Okay, let me describe to you the name of this post. I like to come up with weird and creative post titles, that way, you want to read my blog. It works right? Enough of that. Let me tell you what has been up in my department of things, you know, other than crashing and not being able to mountain bike! Good news is, I'm back on my mountain bike, thanks to...you guessed it!!! My trusty chiropractor. Seriously amazing, one day I'm in the pain, the next day it's gone.
I'm side tracked.
An update on my future, my cyclocross "career" <---I'm funny right? I have been (half heartedly) working on this coming season. I had my feelings, my dreams, and my confidence completely crushed back in June. No need to mention names, basically I was lied to, straight to my face, by someone in the industry, and what I learned is this, trust no one but yourself until you see the final product. It's easy to say "yes, I can do that", "yes, I want you", but the follow through apparently is the hardest part. It has been over a month, and I still think about this and it always makes me second guess my self and my abilities, thinking, perhaps I'm just not that good. So, without the help of someone who claimed they would "take care of me", I'm venturing forward with the help of my dear friend Dave who will take care of me! So far for the season I have some great companies stepping up on the plate to help me:
Mad Fiber is once again on board, this time I will have 2 pairs of wheels! I can't describe to you how excited I am to be able to ride the Mad Fiber wheels again. I can seriously feel a difference when I ride the wheels, they are first and foremost extremely light, which is huge in CX. Because they are light, they spin up really fast and allow for great acceleration out of the corners. AND on a nice bumpy course, they take the bump right out of it and I glide over the top of the bumps (that's actually probably because of my amazing ninja skills......jk, it's the wheels).
What good are wheels without tires? Donn Kellogg at Clement (also the Raleigh-Clement team director) has stepped up to the plate to equip me with some superior traction on my Mad Fiber wheels PLUS some to train with. Once I get on the tires I will have more to say, but for now I will say this: I hear from numerous sources that these tires rock, so I'm pretty stoked to be lucky enough to ride on some Clement tires for the season.
Clif. I have boasted about Clif for quite some time now, they take care of all my nutritional needs while riding. Have I mentioned to you all the product that Clif has? Many people don't realize this, but Clif offers much more than just a Clif Bar, did you know they own Luna as well? Luna makes some pretty tasty treats for women, but men can have them too! My favorite Clif products include their Mojo Bars and Shot Blocks. I'm currently obsessed with the Margarita and Strawberry flavored Shot Blocks.
Bike. This is not ready to be mentioned yet, but I will tell you soon enough.
The biggest problem and challenge these days is the financial part of racing. Any readers out there have any solutions for rinding financial sponsorship?!
ALSO, I decided I need a coach, so I set myself forth and am starting with some coaching. So far I have made it this far just doing my own thing. And when say doing my own thing, I literally mean riding my bike when I want to and fast or slow when I want to. I have never really followed any sort of training plan, so I decided it was time to get serious, so I'm putting my game face on and I'm doing this!
In the mean time, look what I did over the weekend! Newhalem to Washington Pass and back to Newhalem. 85 miles with 7500ish feet of climbing in the beautiful North Cascades. This is what I thrive on, beautiful riding in the sunshine. I'm so lucky.