I almost forgot how to type it's been so long.... we had no internet until today....
Getting down to Clermont proved to be a little harder than we expected... we started by missing our flight. Air Canada couldn't check us in because of a computer problem, finally that got sorted and the line-up at security was HUGE. Then I got searched TWICE. We missed the plane by 5 minutes.
They got us on the next one to Seattle 4 hours later. Fortunately the Seattle-Atlanta leg was delayed so we were able to catch it. The Atlanta - Orlando portion of the odyssey was not delayed which meant we were stranded in Atlanta for the night.
We flopped into a couple of super-cheap (smoking) rooms at the Best Western. My room smelt like perfume used to disguise smoke... So the hotel was neither "best" nor very "western" but I slept like a baby.
We have been riding every day - between 50-90 km/day so far. The first couple of days we took it pretty easy and on the third we went a bit harder for a bit near the end. In the afternoons and evenings we have usually had some sort of secondary session - bike fitting, body measurements / analysis / stretching / nutrition etc. etc.
The good news is that I fit right in with the riders here - I am not the strongest or the weakest. I didn't need to be quite as concerned as I was. On a personal level, I am very pleased with my riding thus far - I felt adequately prepared for the camp. Sean, Josip, Kevin - if you are reading - good job! Mostly it is just feeling great to get a string of nice rides in great weather - I have never had this type of an opportunity at this stage of the season.
The one issue I have been having until about 5 minutes ago is that there is NO INTERNET. That's a pretty challenging scenario for me. I now realize how dependent I am on it. 5 days was about all I could take - I was ready to pedal off to the nearest town with an internet cafe... then we found this little spot with WiFi. It was a glorious moment I assure you.
We are staying at the Swiss Ski School (fortunately that's water skiing). Here are some pics - this isn't the exact house we are in but essentially the same:
I will load up some ride pics and much more soon if the internet keeps working.