Friday, August 27, 2010

Fall Training Camp

First, a very big thank you to the Schwartz family, who have throughout the past year been there for the team in countless situations, made many of our ECCC race weekends possible, and for me personally were there in the hospital when I really needed them. This pattern of outstanding team support was continued this past week by opening their home to the team for our fall training camp.

Taylor welcomed four of us this past Sunday night; Audrey, Doug (coming almost straight from the airport upon returning from biking across Europe), Eric, and myself (Alex). Greeted by great food and warm beds Sunday quickly became Monday morning and our first ride. The skies threatened with rain but we enjoyed a dry and hilly 50 miles around the lakes of central Maine. Monday also saw the departure of Audrey and Doug for various non-biking reasons.

Tuesday began slowly, the three of us remaining sleeping in then spending the rest of the morning working on our bikes. After a brief lunch Taylor, Eric and I did a bit of exploring around Wayne and Monmouth, finding a couple good climbs and lots of great roads. Unfortunately Wednesday the clouds finally broke, and the cumulative fatigue of the days leading up to this camp and the riding itself caught up with us and we called it quits.

Thanks again to the Schwartz family and everyone who made it up for our training camp.

Eric flying up yet another hill

Alex smiling for the camera

Taylor with some apple trees

Photos by Taylor Schwartz, taken on Tuesday's ride.

Keep riding, and we'll see you in just over a week.

-Tufts University Cycling Team

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