Today was a great unwinding day. I just took it easy. In the morning, I unpacked from yesterday's race. Then Jonas and I went over to Leuven to get a soup from one of the restaurants we tried to visit a few days ago when everything was closed. We had broccoli soup with a thick slice of toasted bread for dipping.
The weather was not too bad for the ride - about 4 degrees C. I wore only a sports bra, thick undershirt, windproof long sleeve jacket, two long sleeve jerseys, windvest, windbreaker, heavy winter jacket, neck gator, ski mask, ear warmers, winter cap, two pairs of heavy gloves, thick socks, toe warmers, oversocks, heavy duty booties and full wrap glasses. Just right.
Once back home, I did the laundry. Then I repacked for the race tomorrow. It is near Antwerpen which is a bit over an hour drive north of here. Since it is one of the "holiday races" I expect the crowds to be close to 15-20,000. Crazy.
Here are some photos from Hofstade - probably even more to come!
I especially love the one of the two kids. I thought they were just MY fans but it turns out i share them with Bart Wellens. If you can read their cheeks, the boy has "WELLENS" and the girl has "BAT" written on them.