August was a month filled with great racing. Four months of prior hard training paid off, and (knock on wood) I was able to remain relatively injury/crash free. Here’s a quick recap of my racing in the past month:
Crankwork: I placed 7th for Pro women. This race is part of the Epic Singletrack Moutain bike series. Fast and furious singletrack, complete with rocky climbs and a river crossing.
Xterra Indian Peaks: Pay Day! I squeaked into 3rd place for Pro women and managed to make some dough. Freezing swim, sweet bike course almost completely in the woods, and a run full of obstacles and hills.
Mountain Top Circuit: I placed 6th for Pro women. Another mountain bike race in the Epic Singletrack Series, this course starts and finishes at the top of Mary Jane which makes for thin air and lots of climbing.
Xterra Lory: Another 3rd place day on the podium! Although I felt pretty awful at this race and had no wetsuit in the swim and a precarious malfunctioning pedal on my bike, I managed to fight through the pain and give it my all to make up some time on the run and snag a top spot.
September 2, 2011 No Comments
It has been one crazy busy summer, which pretty much explains my lack of blogging activity during the past two-ish months. June and July have been peppered with racing, training, moving, and crashing. Crashing you say? Yes, crashing. If you race a bike, it is not a matter of if you will crash, but when you will crash. It happens to the best of us and as Francis likes to say, “If you’re not crashing once and awhile, you’re not riding hard enough.” Let me give you a quick recap of June and July thus far:
Early June: Francis and I discover our landlord is selling our condo and we must move out by June 30th. Francis frantically searches for a suitable new home while I work away improving the mental health of kiddos and their struggling families.
June 19th: Francis and I race Xterra Lock 4 Blast in Tennessee while visiting my good friend Alicia and her husband Will. I pulled off my first pro win, despite the dark and stormy weather, which consisted of heavy downpours and massive thunder and lightning during the whole bike/run of the race. We also listen to live country music in Nashville and eat lots of pulled pork and “redneck tacos.” [Read more →]
July 22, 2011 No Comments
On Saturday, June 11th, I raced the season opener of the Epic Singletrack Series, the Hill Climb Kickoff. This race consists of a 5.3 mile hill climb, from the Winter Park base to the top of Mary Jane Mountain. The race is basically straight up, with roughly 2,00 feet of climbing. It tops out at an altitude of over 10,000 feet. Thus, this race is no easy feat, but I had a blast. Despite having tired legs, I dug deep and was able to push through the pain and lack of oxygen for a win in the Expert category. I guess this means I’ll have to buck up and race the Pro category next time! Thanks to all of our great team sponsors, especially XOOD, Fluid, Zeal Optics, and Specialized, which I used specifically for nutrition and equipment this race.
June 12, 2011 No Comments