Friday, October 10, 2008
2008 UCI Masters Track Worlds log
My father accompanied me to Manchester for my last track world championship in 2005. Well, I am hoping that it will not be my last, which is one of the reasons I want to send a few updates from my travels to Australia.
Firstly, we have nine juniors on our team and I hope if they read this they can learn a few tricks.
Secondly, instead of sending post cards, which would arrive after I fly back, I'll update our team blog so that friends and family can see what Aubrey and I are up to.
Thirdly, my daughter Aubrey will be joining me in Australia. Huh? Yes, Debbie and I have been happily married coming up on 27 years but she's also had her fill of bike racing. Debbie doesn't join me on these trips because I'm going to Australia to do my absolute best. For me to do that its not likely that I will play tourist while in Sydney. That means a lot of time at the 2000 Olympic velodrome (indoors) and in the hotel room. Boring? If that's what it takes to win... I think its worth it. Like every one else, I travel for the memories, so I'm hoping to make some fantastic new memories!
I fly in a few hours. Its a 14 hour direct flight. Hopefully I don't break my personal record when it took 24 hours to fly from San Francisco to Birmingham, Alabama in 1996. Wait a minute, our team went 1-2-3-4 at Cyclismo, so I think it was worth it!
Finally, I want to thank everyone that has lifted me up. After track Worlds in 2005 I was bold enough to put out my goal of winning a world championship for my 50th birthday present. About 4 months ago I found out that the one event that suits my physiology the best will be contested on my birthday. That is so cool but what is even better is how many people have held me accountable to my goal, how many have pushed me to my limits and given me an encouraging word. Thank you all. Larry