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UPDATE: Stephen Ettinger | 2015 Team Camp

February 10, 2015

IMG_4920Two weeks at home can really pass quickly. It’s already time for our Sho-Air/Cannondale Team Camp to begin, but it feels like I just returned home from the Bay Area yesterday. I was hoping to come home from my last big training block to refreshing, cold winter days, but instead found myself in the middle of a mid-winter thaw that brought temperatures in Bozeman up into the 50’s and 60’s. Often, we don’t see that kind of weather until June! Over the course of the past two weeks I’ve watched all the snow and ice melt from my IMG_4909yard, the mountains and roads. I was hoping for a few days good days of nordic and backcountry skiing, but suncrust and ice just didn’t seem appetizing during my rest week, and by the time the corn snow cycle started last week, I was back on the bike and in the gym, focused on the approaching season. Winter will be back, without question, but I will have to wait until March to see it.

Instead of sulking about the dreary winter weather (or lack of it), I seized the opportunity to ride trails that I don’t often cross during the summer. We have some incredible riding out in the Gallatin Valley’s ‘banana belt’, where little precip falls during the winter, and the trails can be world class. Corrine and I spent a couple long days out at Lewis and Clark Caverns, riding and running all afternoon, and chasing it down with soaks in some hotsprings IMG_4939that sit along the Jefferson River, under the shadow of the Continental Divide. There were plenty of evenings spent cooking up fresh food with roommates and friends; we watched that tragic Super Bowl too. Pretty spectacular way to spend time, and why I always love coming home, no matter how brief my visit may be.

The final big block of training before the racing season has begun for me, and will finish up over the next three weeks during our Team Camp down in Orange County. I’m excited to spend some more time with my teammates, and explore a new place a bit. I think there will be some necessary trips out to the ocean, and I see some good Mexican food in my future. Looking forward to maybe growing a bit of a ‘stach, getting tan and coming back to Bozeman unrecognizable. I’ll figure out a way to ride some good trail, and work my butt off too… I guess.

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