The opening stage of the "Volta" Ciclista a Catalunya, A.E. was definitely enjoyable because it was a rare opportunity to race on some familiar roads around my European home in Girona. The spectacular coast sections are some of my favorites, and while we didn’t really have a chance to soak up the views, it's always nice to know where you are and what’s coming next.
Physically, the race rhythm took a bit of an adjustment after spending the past three weeks training. Fortunately, the profile and tactics were in line with this transition. But it only gets hillier, harder, and probably a lot colder from here, so I appreciate today as a good way to start.