I spent the second half of the day yesterday teaching these well behaved kids some CX skills! We worked on cornering, dismounts, remounts (#janefondaremount), off cambers, barriers, the WORKS!
I love passing on the knowledge I’ve gained from racing, plus my body awareness/kinesiology background to help others learn and better their skills. I find so much satisfaction in being able to break down a poor movement/skill and help correct the kids, in order to improve.
Teaching skills and clinics aren’t as easy as one may think. It requires a lot of thought in starting from the basics and building to more challenging tasks, while keeping confidence and willingness to try, high.
My love for teaching these skills increases every year. If you’re looking to put together a clinic, please reach out!
Now it’s off to Utah for a little team camp/photo shoot. If you aren’t already, be sure to follow the team @pivotmaxxis
Hip surgery might slow me down, but it doesn’t stop me. Every year since 2011 (minus 2013) I’ve made my annual pilgrimage via bike to the top of Mt Washington. It never gets easier, it’s always grueling, and the last two years have been my two slowest years. It’s a hard bite to swallow to see myself not improve upon a climb I do every year, but then I remember that the 4.5 months prior to this venture I was learning to walk again. The last two years of going up this climb I’ve reminded myself how far I’ve come since surgery, and how far I’ll go, how much more work I can still put in, and how strong physically and mentally I truly am. Surgery isn’t an end, it’s the beginning of something new.
It’s not always about bikes🤷🏽♀️
Here’s a fun story:
My Grandpa grew up in Vancouver and spent his summers here in the Comox Valley. Eventually he became an American citizen and settled in Southern California. It was here in the Valley where him and my Grandma purchased a tiny cabin on the beach to spend summers at with their three kids. Three kids turned to seven. A tiny cabin expanded to a little bit larger cabin, which expanded to a property next door, which saw a duplex get built. I was named after the town Courtenay here in the Comox Valley, where our family has strong ties (they even named a street after my Great Grandpa)! I’ve been coming here every summer since I was a baby and it’s one of my most favorite places on earth.
Back in the land of steep roots, rocks, and drops. I’m pretty sure @pivot_cyclesusa designed their bikes for these BC trails. My Mach4 paired with a dropper, pretty much conquers all, and when I’m not crushing @bigairchris soul 😘 on my Mach4, you can find me at the beach🏝
These views. This bike. Summer.
I 💕 summer. Goodness it feels good to be pedaling on all the trails that taught me how to MTB.
It’s happening! This has been a project in the works for many months, and I’m super excited to announce joining up forces with @jameydriscoll to increase the exposure of the team from last year with @sofithevilla!
So without further ado I present to you the Pivot/Maxxis PB Stans/DNA Cycling team! Look for Jamey out at gravel and MTB races this summer, root for Sofia as she continues with her strong MTB season, and keep following me for more surgery recovery/training happenings!
While you’re at it, follow the team 👉🏼@pivotmaxxis so you can keep up to date with all the happenings!
We’re lookin forward to a crushing season!
While Summer is just kicking off here in the lovely PNW, and I’m finally feeling the groove on the mountain bike, I can’t help but be excited for the upcoming CX season!
I finally feel like my hips are coming around, allowing me to push harder gears, stand out of the saddle, and get some sweat rolling off my face, and it feels SO GOOD!
I’m working hard to get my strength and race fitness back, but I’m sure I’ll stumble upon it at some point.🤷🏽♀️
I’m super excited to share with you my CX plans, but you’ll have to wait a couple more days.🤫