Sunday, January 3, 2010

Training Inspiration

In May 2007 I raced the Carlisle Time Trial and met Joao Correia, a business manager for Bicycling magazine.  He was impressively fast, and came in second overall, and we chatted for a while about strategy and equipment.  I know that he subsequently raced as a pro for a US domestic team on a part-time basis (he has a blog here) but in impressive start to the decade, he has signed on with Test Team Cervelo, one of the top Continental-level teams and which boasts 2009 Green Jersey winner Thor Hushovd, as well as 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre on its roster.

What is remarkable about this is that Joao began a pro career years ago but at 21 dropped it for school  and the world of publishing.  He had to do a lot of entertaining of clients and ballooned up to 205 pounds.  After joining Bicycling, he was determined to do something about this a shed more than 60 pounds.  The result is that now he has left the magazine at the age of 34 to pursue a racing career full-time.  His wife continues to work at the New York Times, which had a great article (read it here) about Joao's amazing jump.

So basically I have no excuses at all to miss any workouts.

1 comment:

Lily on the Road said...

Happy New Year to you too!!

Yes, this is the year for xc skiing & snowshoeing, happy trails!

I'm sourcing bikes...was at Greg Christie's in Chelsea yesterday talking with them about Opus bikes...interesting.

RL Century Tour is on the calendar for this year as well, since I missed last year due to my knee injury....

May 2010 find you in interesting locations and peddling hard!

Cheers!