Tristan’s Training Diary Day 1
28 Feb 2014
HOW I ENDED UP IN A MILITARY FACILITY IN ARGENTINA TO TRAIN FOR THE GIRO.
3 months to go before the Trois Etapes GIRO on 6 June 2014: three stages of steep Italian Dolomite climbs.
My training journey begins in a military facility in Mendoza, Argentina.
On 28 Feb, I arrived at Buenos Aires, where my father was born, for a cousin’s wedding. Argentinian families are very large. Just to put it in perspective, there are nearly 400 people that will be at the reception on Saturday!
It can be overwhelming sometimes, for example when trying to keep up with 4 different conversations happening at the same time at the dinner table, of course all in Spanish. However, it is incredible to feel so at home, so welcomed by people who, despite not knowing me that well, treat me like the closest family simply because we share a common ancestor born 100 years ago.
During the trip, my thoughts turned westward: the Andes Mountains, which separate Argentina and Chile, called me. What a great place to start training, if only I could find a trainer and a road bike…
It turns out that I have a Tio (“Uncle”) who is a senior Coronel in the Argentinian army. He ran a base in Mendoza until a year ago, and after hearing the story of the NOMAN campaign, invited me to train at his army facility for three days. He told me that one of the senior arms engineers is a competitive road cyclist who will be my teacher for the next few days… He added his name: El Zorro!