Road Diaries: Europe and home by Lauren Hall

Poof….. and just like that it’s over. It’s such a bittersweet ending, I’m excited to go home, go on vacation, be a normal person – walk too much, drink too much, eat foods I know are bad for me without feeling guilty, go to sleep late, visit my family in Mississippi – but man I was wanting to race more. That’s a good sign for a rider, no burnout at the end of the year….

After Toscana and all of it’s fiascos, we settled back into our apartments in the hills, had a couple of days of recovery, grocery runs and laundry runs then it was time to get set for the world championships team time trial. This is a race against the clock, 6 riders on aero bikes, with aero helmets and clothing, riding as a unit and as aero as possible for 42kilometers. We averaged just under 50k/hr, it was fast but not fast enough. We ended up 8th, not what we wanted but what an experience. We raced through the streets of Florence, right in the heart of everything!!! The crowds, the noises, it was all a blur to us but I could feel the buzz. I really hope I get to experience more world championships….Once we finished the race, we changed clothes and hung around the expo and watched all of the men’s teams come in before having dinner with our men’s team. 20 people trying to eat at one table in Italy means dinner doesn’t start till 9pm and lasts till 1am – longest. day. ever. (but so much fun)

So the next couple of blogs will be of off season and what’s to come in 2014, it should be an interesting next couple of years – it always is in the crazy sport I imagine.

Check out Lauren’s Photos on her blog

Reading: The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls and I just finished Mudbound by Hillary Jordan – I recommend them both!

Watching: Football, baseball and the weather(supposed to snow soon)

Eating: apples fresh from the tree, homemade hummus

Website: while we spent many a hour on the internet I introduced the girls to www.thisiswhyimbroke.com

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