Julian Dean Diary

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03/18/2006| 0 comments
by Julian Dean

Julian Dean Diary

Training camp.

The travel to this week?s training camp was one of those days that I won?t miss when I retire from the sport. It was an absolute mission. In the week leading up to it I was dreading it and for good reason. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>


I left the house at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>4.30 in the morning for the 6.50am flight to
Madrid
. From Madrid it was to
Bordeaux
to do the French health tests that we have to do every pre-season. Mine were a little late due to my delayed start. After completing all the tests in two different hospitals and returning to the airport in my 4th taxi ride of the day, I had a flight to
Lyon and then a connecting flight to Nice. From there I had to drive another hour to meet up with the other guys for the training camp. Finally after the drive from Nice airport, I arrived at the hotel at 1 o?clock in the morning. Truly a top day that included five airports, four planes, five cities and four taxi rides: all in a twenty hour day. Solid.


Anyway, thankfully it?s all over and done with. I?ve done all the tests I needed to and once again the heart specialist told me that my heart is small. It?s always disappointing doing the testing. I wait for the day when I have some specialist who tells me I have something exceptional about me? but it has never happened in the 15yrs that I?ve been doing testing. As always I?m just the normal guy. It hasn?t stopped me though. I guess it has just meant that I?ve had to be more driven than the physically exceptional riders? and that can?t be measured in no lab. There is no scientific formula for the ?Hard Bastard? test.


So we are nearing the end of the training camp here and I think that it has been pretty good for me. Well actually, there have been a few things that have made it less than ideal for me: the hotel is shit and the food has been shit so far and the way the French train is completely the opposite of how I train. Apart from those things though, it?s been good for me!

 



It?s the first time I?ve been on a CA training camp. I was pretty blown away by the state of the hotel. On my past teams, I have always experienced pretty good hotels on training camps but this hotel is a mozza. We have no phones in our rooms and therefore no internet, no TVs and the food has been notoriously French ? very average. Thankfully for the hotel?s sake it is situated in a nice part of
France so training has had the advantage of good scenery and pleasant enough weather.


Unfortunately we have only one masseur to go around 11 guys so I?ll only get 2 rubs over the 7 days. We have been doing on average 4-5hr days so needless to say, my legs are fast becoming rocks.


My one saving grace here has been my

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