I've been doing my best to thank all of you for the good wishes and positive comments, but it seemed appropriate to write something more. Early in the life of VeloDramatic, I debated whether I'd keep the blog open to comments. I'm still struck by the absolute banality of most online discourse and I'm disheartened just about every time I scroll down to read comments on VeloNews. So much vitriol about subjects that so few really know anything about. Lance is a doper, Lance is a saint... let the sniping begin... but weren't we were discussing chain lube.
Almost without exception the VeloDramatic experience has been something different. Like one of those days when you head out on the bike solo and end up connecting with a couple of strangers for a few hours and by the time you're rolling off in opposite directions you've made new friends. That's definitely what's happened here. I roll out talking to myself and one by one you pull alongside for a chat and we discover we've all got plenty in common. It's been great with the wind at my back, but all the more meaningful now that I've turned into the wind for a rough stretch of road. Can't say how much I appreciate you guys offering me a wheel and a push in the back.
Now I don't want to get too maudlin here. But thanks guys and girls, hope I can repay the favor some time, and take my turn at the front.
Elsewhere, I'm thinking of getting a trainer, even if it means sitting straight up in the saddle to turn the pedals over. I'm 15 pounds heavier than when I got off the bike at Levi's Granfondo in 2009. Amazing what a summer in France and a wife who likes to bake can do when the mileage drops to zero. The bike was my willpower and if I'm being honest I've been feeling a little sorry for myself. Well the holiday is over lad, time to suck it up and get the needle headed back in the right direction.
On the work front I'm designing a new site for an exciting venture I can't wait to tell you all about. It should launch early December, and who knows it may give us the chance to spend some time together. Next week Mr. Cavendish and the full mens and womens HTC teams will descend on Specialized for their comprehensive BG Fitting and their first face-to-face meeting with the designers and engineers who make their new bikes. I'm shooting the whole thing and will have a report or two to share with you.
OK, I'm turning for home now, you guys keep riding, I'll see you soon.