Tulsa Tough

Tulsa, OK

DATE: 11 June 2011   TIME: 7:39 PM   SUBJECT: Local Homestay

We’re leaving for Stage 2 of Tulsa tough in 10 minutes. I just took a
shower, shaved, woke up after my afternoon nap and am ready to start my day. I packed my bag before my nap, the only thing left to do was make the bed, nice to come home to simplicity after chaos. —Ben Chaddock

Cascade Cycling Classic

Bend, OR

DATE: 23 July 2011   TIME: 8:17 PM   SUBJECT: Downtown Twilight Criterium

I had an okay race personally, but so what? The team got screwed. I suck. —Sam Johnson

Team Exergy Training Camp

Ventura, CA

DATE: 15 February 2011   TIME: 4:35 PM   SUBJECT: Living Room Massage

I’m thinking about how I might make the next days training ride better. What can improve? The better you train, the better you race. —Matt Cooke

Cascade Cycling Classic

Bend, OR

DATE: 24 July 2011   TIME: 3:22 PM   SUBJECT: Awbrey Butte Circuit Race

Surviving in the heat, last day of the stage race, talking with DS: I was trying to get as much water I could that day.  It is extremely hot and dry in Bend and I wanted to be in the best shape for the final few miles of the race when shit really goes down. —Matt Cooke

Team Exergy Training Camp

Ventura, CA

DATE: 14 February 2011   TIME: 4:23 PM   SUBJECT: Living Room Massage

Massage is about relaxing, but also about hearing Mark (the sougnier) talk about his love life.—Sam Johnson

Speed Week

Walterboro, SC

DATE: 4 May 2011   TIME: 9:02 PM   SUBJECT: Downtown Walterboro Criterium

Caffeine-buzzed, adrenaline-saturated, I can’t go to bed, the tightest, most technical “what if” moments during the race keep replaying against my drawn eyelids. So I look for some dopamine…melatonin? A massage will work and make me go faster tomorrow. Sometimes you gotta take things into your own hands. With a small squad in Tulsa it is up to me to prepare for the next day with a self-massage. With every whisk of hands, I mash out the errors of today’s race and provide a chance for my body to heal itself while I sleep. —Ben Chaddock

Cascade Cycling Classic

Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, OR

DATE: 22 July 2011   TIME: 1:22 PM   SUBJECT: Cascade Lakes Road Race

I screwed up the finish of the stage and I was pretty disappointed with myself. The moment was so fresh in my mind and I was just mad at myself for not doing better. —Matt Cooke

Cascade Cycling Classic

Bend, OR

DATE: 22 July 2011   TIME: 3:15 PM   SUBJECT: Stage Race Downtime

Relaxing on a riverbank is about SpiderTech tan-lines, which are kind of awesome. —Sam Johnson

USA Pro Cycling Championships

Greenville, SC

DATE: 27 May 2011   TIME: 8:31 PM   SUBJECT: Data Collection

Bored in a mansion in Greenville. Hong and I measure our legs. My circumference was 3 inches longer than his 107lbs frame. Sprinter vs.Climber. —Ben Chaddock

Cascade Cycling Classic

Bend, OR

DATE: 10 February 2012   TIME: 11:58 AM   SUBJECT: Skyliners Road Time Trial

I had a great TT, it put me into GC contention. I actually surprised myself with how well I did. I will always remember this race, it makes me think I can time trial well. —Matt Cooke

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