Monday, August 15, 2011

What not to bring

When on a training camp or race, you are with the same bunch of guys and stay in very small hotel rooms. You get to know each other VERY well and male bonding is rife. Consequently, there are certain things that you do not take with you on a training camp or race. 

Firstly, sentimental stuffed toys from love ones are a definite source of ridicule. So that stuffed puppy you got on Valentine's Day when you first met your girlfriend needs to stay at home or hidden in your suitcase. 

A good way to pass the time on training camp is to watch movies, a LOT of movies. However, in the company of other guys, it is highly recommended that you don't suggest that you watch the director's extended edition of the Twilight series or the complete first series of Sex and the City.

Once the movies run out, you would be surprised what some will resort to in order to prevent boredom setting in. After traveling around for extended periods of time, ones hair can get quite long so it doesn't take long for someone to suggest shaving their head. As a result, it is always wise to leave electric clippers at home. 

Unfortunately, I failed to follow this suggestion and brought some hair clippers with me to Passo dello Stelvio. Fortunately, I don't need a haircut, but Deon did. Foolishly trusting me with the hair clippers, Deon now has a classy looking mullet/mo hawk haircut. It's business at the front and party at the back. 

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