Letters From Abroad – Taking A Break

Editor’s Note: Peter Horn is an American racing with the Geox-Fuji Test Team, the amateur development team of Geox-TMC. As Geox-Fuji Test Team’s captain, he’s looking to lead the team to victories in Belgium and around Europe, and help break the team’s riders into the Professional ranks.

I won’t touch my bike for the next week. After three months of racing, it’s time for a little break and a vacation. In a season that spans eight months and at least 50 days of racing, you need to take a break sometime. It’s not possible to maintain your fitness and your focus otherwise.

Today was my first day off. Tomorrow I drive to the south of France, near Tarbes, to spend a night with friends. Then I’ll meet some other friends in Barcelona for a festival this weekend – Primavera Sound. Next week I’ll spend a few more days in France and get back on my bike. My friends live about an hour’s ride from the Pyrenees – and climbs like the Tourmalet and Aspin. I’ve trained in the Alps, but I’ve never been to this part of France. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to training in such a renowned area.

After a few days of endurance training in the mountains, I’ll return to Belgium and race Wavre-Rijmenam (UCI 1.2) on June 5. At the moment, I can’t stand being away from my bike and I can’t wait to race again. Seriously – during my last training rides this weekend, I had this overwhelming feeling; I love riding my bike! I’ve always loved racing, but it’s been awhile since I had such a desire to be on my bike.

So I must save all this energy and fire and use it for the next races. For now, I’m going to try to forget about racing for a week and go have a good time with my friends. I’ll send my next report when I return to Belgium.

And the Song of the Week: “Jammin’” by Bob Marley. Driving to and from our last race in France, this was the first good song we found after scrolling, and scrolling, and scrolling through the radio stations. It really hit the spot.

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