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I think it asked, "What the hot damn hell are you doing here, woman?"To answer that, let's go back to January. I had rested and recovered from the Ironman, not to mention the less than fulfilling experiences of pentathlon, team handball and track cycling. I was ready to start my focus on road cycling. I needed three basic things to begin my Olympic cycling pursuit: a coach, a bike and a plan. Trek stayed on as my bike sponsor from triathlon, supplying me with a top of the line Madone road bike for 2007.
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or eating, I live in a state of mental fog I call athleticoma. Thoughts, ideas, epiphanies, opinions and other forms of mental function have now been replaced by taxing decisions of whether to go for thin crust or deep dish. It once took me five minutes to figure out my hotel room door was simply not going to open, no matter how many times I aimed the "unlock" sensor from my car keys at it. Athleticoma! But for a moment, on the summit of a New Mexican mountain, I felt the pulse of a very deep, theoretical question cross my tired, vacant mind.
I hadn't had a thought cross my mind since January, which is when I started training full time as a cyclist. When not training, racing, sleeping Adidas Superstar Floral Rose
past a sign that read Elevation 8,234, shifting into my granny gear, gnawing on another clumpy energy bar, and trying to stay upwind from my own armpits, a thought occurred to Adidas Superstar Khaki me.
triathlete turned elite cyclist .
en at a 5 percent grade, quickly revealed the truth: Cartoons are evil. As is pink. I consumed more than 5,000 calories a day while trying to replenish the ones burned (we're talking three 75 mile stages, one 16 mile time trial and a 27 mile criterium race). Unfortunately, it turns out that 5,000 calories were not enough as I still lost three pounds while stuffing my face. and forced to swallow spoonfuls of peanut butter to get me through until breakfast. Somewhere over the Continental Divide, about 70 miles into my third day, climbing Adidas Superstar Trainers White