This is why I have a team.
Last Saturday I crashed really hard on my mountain bike on my most recent hip surgery side. I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t pedal a bike. I cried, it hurt a lot. I didn’t know if I messed my hip up. I ended up with a pretty big hematoma on my lateral quad. I did everything I knew to help my quad, but walking was still a struggle when I was in Reno. I sat the race out so I could rest some more. The hematoma got better but walking has still been painful. I went into the World Cup today knowing it wasn’t going to be pretty, but it was so much worse than I thought. My left leg had no power, no strength and I struggled hard.
I worked really hard this summer to rehab my hip and get my fitness back to race pace. I felt like I was on a really good track, until the crash.
I’m frustrated at myself, I’m deeply saddened, but when I look at this photo I know I have the best team behind me to support my endeavors.
I don’t cry often, I hold a pretty strong exterior shell, but these people right here warm my heart. 💕
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🌟Locked, loaded, and ready as I can be for tomorrow’s World Cup #1.
My leg still hurts, it’s still swollen, and tomorrow will probably hurt, but 🤷🏽♀️ I’ll give it everything I have!
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5️⃣ My final reflection on last season concludes in Worlds. It was beyond my wildest dreams to come back from hip surgery, win UCI races, finish 4th at Nationals and then get selected to the World Championship team. Simply being at worlds was amazing, and while my result came up short of my expectations, I can’t complain about my dream season.
So, as I sit here on the night of my first planned UCI race, I’m sad to say I won’t be starting. Unfortunately I took a pretty solid crash on my MTB on Saturday and my hematoma is not healing as quick as I would like. With the upcoming World Cups, I would like to focus fully on those and make sure my leg gets better by this Sunday. So do me a favor and if you were planning to cheer for me, cheer on my @pivotmaxxis Teammates, @sofithevilla And @jameydriscoll
As we get closer and closer to the kick off of my season, I’m slowly nearing the end of my previous season highlights. BUT, we can’t forget
No one knows this but me, August 2017 I wasn’t planning on racing Nationals. After finding out the news I needed surgery on my left hip I was pretty devastated and frustrated. I had spent the previous 6 months preparing for the 2017 season with my rehab. I wasn’t entirely ready to jump into another surgery after mentally planning and physically preparing for a cx season. So I decided surgery in December made the most sense, since my surgeon repeatedly told me to have no expectations and how my hip wouldn’t feel good and my season wouldn’t be a good one. My reasoning was, if I knew I needed a second surgery, and my season was sucking, why would I wait an additional 3 weeks just for ONE race, plus I had met my out of pocket so surgery would have been free. Well....we all know how that turned out! After the Trek CXC World Cup, I knew I wasn’t having surgery in December!!!
I was so nervous on this day in January, I thought I was going to throw up before the race, but once it was go time, my body and mind did it’s thing. This was the most focused and calm I think I have ever raced, I’ll try to tap into more of that this season!
Next up in my previous season highlights is
3️⃣ Pan Ams!
I knew I was coming into the season a bit slower than most, as by June 1st I was only riding my bike for 1 hour at a time. It took a long time to build my endurance back up, and a bit longer to get that speed and fitness up there as well, that by the time the season started I didn’t have a ton of intensity in my legs. I knew it was going to take time to build, and by the time we reached Pan Ams, I felt like the pieces came together. The course, a mix of technical hilly terrain, really suited me, and I raced really smart. I knew I needed to pace myself with the long climbs as to not blow up, and that’s just what I did, notching myself a 4th place finish.
As I prep for my first local “practice” race today I’m looking back at another favorite moment from last year:
2️⃣ a combo weekend from Sacramento and Boulder. I couldn’t decide between the two, but then I realized the reason Boulder went so well, was because of Sacramento. It was in Sacramento where I felt like the pieces of everything from the previous 8 months of recovery came together. It was when I truly felt powerful with right hip 2.0. I carried my new found confidence straight into Boulder with the goal of a win. Boulder day 2 tops the list of a favorite moment for so many reasons.
•I didn’t play my cards correctly day 1, so come day 2 I changed my plan and raced so much smarter, and came out with a win 🥇
•My surgeon told me my season wouldn’t be good. I proved him wrong, time after time, after time.
•I walked away from this race weekend with so much physical confidence in right hip 2.0, I stopped looking at it as a limiter, and found it to be my strength.
As the cyclocross season has kicked off across the country, I can’t help but be a bit nostalgic about my season last year after hip surgery #1. It was my season to prove to myself that hard work will pay off, and a little patience can take you far. Being that I’m going into the season after having my other hip operated on, I wanted to take the next 14 days prior to the kick off of my UCI season to choose some of my favorite moments from the 2017 season.
1️⃣ The first UCI race back Post Op. This one (as I’m sure Reno will as well) will always hold a special place in my heart. I was so nervous prior to this race, I was practically in tears. When we line up for these races it’s always the question of “where will I stack up compared to the rest”. You can’t help but wonder if you prepared yourself well enough. I was full of anxiety, doubts, and wonder. Where was my fitness? Would my hips survive? Will it hurt? I crossed the line in 10th, and set the precedent for the rest of my season.
Today was “take your CX bike MTBing day”. My Vault and I had fun, my @stansnotubes Grail MK3 handled the rooty, rocky, loose XC trails of Galbraith no problem, and the @maxxisbike Speed Terranes might be my new favorite tire. No flats, no burping, no mechanicals. It was a good day.
Massive thanks goes out to the @wmbcmtb for all their hard work with trail building, maintenance, and negotiating for long term trail usage. I say it daily, I’m lucky to call such a rad place home.