Monday, May 25, 2009

Penticton summary.

Well, we had a great group of riders for Penticton. I think the camp as a whole was a big success. There were several of us that have been to 'camps' before and several newbies to big miles, it was a good mix. Next year, we will make an organized attempt at getting more people out. Things we could do better in the future would be to have a solid 'team hotel' or 'team house' so everyone can relax together and recover well without having to go downtown to meet after the ride. The players: Chris Hooper showed his hand. He is very fit and after he gets a silly triathlon over with in June, will be at the road races laying it down for the team. I had lots of time to try to convince him to just start racing road now, but he is a stubborn dude. Marilyn toughed it out with us for every ride while she was there, totally cool, she can push a big gear. I was trying to teach her how to attack on the downhills, but she couldn't stop smiling while doing it. We need to work on her race face. Ryan's wife Kyla must be an angel accepting the Ogopogo has her living quarters for a week. That place reminded me of the movie Trainspotting. Dallas can lay the hurt on people for extremely long periods of time without seeming to get tired himself. The first two days while he was there were 53/11 days and I think my legs never recovered. He will take RAAW by storm, and I'm excited for him. Being a sprinter, Lachlan did awesome on all the long climbs even though he couldn't sign sprint for long stretches of 11% grade and probably got bored. On Apex, Stephen would have said Lachlan got his PhD in suffering. It was cool to see a dude push himself that hard. Jared and Tanya are the fittest couple out, and absorbed all the miles like it was nothing. Jared is ramping up for a triathlon and I hope he will switch to the road after he gets that out of his system since he is currently our best bet in a sprint finish. Cat and Mike never rode more than 3 meters from each other. It was 'cute'. You can tell they are still in the fun preliminary stages of a long road. When Jenn and I want to go on vacation, I go to Penticton and she goes to Cranbrook simultaneously. :)  Frank can spin at an RPM too high to register on his bike computer, uphill, for long distances. It was cool to watch him (from behind) ascend Anarchist, making it look easy while I looked like a crab on a bicycle.

Thanks guys for a fun time.

4 comments:

jared said...

Mr. Williams seemed to forget to mention the craziest guy out there. He never stopped. He kept Dallas company off the front, kept Lachlan company on the gravel up Baldy, kept Frankie company up anarchist and kept Ryan company up to the true summit of Apex. Each of those were on different days that totalled over 200k.

Ryan said...

WHAT!??!? My wife? My WIFE? My wife gets a holla' and that's IT? Come on, man. I didn't curse and whine and drag myself kicking and screaming on those rides to have my wife get the credit. You’re right about the Ogopogoo. I swear I saw Jordanna crawl across the ceiling, look at me and then fall on my head. In all seriousness, Kyla gets props for putting up with her husband’s frugality. I owe her at least a couple lobster dinners.

DalRock said...

I just got back from B.C. today, my trip starting with the awesome P-Town camp and rides. Even though I was only out for couple days, I had a really great time!. It was really fun touring around the Okanagan with everybody, great miles n' sunny sky's.

Ryan, you made the right call, I like the Ogopogo, ha ha!. it has real cyclist character, and I couldn't smell Trev and Lockie's jerseys over the smell of the couch :0)

I would encourage more people to do at least one 4-5 day camp, once a year. Your fitness will benefit for months from one :0\

Hoop said...

As a mere mortal hanging with the machines I was just happy to keep up...

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