Sunday, January 8, 2012

California, Part Two.

Panoramic view of the Home Depot Center Velodrome in Carson, CA.

After laying in bed for 4 weeks with a fractured pelvis following the Astana World Cup, I was finally back on two wheels come the beginning of December and anxious to regain my lost fitness. Due to a greatly reduced range of motion and an inability to weight bear on my left side, the first few training sessions (and I use the word "training" very loosely) revolved more around getting on and off the bike safely, as opposed to actually riding it. However, I stretched, iced, and did physio exercises day in and day out, and was soon riding comfortably for 3+ hours.

Three days ago,  I cashed in a one-way ticket to Los Angeles courtesy of the CCA, and relocated to sunny Redondo Beach for the next training phase. I am excited to be back on track (literally and figuratively!) and hope that my recovery keeps progressing and my fitness soon follows!

-Gillian Carleton

More photos after the jump.

Follow this winding road through Palos Verdes Estates for some of the best riding in the area.

Race Clean + Oak Bay Bicycles. Casual sponsor logo placement?

Beautiful sunset from Redondo Beach.