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Rookie Camp – How to Pack?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I will have to up my game with some pictures based on some of the other blogs.  But, trying to figure out just what to take to a training camp half way across the globe is tricky.  Believe or not, in my 20 seasons of racing, I have never gone to a training camp.  I have done an extended road trip with my bikes, but packing a car is different than packing for a flight.

So, if my packing for this camp goes as it has for other trips longer than a few days via plane it will go like this….

7 days before leaving I will lay out most of what I need.

6 days before leaving I will look through my stuff and take out something that I probably will not need.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 days before we leave I will do the same thing so that my pile is quite smaller than it started.

Then, about 4 days into the trip, I will look at Amy and ask if she has a shirt I can borrow because I did not pack enough.

Rookie Post

Friday, January 15th, 2010

When I logged in to this blog it says in the top left corner “Howdy, Brandon Marsh”.  How did it know that I was from Texas?

Well, I am also not too sure how to change the name on my blog, but I might be referred to as Brando as opposed to Brandon or -Tex since it is currently missing the “n” at the end of my name!!

Oh, and in case you are wondering about the profile picture.  No, I did not just learn how to smile.  It is about 1/2 of the picture below.  I am doing my best to imitate the shark standing next to me!!

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One of the first times that I spent any appreciable time away from Texas was in 2000 when I went to Perth, Australia for the ITU Age Group World Championships.  I was in Perth for about a week and then went to Sydney for another week.  Anyway, I arrived at my hotel in Sydney, and they didn’t really have my name or anything, but they did remember that I was from Texas.

So, the qustions started…since I am also one of the ‘older’ members of the team, you may not understand these…

- Do you ride a horse?  No, but I have before.

- Do you carry guns?  No, but I do own a couple.

- Are you from Big Oil Money like on the TV show Dallas?  No.

- Do you know who shot JR (also from the TV show Dallas)?  No.

That was my intro to what the rest of the world thought about TEXAS.  I always find it interesting what people from other countries…sometimes states…stereotype those of us from Texas.  It is kind of like assuming that all Aussies look and dress like Mick Dundee in the movie Crocodile Dundee.

Well, I am from Texas, and I do have a bit of a Texas drawl and my brother and his wife ride horses and dad has cattle.  And judging from Doc’s third post about his little trip up the train track, we know what he things of one Texan…who’s name starts with “G” and ends with “eorgeWBush”…so I might have my work cut out for me.  But, I prefer to ride my bike.  That is a good thing because Doc says I am going to be spending most of my days on it.

Looking forward to the season…so “Giddy Up”!