to change/perfect to prepare for Pan-ams. Well here I am, bike packed with care, ready to jump on another plane to Central America. Now is Central America a real thing? Or is there just North and South America? and where is line drawn as to which country belongs where? Wikipedia's really letting me down here, it's saying all kinds of different things so this might be the ONLY situation where it's not an accurate source of information. Any ways, lets do this thing. For those who might be drawing a blank, Pan-ams are Continental championships.... there were all set.
I've worked pretty hard this past month making sure everything's in order for this race. I've got the most reliable bike and I've worked in all the wheels and tires and pedals and shoes and grips and the list goes on. I would say I'm confident in how I've prepared, so now all I have to do is go pedal the damn thing! A total of 8 Canadian athletes going down, plus the always important, diligent coaches and mechanics whom we couldn't do without. We've already split up coffee duties, I'm in charge of the 12c french press. That's team work right there, right from the gun!
The most important thing you can do before going to a race in "central america" is absolutely, indefinitely expect ANYTHING. We know very little about the accommodation, venue, transportation and all the competition is foreign. Those guys below the US border are damn fast and I think most North Americans cockily go down there thinking otherwise... mainly me last year until this one Costarican guy kicked my arse back to Ottawa, and don't forget the 2 Colombians who rode away off the start! Not this year.
Now just killing time before I kill more time watching Heros season 3. Not the best series I've ever seen but I need questions answered in order to be able to live with myself.
PS, and not just saying this because I ride their bikes or something but, Specialized bib shorts are extremely comfortable! First pair I've ever worn and wow, that's all I have to say. You could buy a pair of these things and easily save $200 in chamois cream over a year, it's like an investment!