Sorry I've been silent for so long diary. Work's been very demanding all winter and spring - I've been travelling a lot.
I do try to stay fit in these situations so that I will be able to get into racing shape a little quicker, though the approach is pretty different from all of the training camp stories the other pros put up. I managed to walk around the Shinjuku area of Tokyo for six hours in the rain, getting lost, eating yakitori, and checking out bike shops. I did the same sort of thing in Bangkok. Call it improvised base miles. Both are amazing places, and the street food rules - it's the best I can do under the circumstances.
I've also been under the knife, or laser I guess. I had Lazik surgery on my eyes a month and a half ago. Seeing where I am going is very likely to be a good thing for my eroding descending skills, and it's nice to be able to see in everyday situations too. It's a pretty amazing process, painless, quick, and accurate. I read a magazine the next morning without glasses and went running two days afterwards. My vision has been good ever since too. I am stoked.
It has been interesting work and the travel is almost always good. I've seen some new places and things, including a short visit to Tokyo and Nagoya, and a visit to the LTT tyre factory in Thailand. I have some pictures of them making tyres and I thought I'd put some up here a little later. It's pretty cool to see how they are made.
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