This week I was out of town and had to miss the team ride. I knew I wouldn’t make the team ride or be able to take my own rides during the week. Unfortunately, the gyms at the hotels I stayed at were pathetic and I had some long work hours. Then the night before I returned home, I got food poisoning. I lost 8 lbs in 2 days and it took about 3 days for me to get my strength back. By that point the afternoon thunderstorms started playing havoc with any chance I had to get in a practice ride. In the end, I had one short 18 mile practice ride in 13 days between team rides.