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!

12 comments:

Flandria said...
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Peanut said...

Hi flandria:
Sorry but i deleted your comment by accident and don't know how to get it back. But i did read it and wholeheartedly agree with you that are team kits...are strange!
When i saw them last year I called them the cows - heck, we all did. But the spots are actually prunes (pruim in dutch). On a positive note, we are not forced to wear yellow which is unflattering on almost everyone AND we are easily spotted in a race - can't miss the spots! haha.

Flandria said...

Hi Peanut! Sorry...I deleted it because I had second thought that it might have been or could be a rude comment...apologies

It's hard to write a comment and really not know how another person (specially if I don't know them!) would react even if I meant as in a jokingly or good thingy...

your comment made me feel better...

Flandria said...

but seriously...how lucky of you to be in the land of awesome racing!

:-)

Chris said...

Welcome back to the land of the living...looks like I'll be at 3Daagse West Vlaanderen over the second weekend in March. Can I buy you a coffee if nearby?

Peanut said...

I'd LOVE a free cup of coffee! The only problem is that i don't have a car and the 3 daagse WV is an hour away by car - something i don't have.
I am not sure what my training will be for those days but if i have a long one, I can ride my bike there. I live in Vlaams-Brabant region - 20km east of Brussels. Or let me know if you're headed out in this direction!

Chris said...

Will do...I think I'm coming in Thursday afternoon to Brussels and leaving Monday afternoon from Antwerp. But it might be the other way around. In any case, I'll keep you posted and do my best to get out your way.

Chris said...

Will be in town all weekend, staying in Tielt. Monday I don't catch the outbound train from Midi until 8 in the evening. So let's try to orient on Brussells Monday, if that suits you. Looking forward to it!

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

peanut blog on Baldwin!

Anonymous said...

You ladies look great all bunched together. (Kind of stylish, like pleated pants) A suggestion, some should have Green leg warmers and some black, then the team Kit would be complete. Hehe!
Seriously the best part of the group picture, you all are smiling! Go Prunes!
D:)S:)

Peanut said...

OK Olaf. I have given "peanut blog on baldwin" a lot of thought and i STILL cannot figure out what that means.
Can you give me a hint? What is a baldwin? As in baldwin brothers? Nobody knows those stories...except for a select few!!

Velo Bella said...

the other Baldwin ...

not the time trialist

the typist

not the ameriPro

the euroBeaux


the other Baldwin

of Russkie blood and Bronx vocab.


get some scoop
at Omloop

and maybe a pic or two,
of that scrubby fool.