2012 is well under way for myself and most of my cycling friends and teammates. Many of us are living in warmer climates, helping us log long miles in preparation for another season of traveling and racing. Training is becoming more specific as the excitement of racing looms. My season will start with a team camp in Austin, Texas the first week of February. Camp will mark my second season on the Trek-LIVESTRONG U23 team and my third season in the professional ranks.
Trek will be the first team that I have done back to back seasons with since I was fifteen, racing for a local Bend bike shop. Returning for a second year provides added comfort, knowing how the team is run and where I fit in on the roster. As the oldest rider on LIVESTRONG and a "vet" of many European races, I hope to take on more of a leadership roll this year. Coming into the season with a high level of fitness I am ready to lead, whether it be by riding for personal results or by riding in support of the team.
Here are my goals for 2012- they are not specific races. However, if I can accomplish these I will satisfy myself and results are sure to come:
-Climb with Joe Dombrowski
-Time Trial as fast as Nate Brown and Lawson Craddock
-Lead a team as well as Alex Howes
-Be as positive and up beat as Rob Bush
-Try and suffer half as much as Ben King
-Do all this while looking as good as Taylor Phinney