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Collegiate Nats and life.

Whew. What a month. A year ago I raced my first Tour of the Gila followed up by Collegiate Nationals in Fort Collins, CO. I told myself that’d be last time I’d race for multiple days, consecutive weekends, smack dab during the last week of school. Well, I guess I forgot.

This year, it happened again (still not sure how). Except Collegiate Road Nationals were located almost a thousand miles further than last year. Madison, WI isalong ways from Tucson. Yet somehow I survived finals, finished my papers, fought a cold (and lost), and still managed to have a great time. It helped having so many teammates in the same situation so we could aid each other in procrastinating. Melanie has written up an excellent summary of the races, although I think she’s being a little modest about her own results. A top-ten NRC results is a huge accomplishment, and especially impressive on top of her PhD studies, blogging, role as Team Captain, race promoter, and upcoming wedding (yes–she’ll be the bride). Anyway, it’s pretty exciting to see hard work pay off and it’s a great result for the Specialized D4W team.

Now I’m realizing that I won’t line up at another collegiate race for quite some time, and I’m a little bummed about it. For three years I juggled racing as a professional mountain biker for the Luna Chix and the responsibilities of a full-time student. For those years, collegiate racing helped me keep things in perspective and realize why I race bikes. I think it’s safe to say I wouldn’t be racing today without collegiate racing and the UA Cycling Club (and TJ!).

Luckily, I’ve found a home with the Arizona-based road team Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus. My teammates kick ass in the hundred different things they do (including some very impressive on-the-bike accomplishments). Plus, I’m now comfortable wearing pink and baby blue; although I’m not yet comfortable considering myself a road racer. Hopefully I can figure it out at the Nature Valley Grand Prix–my next big road race. Until then, I’ll be moving into my new house, mountain bike racing, and hopefully blogging more often!

Also, thanks to all the Specialized D4W/Bicycle Haus sponsors, my teammates, my friends and family, TJ, and all the other sponsors and supporters I’ve had along the way. I’ve definitely had some ups and downs with training and racing but I’m in this sport for the long haul. Thanks for checking in!

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1 Kimberly { 05.21.10 at 6:11 am }

Awesome post, Chloe. To race nationals while sick (and share a room with Judy and myself!) showed just how tough you are. You’ve got ovaries of steel. (This is a ladies’ website after all).

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