Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I'm back from southern France...
surely happy to be home! I went to training camp expecting to be physically exhausted from hard work on the bike, but instead my head hurt most from trying to learn a whole language in a week! The only person i could count on for translation was my finnish teammate Tiina. Otherwise I was on my own. Once it was obvious that i came to france prepared with only five french words, the girls were very supportive. They all braved conversations with me using their limited english. My knowledge of spanish did come in handy. When i didn't know a word in French, i'd try using the spanish equivalent with a french accent (ie. avion=plane). It worked about 30% of the time. 70% of my attempts, though, were greeted with a puzzled look.
Sorry for not updating the blog sooner but for some unknown reason i was unable to update my blog from the computers we had access to at training camp. For the next few days, I will be making up for all the attempted posts! If you don't want to wait and are interested in giving your french a go, visit our TEAM WEBSITE for coverage of team presentation and training camp.
Thanks for reading!