I just finished up three days of racing in Saint Louis at Tour de Grove. This was quite a different race experience than the previous weeks of NCC racing at Speed Week.
I hit the ground in a crash on the first night, but am ok for the most part. The second day was an NCC race so I grabbed a lot of points but could not quite pull off the finish.
The 3rd and final day was one of the hardest days of racing. I chose to be supper active and aggressive, working to create a break or go with a move that made one. This made for a very hard, active race. I was in just about every move except the one that stuck (always the story). My positioning for the finial lap was good for the final sprint but I wanted to try something new and attacked early hoping to stay away, but was caught at the line.
Over all I was happy with how I raced. I may not have made the podium but I walked away with the experience of what I did right, and more importantly what I did wrong.
This is the first year in several years I have been able to race without pain. This has given me the confidence to believe in myself and dedicate myself to racing.
The season is just beginning, and I have already raced in El Salvador, where I surprised myself and a lot of other people. This was the beginning. I had the fight to finish one of the hardest mountain climbs (a climb that destroyed the field!) I have ever done in a UCI race. I spent two stages riding in a break, one of those days attacking the break to win sprint points. Another first was placing top 20 in a UCI race.
I had the opportunity to race Redlands, the first NRC race of the season, and support my teammate to 3rd over all, and I placed 12th in the hardest crit in America.
I had my first win in 4 years at the Red Kite Crit in CA.
Today, in our 6th day of racing at Speed Week, I attacked the field 1 1/2 laps into a 37 lap technical course, creating the breakaway that would lap the field. In a sprint finish I came in 4th, unfortunately one spot off the podium. This is the first time I have ever lapped a field.
I have had many firsts and small victories already this season. Each and every one of them I am grateful for, and I could not have achieved without all of your help.
Your support, and believing in me have contributed to my success, and has opened my eyes to the athlete I can be.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to race against so may strong and talented women at the Red Kite Crit today. I was supported by an amazing teammate, director and BF, to take home the win. It has been a long road back to the top step. I want to say thank you to everyone who has believed in me, supported me, and stayed by my side through the uphill battle. Thank you.
I will be hitting the road on Friday to race Speed Week, a crit series that will take me and the above awesome teamie through Georgia and the Carolinas over two weeks of racing. Stoked to start the trip off with a win.
After returning from racing in El Salvador, I have rewritten my blog several times, it's coming soon I think. I've raced, we took two spots on the podium. I've rested, recovered, and trained for the next big race starting thur, Redlands Classic. I will be updating after the races, and am excited to see how it plays out.
Rest day. Then two more days of UCI 1.1 racing in El Salvidor. Racing at this level has been an incredible experience, I've surprised my self, thriving in difficult conditions, and racing beyond my own expectations. The time and dedication to training This winter has payed off, and it's just the beginning of a long season. I am extremely excited for what's to come.
Your support provides me with the opportunity to represent women, and hopefully inspire others to do extraordinary things.
The last few weeks have been an incredible experience. First team camp, getting to know team mates on and off the bike, and now Vuelta a El Salavdor. We are 6 races in and I couldent be prouder of my team, more thankful for all of your support, and the coaching that has gotten me here.
The racing is incredible, challenging, and I have never enjoyed racing my bike more. I have been able to support my team mates, and race into new strengths. This is going to be an exciting year!
Please keep up the support. Im looking forward to an exciting year and many more oportunitys to race against the best in the world.
Today I raced Cherry Pie, my first crit of the season, with two awesome teammates. This race is generally the NorCal season opener, and it's famous because the podium gets cherry pie, which is not an incentive for us glutards.
I missed this race last year, which was the first time since I started racing. It was not by choice, but out of necessity because I was recovering from hip surgery.
As I was on my way to the race I got that nervous feeling in my belly, and this surprised me. I have not gotten this in years. It was not because I was nervous to race - I have lined up at the start line hundreds of times, it was because I have pretty high expectations for this year and have fought back from several years of injury. I was afraid to line up, and race with the same pain and disconnect of years past.
This was not the case. I felt strong, confident, and pain-free. I felt like myself, a self I have not known in years. Even though I was the designated sprinter and got 6th to my leadout who placed 2nd (awesome), the sprint was there but I chose the wrong side. I accept that, and I was more excited than if I had of won. This was a huge victory for me. The first of many to come this season.
Thank you all for the support, of my self and women's racing.
This Sunday is my first crit race of the season Cherry Pie, the following week is team camp where I get to spend some quality time, riding with, and getting to know my 2013 team mates.
Then I will be heading to El Salvador for my second ever UCI race. This will be 10 days of challenging races, and an amazing way to kick off the 2013 race season.
It is with your support that this is possible.
The race season will be in full swing over the next few months and I will be closing this down. We are so close to my goal of $10K, with the fund matching that is going on. If we can reach 5k here, then we meet my goal.
Even after this is closed you can stay connected with updates, by following me on twitter, facebook, my blog or if you do not do any of that, send me a message and I will send you email updates.
I thank you all for the support and for taking time out of your day to read this, and support a female athlete. I hope I can inspire others to follow their dreams.
Thank you every one so far for the support, we are nearing 2k. With the fund matching that is going on that is nearly 4k. Keep up the support! I will continue to update with my training and racing. It is because of all of you, that I have this amazing opportunity. Thank you.
My day started at the Marin Superior Court serving Jury duty. The universe must of heard me, stressing about missing another day of training. The trial I was assigned to got cancelled so we were not only excused but this counted as our service for the next two years. I was home by 11 and out on the bike to do a great day of interval training. Feeling good.
It was a good day out on the bike, starting to feel better. Took some pictures of things I see to help bring you all along on my training rides. Today there was a coffee stop as it was an easy day :) as I ease back in to it.
The last 8 days have been hard. Came down with a head cold that moved its way in to my lungs. Feeling better to day, I made it out to mentor the women's race at the Early Bird racing clinic. It was a lot of fun to see the passion and excitement in these women, as they put together skills they have learned over the past few weekends. To day they started to try new things during the mock race, worked together as team mates, and set goals for next weekend! To day brought back a lot of great memories. This is such a great program, and I am glad I could be a part of it, even if for just one day this year.
We put on our super hero costumes, and head to the start line, prepared to push our selves to our limit. We gear up to go to school visits, to educate, and inspire kids, who test us with questions, that only the brilliant mind of a child would think to ask.
We travel for months, growing our bond as a team. We meet amazing people, and race on brilliant roads. We are focused, and ready to do our jobs.
And like any superhero, we live two lives. We have our lives at home, with our friends, and family, our jobs to go to, bills to pay. It's a lot to juggle, but because of our passion for our sport, we manage to get our selves to the start line, to support each other, to inspire others, and to chase our dreams.
I am a female athlete with a dream. That dream is to be a full time professional cyclist.
I race for Vanderkitten, a women's professional team based in the US. Vanderkitten has given me amazing support over the years, helping me on the journey to realize my potential as a professional female athlete.
As an athlete, I have transformed my life, made sacrifices, have overcome injury, and have learned, it takes a strong support system to chase this dream. This journey has taught me to be strong, but also know when I need to ask for help.
Going in to the 2013 season, I do not want financial restrictions to be what limits my growth. This is why I am reaching out to all of you for a small donation to help me get to races around the country, and other parts of the world.
By getting to races, I will be able to further develop, meet challenging competition, provide Vanderkitten and our sponsors with the exposure they deserve for believing in me, and women's cycling, and hopefully inspire young women to chase after their own dreams.
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