The next few stages were not too special, just a few more climbs and one really long day of 230km. Saturday was important though with the 26km TT that could change gc positions for sure. We went to preview the course in the morning. At that time, it appeared nearly flat, as the race bible showed, but once I was out there giving it full gas, it was anything but flat. Certainly not big hills, but enough change to let you know it was not flat. Plus the wind was always blowing and making things just a bit harder. Anyway, I gave it full gas and did what I could to protect my gc position. I ended up losing one spot and moving down to 16th, where I ended, but I am happy with that. Overall, Austria was really good. The team was great, the vibe was very good, the whole experience was great. The team gained a few stage results, missed the podium by one spot on gc, and we won the team gc: a good week of racing.
Back in Girona now, Lisa and I are enjoying exploration. We have increased our range of travel now, too, with the recent purchase of a scooter. It is something we have talked about for a few weeks and after a little research and looking, we decided to buy one. Yesterday we went north of Girona to a town named Banyoles. We took turns driving and passanging. It was fun. We swam in the lake at Banyoles and took time to get a coffee and watch the last parts of the tour. Interesting fact: the lake in Banyoles was used during the Barcelona Olympics for the events like rowing. It is a really beautiful lake with clear water and set in a peaceful mountain-surrounded setting. It was really enjoyable.
Training now is pretty easy for a few days as I am recovering from the stress of Austria. It hasn't necessarily been easy though, as the temps have been incredibly warm with high humidity and the wind has been blowing pretty hard. Nonetheless, it is well and recovery is nice.
Thanks to everyone for the support and positive remarks. It is nice to receive the encouragement and always provides a little more inspiration to dig a little deeper and believe in myself and my abilities. Take care.