Though my tan lines and sunburns would suggest otherwise, racing has only begun to pick up in the last month around the Old Pueblo. I have had the awesome opportunity to race with multiple teammates the last four weekends and it has been nothing short of a blast. The ultimate maxim of cycling states that our pursuit is a team sport, first and foremost. The last month, I have had the pleasure of playing nearly every single role as a teammate: pack police, support crew, race leader and lead out train queen. Each experience has taught me that satisfaction can be wrought in pursuit of a singular goal among many teammates, and that personal gain is most experienced when the rest of the team has the same intent. I can truly say that I enjoyed watching Kapri off the front in the Colossal criterium, and Mary taking the sprint win at the San Tan Criterium, just as much as I enjoyed winning the overall at Colossal Cave last weekend. This notion of a common goal is something that many people have a hard time understanding about the sport. It seems so individualized because only one can cross the finish line first. However, there are so many moments, so many opportunities for personal victory in a race that a “W” becomes something desired for the self, but not the be all, end all reason why we compete. Satisfaction is gained when pain has a purpose greater than ourselves. And, when your teammates are people that you respect, both on and off the bike, then wins become a testament to successful connections made and the people who work together to realize a goal.
[Read more →]
April 7, 2011 2 Comments
February 7, 2011 No Comments
I have been embarrassingly absent from the blog since I joined the team. First and foremost, I have to assert that this is not my fault. In fact, the fault of my absence lay solely with the University of Arizona and particularly, with the Gender and Women’s Studies department, who for the last two years have held me captive in their minor program consisting of endless reading and papers!*Last Thursday, I was freed from my academic shackles (free at last!) and received nothing (diploma to arrive by mail ‘soon’).
Despite my inability to type even the shortest of blog posts for Women’s Bike Talk, I have been working very hard on the bicycle and have been thrilled to see the fruits of some hard wrought labor and hard lessons- learned coming together. I started the season new to the team with the two main goals of maintaining a consistent training schedule and gaining as much experience as possible in races. In addition, I knew that I had a wealth of opportunity to learn from my more experienced teammates, many of whom I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the last two years through the UA Cycling Club. [Read more →]
May 28, 2010 1 Comment