April 5, 2007
Who is this character called Martini?
With this entry, I am popping my Cyclingnews diary cherry and kicking off the fast approaching 2007 mountain bike season. Maybe you have heard of this Nick Martin character from the blog'o'sphere, over at www.ridewithnickmartin.com. If not, swing by and catch up on your homework. I am a 27 year-old professional mountain biker based out of Boulder, Colorado, and am chasing this cycling dream daily.
I am not that young prodigy that just fell into a huge natural VO2 max.... I am more of the stubborn, live-out-of-the-VW-van and live-off-powerbars kind of athlete. This will be my third season racing professionally under the flag of Trek/VW, and I am hoping that persistance pays off.
This off-season, like so many before them, has taken me on some great adventures. It was kicked off in style last August when Zap Espinoza invited "Rad" Ross and I down to Wisconsin to check out the Trek factory and hang out with some dealers. Well there must be something in that dairy air because I met a woman and ended up leaving Madison engaged after only threedays! Crazy I know, but when you meet her you'll understand....
From there "Rad" Ross and I headed to Malibu, California, for the month of January. Our main goal was to work on our tan lines and if we managed to get in shape, that would have been an extra bonus... Nothing helps nurse your motivation better than a little sunshine. In between bumping shoulders with the rich and famous and hitting up some of the sickest roads I have ever seen, I ended up with tan lines and Ross ended up in shape.
Next week (referring to the NMBS #1 in Phoenix, Arizona. - ed.) is the first race of the year. How quickly you forget what the "pain cave" feels like after three months of "taking it easy". Needless to say, I am more excited about having my name on my number plate than I am about going hard. But hey, it has to start sometime.
If I was a gambler, I would lay all my cards down on "Rad" Ross Schnell, Trek's newest pro, for turning some serious heads down in Arizona (Maybe we should consult Martin more often before placing bets? Schnell finished third in the time trial, fifth in the short track, and 15th in the cross country - ed.). Let's call it an inside hunch. Stay tuned next week as the NMBS series story unfolds this season.