Last Friday, March 7 West Virginia University started its 2014 Spring Break. That day was also the start of another chapter in my cycling career, The Dynamic Physical Therapy Cycling Team meeting. I was fortunate enough to have the collegiate races at Virginia Tech moved to a later date as well as the cancellation of George Mason's race so that I was able to meet and hang out with the wonderful people that make up DPT cycling.
The team training camp is what helped me to get over the hump in the struggle to be ready for 2014. With collegiate nationals coming right around the corner, it was important for me to get myself back in racing shape quickly. Saturday started with a beautiful day, with a riding distance around 50 miles or so. Mr. Derek Clarke and I battled it out for hill tops. While he pretty much took them all, i got to experience the accelerations you don't normally get on the stationary trainer. Then, Sunday was a little more than expected after the social gathering at Apothecary Ale House. While, I was ready for a 25 mile flat ride, I ended up with another 50 mile day, with probably more climbing than the first day. I WAS COOKED.
And so brings the weekend. Saturday started at 5:30 am as I took the 4 hour trip from Wheeling to Martinsburg to play in a roller hockey tournament with my brothers and friends. Without the ability to skate due to poor blades, our first game was a wash, losing 7-0. Once I got my skating situation figured out, the second game came with a 5-2 win. Not so lucky in our third game, we lost 4-1, but held them close for the majority of the game. Then came the playoffs, where my two goal effort came with not much help, in a 4-2 loss to knock us out of the tournament.