For the last 3 months I have been living out of a suitcase, on the road for a series of races. During this time, my stops have included Canada, Italy, Denmark, Colorado and Brazil. Now I head back to Atlanta to pack up before flying back home to Australia.
Despite the jubilation of finally getting to go home and see my wife, something has occurred to me: There are several things that I am going to have to get readjusted to when I return to normal life.
1. Waking up before 8am: Races and rides generally start mid-morning so we usually sleep in before a late breakfast. With group rides back home leaving at around 6am, it's going to be a shock to the system.
2. Making my own bed and cleaning my room: For the last 3 months I have been staying in hotels so when I return from a ride, my bed is made and the room has been cleaned.
3. Cooking my own food: Staying in hotels for 3 months has also meant that I have eaten almost every meal in a restaurant. It's probably a good thing that I start to make my own food again.
4. Doing my own laundry: After each race or ride, our ever helpful soignuers take our laundry, wash and dry it, then return it to us. It is a wonderful thing.
5. Not getting a daily massage: During races, we are lucky enough to receive a massage after each day to recover. I will miss this.
6. Not having a car follow me during training rides: When training with the team, a follow car accompanies us on rides with anything we could need including water bottles, spare wheels and food. Now I will have to get used to stuffing my pockets before each ride.
Despite having all of these things that I have to get used to again, I have a feeling that my wife is going to make sure that I re-learn them very quickly. I'm sure she is stock-piling some chores for me right now, just so I can get a lot of practice in when I get home. And fair enough, I suppose.