Thursday, July 28, 2011


No, this post is not about me flying--fitness wise.  Actually, I'm far from flying. More like jumping...
This post is not about my flying away--even though I am flying to Reno on Saturday and back to Denver on Sunday (oh I need to update USADA...good reminder).

This post is about the time.  It's flying by!
This week has been filled with 2 Outdoor Diva clinics, 1 Blue Sky Velo cornering clinic, 1 visit by friends, 1 pretty dang fun hike with said friends, 2 giant bike rides, and a fair amount of gluten being consumed.  Seems I don't have to be gluten free anymore! Yay!! BLT's for dinner last night were awesome. Tonight steel*wool ride followed by beer and pizza.   Take that glutard suckkas!

Race #2 is right around the corner. Tour de Nez in Reno on Sunday.  This will be a good test for the 'bow and the legs.  I'm pretty excited!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I'm proud of this picture for 2 reasons.
1- There's proof of a left tricep-hard work paying off
2- I'm racing! hard work paying off.
I don't know who's picture this is. I stole it from Girl Bike Love. Thanks!

Home again

I have recovered, for the most part, from last week.  I am home again and able to appreciate everything good about home there is.
-Flowers- are amazing right now due to all the rain we have gotten.
-Friends- I have some (!) and am able to hang out with them
-Family- spending time with "blood" is good
-JH and doggies- make me happy, make me laugh, and keep me on my toes
-Bikes- are fun, relaxing, enjoyable, and social- plus I had the hardest workout ever on Tuesday.
-Margaritas- best consumed with all of the above

Friday, July 15, 2011


I'm a little smashed.  Actually, totally smashed.

Right now, I'm in Colorado Springs.  I'm helping coach the Women's Talent ID Camp for USA Cycling (which is funny for several reasons).  I'm coaching, but I'm riding too and riding a lot.  Riding more than I have in the past 3.5 months.  Today was a double day of field testing (5 min and 20 min) and pace-line racing.

Yesterday was a double day of cornering, climbing, and skills.

Tomorrow is a single day of 4 hrs filled with more bike riding and racing stuff.

Last Sunday, I raced my first bike race since breaking my arm.  It was fun. Period.
I was nervous as shit before the race, I am unfit, and suffered 2/3 of the race, but I had fun and won $40.

I think I'll race again sometime soon (stupid UCI, USAC rules forbid me from racing ACA races in Colorado, so I have to go somewhere else to race).

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were filled with coaching, riding, athlete rides, packing, and driving.
Thus, I am smashed.
And it feels good.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Cool Hike

I've been here in the winter time- Backcountry skiing- but never in the summer time.  Pretty cool hike with my friend Shawn.  We finished the day in the coffee shop (duh, of course).

Here are some pictures

Hessie Trail Hike-

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Other Than Riding

Yes, I've been riding bikes.  A lot.  Almost everyday.  But, I've also been doing other stuff too.

For example, I live in a pretty dang cool community and we do fun stuff together - like hike straight up a mountain to change out the flag in the rocks at the top (a 30 year tradition).
 I've made good friends in our little community and getting to spend the summer at home this year has been really special.
 Every Friday, we eat and drink together and tell stories. At least three times a year we work together to keep our home a wonderful place- then we eat and drink some more.
 I've also been taking care of our friends "ladies" while they are out of town.  This morning, I did my massive arm exercises- with 10 lbs weights- while the ladies hung out and found interesting stuff on the ground.
Life is good right now.  The 'bow is getting stronger and more stable and I look forward to racing again--sometime.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Riding bikes is fun and that's what I've been doing.  It feels good to just ride.  No training, no watts, no intervals, just riding along.  I'm getting my body and my arm used to riding everyday.  I've ridden to work 4 days in a row. I've ridden with three FasCat athletes. I've ridden my mtn bike- even a bit of singletrack on the Steel*Wool ride.  I've had fun and I've made myself pretty dang tired in the process.

The goal next week is to ride home from work.  Riding to work is easy- 17miles downhill.  Now it's time to go up.

I've also tried something new this week- other than bikes and bike riding.  Finally, after two years of hearing about them and how awesome they are, I went in for a visit to Peak Sports Chiropractic in Boulder.  All I can say is WOW.  It was so good I went in again today. Andy and Jen are amazing and thanks to them, my body is dealing with all the new activity pretty dang well (no elbow pain while riding singletrack and no Achilles pain).  If you're in Boulder, you've got to go see them.  It's more than the cracking of the normal Chiropractor.  They get into your muscles and body movement.

That's all for now.  Get out and ride your bike!