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Life and bikes

SO, if life is like a pizza, then as an “elite amateur” cyclist, training and racing is only one small part of the pie, like maybe the tomato sauce and the pepperoni (or mushrooms if you’re like my vegan teammate). And while pizza may be less zippy without the tomato sauce, sometimes we need to stop and get our hands dirty, mixing the flour and yeast and water to make ourselves a tasty crust for the pizza (pizza recipe available on request). And that has been my life for the past month+, since a fabulous trip to race Gila and collegiate nationals. SO, I will take a post to show you a slice of the pizza that is this cyclist’s life.

Anna M in the crit at collegiate nationals

Step one: win fancy new jersey in the road race at collegiate nationals. Finish respectably in the criterium.

Step 2: Finish writing Ph.D. dissertation. Print copies for members of my committee. Note, this process involves several intense weeks of very long hours in lab and in front of a computer, following nearly 5 years of research. [Read more →]

June 24, 2011   No Comments

Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference season opener, hosted by Rutgers

Redlands is just around the corner, but here up north in New England, the USAC road season is still a ways off. Lucky for me, however, as a full-time student at Harvard, I get to race the ECCC collegiate season. I love collegiate cycling, and the Eastern conference is awesome with tons of great people and some fun racing.

The first races of the year were this past weekend, hosted by Rutgers University down in New Jersey. The Harvard team piled all our bikes and gear into a rented cargo van, and the riders into a minivan and made the long schlep down past New York City to New Jersey, where, after a very short night in a hotel, we got up before the sun to get in some racing action. There were time trials in the morning, and in true prolog form, this year’s course was short; close to two miles long. It was shorter than the course that Rutgers has used for the past few years, so a number of us crossed the finish line and were confused that the race was over already…although we could partly blame that on waking up at 5am!

Afterwards, the whole of the ECCC rode or drove a few miles over to the athletic campus for a crit next to the football stadium. The pavement was pretty miserably rough, but suddenly, the sun came out and it got warm-ish!!! Some people were racing WITHOUT LEG WARMERS!! For those of you reading this in Arizona, that’s perhaps not so exciting, but since there are still piles of snow lining many of my favorite training routes here in Boston, it was quite a treat to sit in the warm sun and watch my teammates race. Finally, my turn to race a crit came around, and well, it was a fun one. Kind of. A rider from MIT and I decided after a lap or two to pick up the pace a bit, and then proceeded to lap the field. And then started in on another lap before the race ended. What can I say, the big races are coming, and I need to be ready!!
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March 10, 2011   No Comments

Sun or Snow

Top 5 reasons why team camp was great even after my flights got rearranged due to New England blizzards:

1. I got to meet some of my awesome new teammates and ride with them

2. I got to see what collegiate racing is like in the Southwest and got to race with some of my new teammates

Mel, Judy, Kapri and me in a collegiate race Sunday morning (along with some other folks)

3. I rode with more skin showing than just my nose IN FEBRUARY!!
4. I met some interesting local vegetation (does everything in AZ have spines???) [Read more →]

February 8, 2011   No Comments