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Knoxville, Knoxville, Knoxville

This past Monday I made the 11 hour drive south to my old college town Knoxville, Tennessee. The idea is to escape the cold and get some good riding in as I have spent the last 3-4 weeks on the trainer in cold New Jersey.

I spent 7 years of my life living here and always enjoy coming back. Knoxville sits in a valley surrounded by the Great Smokey Mtns. We have a newly built aquatics center at the University as well as resurfaced track. The roads are pretty quite and you are constantly going up and down.

As I drove through the day on Monday the snow on the side of the road was not going away and as I crossed the Virgina border into Tennessee it started snowing. I started to rethink my idea of spending a month here and maybe drive another 10 hours south to Florida. But by this afternoon it warmed into the upper 30s and I was able to get in a good long ride, which included lots of climbing and getting chased by two dogs. The long range forcast looks good as it will get into the 50s starting tomorrow. I am staying with my good friend and former track teammate at UT Eric Bell, who is also racing as a professional triathlete. He heads off to Australia next week to join a group in Noosa so I will shift to my other good friend and former teammate Patrick Gildea’s home. Patrick is training for the upcoming Knoxville Marathon so we will get in some good runs together over the next few weeks.

More to come in the next fews weeks.

SD

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