|Road Cycling / Criterium, Duathlon
|Bucket List Race
|Anywhere my legs can get me
|A cold IPA
|Off day? What's that???
A former collegiate track and field athlete, I stayed active as a weekend warrior in adult rec leagues and as a youth soccer coach. When sports leagues were paused during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I discovered cycling to get outside and to spend time with my kids.
My local cycling club is a very grounded, grass roots organization that takes potential riders as they are to be club members, racers, and stewards of our community. The club introduces cycling to people like me that don’t look like or are not well represented in the sport. Having a sense of community and giving back is very important to me — from feeding and sheltering the homeless to mentoring youth. Cycling with likeminded individuals was a no brainer!
I can’t lie, I didn’t get the appeal of endurance sports growing up, not making the connection to the team. But cycling put it all together for me. Specifically, criteriums. The sacrifice for your team won me over — attacking the peloton to speed things up , covering attacks of the other teams, or leading your sprinter out, getting him in a position to win at the expense of your own finish.
Now with two crit race seasons under my belt – racing alongside my teenage son in many of those crits – I have picked up running (because suffering on the bike wasn’t enough). I recently completed my first duathlon! Looking forward to seeing where this cycling and running journey with friends goes!
Call me by my nickname “Smiley” when we see each other. The suffering hasn’t removed my smile!