Julian Dean Diary
Worlds 2005 - Part two of a two part story.
with my performance.
As far as the race goes, I always think that I should have done things differently but it is easy to be the intelligent tactician afterwards. If I hadn?t have tried to follow Vino and Bettini, I would?ve been able to stay with the group of Boonen and had an easy ride to the finish where I would have had a much better chance in the sprint because I wouldn?t have expended all that energy in the break. On the other hand, I think that I went with the right decision at the time even though it didn?t work out. I had to take my chance. I went into the race with a race plan and I stuck to it. This was the most important thing. I didn?t trust my form in the Olympics and chose not to follow the crucial move of Bettini. I have regretted this decision ever since. I didn?t want to make that same mistake in the Worlds and although things didn?t go my way, I have no regrets about my decisions this time. Although I do know that if I had the form I had at the Olympics, I would have been able to be there until the death with Bettini and Vino.
All things considering ? my injury, the surgery, the short amount of time I have been back on the bike, and the way that I rode, it was truly an awesome performance.
Once again I have to give all my thanks to Carole for being such an integral part of our success. Putting up with my grumpy, difficult days when the last thing that I wanted to do was to go training, yet time and time again, she always manages to get me out on the bike. I really believe that it?s only the partners of other athletes who understand completely what life with an athlete really means. Naturally things have been a little different with Tanner. Carole hasn?t been able to get out on the bike with me or motor-pace me but all the same, I couldn?t have done it without them both. I have been very fortunate in that it?s been Carole who has taken on full responsibility of Tanner while I?ve been preparing for the Worlds. I?ve only had to play my part during the fun times of Tanner when he has been happy and wanting to play but for the rest of it, and the most demanding times, Carole has asked nothing of me as she understands my need for rest and recovery off the bike. I?m very lucky and very thankful for her understanding.
Well that about sums it up for my thoughts on the Worlds. I hope that now I can go on with the form I have and get some results before the season ends. To break the dry spell of victories in the next couple of weeks would be nice. Even if it?s just a small one, although at this point any result is more than welcome.