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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

who inspires me


Sunday, March 18, 2007

V is for Velo Girls.....and Victory!

more photos here!

congratulations to Team Velo Girls and the members of the Tri-Flow Women's Development Racing Program on a stellar race (and another win)!

I may never be a great bike racer, but I sure can teach women how to race.

I love my job!

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

weird tan lines

it's been years since I've put on a bikini. I used to be obsessed with the sun, laying at the pool slathered in baby oil for 8 hours a day -- brown as a nut my father used to say. but the past decade or so I've had this biker-tan thing going on. the first few years, I'd go to the pool to even it out. but then I quit trying. or maybe I just didn't want to put a bikini on my fat ass. either way, I prided myself on the sock lines, the shorts lines, the glove lines.

well, this week I'm doing a lot of desk work -- mostly results clean-up for the fricking race. I have a big, beautiful patio and I love sitting outside in the morning, working on my laptop, drinking tea or a latte, and getting out of my desk chair (cause sitting in my desk chair too long makes my back hurt).

now that the clocks have changed, it's kinda hot on my patio and I get several hours of good quality tanning time. and I'm a sweater. so the t-shirts quickly changed to tank tops to bikinis. yup! I'm working on a lovely front-only tan.

of course, the laptop makes an odd tan line, too, but I guess I can just go on a bike ride to even that one out.....or go sit at the pool!

life is good.....


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

play along at home week #6

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Monday, March 12, 2007

what if we threw a party and everyone came?

that about sums up saturday's tri-flow menlo park grand prix. beyond all expectations, we tripled the size of last year's race. was it the change in categories? the date? the lure of t-shirts and kisses? who knows! but the bottom line is that we somehow pulled off a HUGE event!

when I got home Saturday night, all numb and tingly from being awake and on my feet for close to 48 hours, I wrote a lovely blog post. unfinished with the post, I fell asleep sitting at the computer and somehow lost my post (maybe it was my forehead on the spacebar?). so, in short.....

many thanks to our fabulous sponsors, especially Tri-Flow who has stepped up to underwrite this event for the past two seasons (along with lots of other Velo Girls programs).

thanks as well to Tom, Alec, Casey, and Jeff. they make me look good even though I have no clue what I'm doing.

to all the many volunteers from the team and the club, who dedicated countless hours in the weeks prior and on the day of the event, to make sure we put on a safe, fun, efficient event! especially of note, the racers who raced in the morning and then volunteered all afternoon -- thank you!!!

to all the beautiful racer boys and girls. thank you for your patience with registration, results, and wait lists.

to Brooke Kuhn, for choosing our race as part of the Bay Area Women's Cycling Association points series.

to all the upper-cat women for coming out and racing with the boys! I admire you.

to all my blog friends who always make me smile. it's especially fun to see all my road-racing friends who I haven't seen since August or September!

to Lauren, for the bestest race t-shirt ever!

to Kim, for taking over at registration so I could extract myself from the computer for a while during the afternoon.

to Anna and Erin, for taking over the prizes so I could deliver girl scout cookies and frosty beverages to the course marshalls.

to all my clients for being patient while I've been semi-absent the past week or so.

and to mother nature, for blessing us with beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine.

we hope to see you all again next year (especially mother nature)!

ps -- results and podium photos will post tomorrow.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

trend analysis

not wingeing, just commenting.

another one of the "great" local races has eliminated a category for CAT4 women this year.

how do we grow women's fields if we send a message that they're not important to us (especially when a club that touts itself as the best in the country does something like this)?

the growth of women's cycling starts at the bottom -- with new, beginner, and developing racers, and even non-racing recreational riders. that's why Velo Girls focuses in these areas.

oh well......another one bites the dust, I suppose.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

play along at home week #5

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

third time's a charm

today was race #3 in the CCCX series. interestingly enough, I almost didn't go. you see, I just got back from ten days in Colorado last night, and I had about 1,000 excuses when the alarm went off at 4:30 this morning.

first, congrats to my beautiful teammates.

Elizabeth did her first race clipped in the entire time -- and she had more fun than I've ever seen her have during a race!

Justine raced her single speed and got 2nd in the sport women's race, beating a bunch of geared girls. Jenny raced sport as well -- and got 5th in a super-competitive field.

and Janet came to pre-ride with a friend and cheered and took some great photos!

so, I'll start my report with the punch line. why the punch line, you ask? because my race today should have been a joke. but I guess the joke was on my because I won! yes, I won my very first race (at least where there was more than one competitor in my category).

but now I'll digress. I went to CO to participate in the elite/level 1 coaching clinic for USA Cycling at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. during the clinic, my favorite speaker was Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD, who discussed sport psychology. this is one of my favorite topics. one of the more interesting parts of the lecture was her explanation of athletes with a fear of success. she also classified athletes with an aversion to failure (although not necessarily the same as a desire to win). this is an interesting group of athletes, and I bet everyone in the bike racing world can identify at least a handful of these types. you see, these are the athletes who have pre-qualifying excuses about why they won't do well in a given race (poor sleep, catching a cold, gained weight, etc) -- anything that they can cling to post-race to explain why they didn't succeed. but in having these pre-qualifiers, the athletes also didn't fail because they told you in advance that the pre-qualifier would affect their performance.

so, here are my pre-qualifiers for today:

  • I flew home yesterday without sufficient time to prep for the race last night, which meant that I had to unpack from my trip and pack for the race this morning.
  • I stepped on the scale this morning and weighed six pounds more than when I left 10 days earlier. tell me that doesn't affect a woman's mental game, even if it only is water retention!
  • I ate crap yesterday and this morning, including wheat, which I'm allergic to and which triggers my asthma.
  • I was chronically dehydrated in CO -- probably from too much coffee, the occassional beer and not enough water.
  • I kept re-setting my alarm this morning, finally getting out of bed 15 minutes after I'd planned to leave the house.
  • I got up so late that I grabbed a piece of banana bread at Starbuck's for breakfast instead of my usual oatmeal and strawberries.
  • I arrived at Ft. Ord so late that I only got 20 minutes to warm-up and pre-ride part of the course.
  • I forgot my tire pressure gauge and over-inflated my tires, causing me to slip & slide all over the course, especially in the sandy banks and turns.
  • my muscles all hurt from my non-cycling activities in CO. My core was blown, causing me to miss my line about 100 times during the race, riding off-course, into the grass, and basically just being sloppy. My hamstrings, abductors, and adductors were screaming at me when I walked, never mind when climbing on the bike.
  • the race was a bit intense, and I didn't GU at all (and only drank twice).
  • I snotted all over myself several times.
  • I kept trying to clear my throat, making a really loud, scary sound (which must've given my competitors a mental edge thinking I would die soon). When not clearing my throat, I was breathing like a horse.
but somehow, I put it all together and held off the competition. Ayshe and Jackie sat on my wheel for the entire race. I'd open up small gaps on the climbs and flats, but they'd catch me on the technical sections because I slowed so much due to my over-inflated tires and under-inflated core muscles. Ayshe passed me at one point in the first lap, but Jackie nudged me to close the gap and I passed her back and she was never able to pass me again.

with about a mile to go, I told myself that I wanted this more than the two of them, and there was no way I was going to lose another race in the final minutes. so I turned up the heat a bit and hammered to the finish.

as I approached the line, Rod announced me as the winner of the women's race. I started to cry. knowing that I was finally going to win my first race was an overwhelming feeling. the next second, I realized that my competitors could still nip me before the line, so I pushed it to the finish.

it wasn't a pretty race. but the gold medal is beautiful!

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