Count down to awesome madness

16 Feb

The last few weeks.

Getting my bike fit on

Getting my bike fit on

I got dialed in on my New Wilier by my dear friend, and fellow bike fitter, Matthew Larson, at Devil Mtn Cyclery in Walnut Creek. We had a lot of fun catching up, getting my fit just right, and talking about the upcoming race season. He asked me some great questions about why I race, what my goals are, and how I feel in comparison to last year. This caught me off guard, and really made me think. It was a fantastic experience sharing this, and it aloud me to be really honest with my self. So thank you Matt.

Ocean View

Ocean View

After being fit on the new bike, and being fully recovered from the flu, I was able to start adding back the miles. Lots of great photo ops. I am lucky to live in such an amazing place.

Got to spend the day coaching a new client. She rocks!

Got to spend the day coaching a new client. She rocks!

So many birds
Tam, sun, fog, we have it all.

Tam, sun, fog, we have it all.

Picture the boss man took. Always love riding with my coach .

Picture the boss man took. Always love riding with my coach .

Mini Me getting caffeinated before our first race.

Mini Me getting caffeinated before our first race.

Cherry Pie was the first race of the season for me. Some of you may have already read the race report on FB, but for those of you who have not, here you go. Those of you who have, enjoy it again.

Today I raced Cherry Pie, my first crit of the season, with two awesome teammates. This race is generally the NorCal season opener, and it’s famous because the podium gets cherry pie, which is not an incentive for us¬†glutards.

I missed this race last year, which was the first time since I started racing. It was not by choice, but out of necessity because I was recovering from hip surgery.

As I was on my way to the race I got that nervous feeling in my belly, and this surprised me. I have not gotten this in years. It was not because I was nervous to race – I have lined up at the start line hundreds of times, it was because I have pretty high expectations for this year and have fought back from several years of injury. I was afraid to line up, and race with the same pain and disconnect of years past.

This was not the case. I felt strong, confident, and pain-free. I felt like myself, a self I have not known in years. Even though I was the designated sprinter and got 6th to my leadout who placed 2nd (awesome), the sprint was there but I chose the wrong side. I accept that, and I was more excited than if I had of won. This was a huge victory for me. The first of many to come this season.

The Sprint.

The Sprint.

More “What I See On My Rides” photos.

Found new bike path on my ride this day

Found new bike path on my ride this day

Lear calm day at Alpine Dam

Clear calm day at Alpine Dam

I mentioned “Awesome Madness” in the tittle. Team camp starts tomorrow!

Riders are coming in from all over the place. We will have an exciting week of riding together, getting to know one another, and meeting with our incredible sponsors.

Camp kicks of with a ride in my neck of the woods.Im excited to be sharing some of my favorite roads with the girls. During the ride we will get to stop by our sponsors Osmo Nutrition headquarters in Farifax to refuel, and give some hugs to some great people.

The next stage of madness will be getting on a flight at the end of camp to head to El Salvador for 10 days of racing!

Stay tuned for FB, Twitter, and eventually blog updates.  Follow me if you want in on the racing action.

Ready to bring the BOOM!

Ready to bring the BOOM!

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One Response to “Count down to awesome madness”

  1. Robert Curtis February 16, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    When you stop having butterflies is when you stop being a racer.

    In those seconds before you start, you control the race. You make things happen. You’re on the podium. The butterflies are your body’s way of reconciling the difference between your heart’s possibilities and your brain’s reality. “Did I train enough? Do I want it as bad?”

    The butterflies are your body’s way of saying, “it doesn’t matter what you think….you can have this race if you want to…….do you REALLY want it? Do you?!”

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