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Zabriskie’s Point: One line or two?

Today was the team time trial. The big debate the team has been having is if we should do a double line or a single line. So we did a little bit of both, we did a double line as long as we could because it is faster and then when guys started getting tired we called the audible for a single line. I'm so glad the race has started. I was going out of my head sitting in this hotel for the past few days. Victor and I were so bored we went swimming naked in the hotel pool. At lunch today my nerves started acting up and I was getting a lot of butterflies in my stomach. We rode to the start of

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By Dave Zabriskie, U.S. Postal Service cycling team

Photo: Graham Watson

Today was the team time trial. The big debate the team has been having is if we should do a double line or a single line. So we did a little bit of both, we did a double line as long as we could because it is faster and then when guys started getting tired we called the audible for a single line.

I’m so glad the race has started. I was going out of my head sitting in this hotel for the past few days. Victor and I were so bored we went swimming naked in the hotel pool.

At lunch today my nerves started acting up and I was getting a lot of butterflies in my stomach. We rode to the start of the race and there were traffic jams everywhere around the city of Valencia because of the bike race.

Passing through all the congestion on the road a lot of people cheer us on, they don’t seem angry at all that there is a bike race in town screwing up their weekend commute.

Photo: Graham Watson

The race started in the Valencia Science Center it is a big museum built with some very modern and interesting architecture. There were some really big crowds down by all the team busses and my nerves got even worse, I just wanted to get inside the bus and take some deep breaths and try to relax.

I finally made it into the bus and immediately pushed the button on the espresso machine for a coffee, because coffee is the cure for most things for me… all in moderation of course. The coffee calmed me down and I got on the stationary trainer and started doing my warm up.

I didn’t warm up too hard, tried to just go over the course in my head and thought about how fast I wanted to ride.

We started off a little slow and I think that is where we lost the race but second is not bad, and the team rode really smoothly together and morale is extremely high among the team and the staff. I rode back to the hotel with Roberto, he seemed satisfied with the ride the team did, and said that he is feeling very good.

I’ve already gotten my massage and now just a little longer until the usual late night Spanish dinner.

Thanks for reading.

-Dave Z.

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