Tomorrow is the Huatulco World Cup. Itâ€™s my second World Cup, but definitely my biggest ITU race as far as size and quality of field. Plus, this course is going to kill people. Itâ€™s hot, for one, but more importantly, thereâ€™s a gigantic wall that we ride up eight times followed by a not-so-flat runâ€¦
â€¦itâ€™s going to be really fun! And afterwards, 2009 is over for me, which means todayâ€™s training was the last of this season.
I havenâ€™t taken any pictures yet of Huatulco, but I did photograph my bike. I should add that this is the first time Iâ€™ve ever raced on a bike clean enough to put on my bed. The US Team brought a mechanic for us to use, and heâ€™s doing full-on overhauls of our bikes. Itâ€™s remarkable. I actually just had a tune-up from Speedy Reedy in Seattle (who does a very good job), so I went to Joe the Mechanic asking only for some Quick-Stop break pads (I forgot my carbon-surface pads at home). Two hours later I walked back in to find my bike had been polished, the headset taken apart and cleaned, the cables changed, the shifting fixed â€“ he actually took off my cassette and washed it in the sink! Seriously, this is the best tune-up anyone has ever given me. Kevin Collington claims he no longer goes to bike shops, he just waits until heâ€™s at a race with Joe, and lets him do an overhaul. One thing is for certain, there will not be any non-essential drag tomorrow from my bike. Itâ€™s all on me.
As for my trip â€“ I havenâ€™t had nearly as much practice with speaking Spanish since the all the other English speaking athletes showed up. There are enough fluent-speaking people that when we go to dinner somebody is always taking over the ordering process before I can mutter â€œquieroâ€.