But, as soon as I mount my time-machine, hear the sweet sound of the cleats clicking into the pedals, feel the force of the pedals - I'm in my element. 100% comfortable. Everything that made me feel "out of place" without the bike, now becomes necessary and perfectly normal. It feels as though everything is working in a beautiful symbiotic relationship. Complete harmony. I'm no longer a klutzy, funny looking dude. I need the bike like fish needs water.
Anyways, rating put aside - The season so far is going well. We are doing well and meeting our goals. The team has had some great results and personally I'm happy. My home away from home is in a great part of Europe with lots and lots of pro riders packed into a small area. It's great to be able to ride and train with some of the best ProTour riders on a daily basis. Nothing encourages growth quite like that.