– By Gregg Germer – I’m back like an 80’s hairstyle… ummm, maybe not quite. I am however back to Belgium and damn happy to be here! Unlike last year, I have no unanswered questions, first year jitters, or freshman nervousness. I have graduated from the freshman ranks to the next level, more solid in my niche, but still having a lot to learn along the way.
For those of you who are wondering where my journal from last week was, well I kinda dropped the ball on that one. Between pre-trip packing, with my mind going every which way trying not to forget something, to dealing with computer problems and the usual mix of curveballs life throws you I ended up not writing a thing.
So to speed people up on what would have been last weeks journal, I did two local races, first one sucked, second was awesome. Actually it would have been my usual gripe about how different racing is in the US and I can never figure it out, but I did figure it out enough to pull off a decent result on Sunday by breaking off the front off the race an staying away, so my fitness is good. Plus the race, Pace Bend, is my favorite Texas race, as I had my first ever road win there, so it’s always a great one to race.
So back to the other side of the pond where things are going very well. The Cycling Center is moving to a new house, or really hotel, which I have finally been able to see for the first time. I have to say this place is so freaking cool! I have heard the stories of the other riders who came before me, even guys like Jeff Louder who were with the Cycling Center program years ago, about how it was. With the new house and the new program I know exactly how good I have it and I am very thankful.
Belgium is just about the same way I left it, with weather changing faster than Cipo changes his image, an abundance of great pastries and even better beers. Settling into my old rhythms I find myself going to my old refrigerator I use to use, I guess I will switch back to it soon. I find it comforting finding a rhythm so quickly, but I guess that is why I consider Belgium more of a home to me than Texas.
Also way up, easily in the top three, on the list of things I like about Belgium is the fact I can now see my girlfriend Julie. Last year things went great and things are looking to be going even better this year. She helps to balance my life from all the cycling. I am a total cycling fiend, but having it in your face 24/7 is not good for you and she gives me a world outside of the Cycling Center. I am really looking forward to seeing how this year goes for us.
Well I guess that is about it for now, I will try to get a bunch of pictures onto my website in about two weeks. Having your hard drive crash is now on my top 5 list of “Things that really suck”. The new one is on the way, so let’s cross out fingers it doesn’t take a long time to get here.
Till next week (for real this time)