Monthly Archives: January 2011

Oh, Gainesville

Bear with me…I’m writing this on an iPad. Hadn’t played with one until this weekend, and I have to admit I like it.  Runs Netflix smoothly.  Just used it to google its retail price…  I’m not one for expensive gadgets (I got my first picture phone just last month), but maybe…

Anyway, it’s less than a week until I leave for the Middle East.  My legs are feeling pretty worn out from this first block of base, but I’m not worried.  After two months off the bike this fall, I’m supposed to feel spent from training. 

That’s why this week is easy – so my muscles can recover stronger and be rockin’ for Qatar.

To finish up my first block of base, I went to Gainesville for the Bring It On race and “The Battle,” a 120-mile race/ride that takes place every January, starting and ending in Gainesville, FL.  Saturday’s workout was to ride to the race, do the men’s A race, do the women’s race, and ride home.  Ugh!  Then Sunday was The Battle.

I haven’t been in Gainesville since early July when I moved to Kentucky to work as an intern for GE Appliances.  I knew I missed the town, but guess I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I saw all the familiar faces!  Definitely looking forward to going back in mid-February on my way up to Athens.  Can’t take the good times with friends, wine, and Bananagrams for granted.  Carla is in my thoughts every day.

R.I.P. Carla Swart

I found out about Carla on Wednesday morning while I was out training.  We weren’t close.  In fact, we only ever talked at races.  When I heard she signed to HTC this year, I could only be happy for her.  She was one of the most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of racing with and against.

Even though we rarely spoke, I’ve thought about her a lot these last couple months.  She had proved to me that someone I knew, someone my age could ride for HTC.  She was my role model.

I still can’t believe she’s gone, but I’m thankful that I was able to tell her “congrats” on her accomplishment before she passed.  My heart goes out to her family and friends.  I’ll miss you, Carla.  You would have been one of the few people I knew in Qatar.