Cervelo Presents The Road To Beijing: Part 5
Written by: Colin Jenkins
Date: Sat Aug 09 2008
We decided to stay in Canada and go into Beijing late for a number of reasons. The main reason is because we are following the KISS (keep it simple stupid) motto for this race. We all know that this race carries more significance than any other race in the last 4 years and there is no denying that it requires some extra preparation but we do not want to change too much of how we would normally prepare for a "big" race.
We are of course preparing ourselves for the hot and humid race conditions that we will most likely face. We are accomplishing this with our regular sessions in the MET trailer that I have described before in a previous post here in Victoria. It is basically a 90 minute session where we have to get our core temperatures up high and keep them there for the duration of the session. We have done this in the past and it has worked great for us. Another reason why we are not going over early is because we have tried that route a couple times before for big races and it always seemed to have back fired on us for many reasons, most of them the reasons why we are staying in Victoria.
A close consolation for not being at the Opening Ceremonies is that we will be able to do the Closing Ceremonies which I am really looking forward to. I am also looking forward to spending time with my girlfriend and family that are coming to watch, hanging out in the athlete village, and checking out some of the other events after our race is over. I expect that being in an Olympic environment is going to be something special and I will want to soak in as much as I can!
As some of you may have seen, Cervelo has given all there athletes going to the Olympics a special paint job on their frames. They had to do this because of all the rules about logo placements, sizes, and amounts allowed on race gear. Cervelo came up with an amazing paint job that looks incredible. My bike is actually going to be featured on Slowtwitch as part of their "Bikes of the Pros" series. Stay tuned for that as it should be up soon. My bike is getting built right now and I get to pick it up tonight. I am really excited to see how it looks built up!
Well thats it for now. I have to get to my last heat session before Beijing and suffer some more for 90 minutes. Should be good times!
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