|On the Leadville 100 MTB course heading out to Twin Lakes|
Let me back up a bit...like almost three years ago a bit. What happened after the PCT? Where did I go? What was I up to? Well, I found myself back in the Bay Area taking another traveling job, just because I didn't know what to do or where to go...I just wasn't struck by an answer. Life was so easy on the PCT all I had to do was follow this three foot wide trail north, but after the trail, there wasn't but one path to choose from. How was I to know what direction to go? I gave myself three months in the Bay Area and then I would leave after that assignment.
It was during that time back in the Bay Area, I reward myself a gift for hiking the PCT...my first mountain bike and shortly there after (maybe 3 weeks?) I entered my first mountain bike race at the CCCX Series in Monterey. I knew how to ride a bike from my triathlon history, mountain biking couldn't be any harder right?
|My New Bike-A gift to myself for hiking the PCT|
|My first Cross Country Mountain Bike Race, Febuary 8th, 2015, CCCX Series, Cat 3|
|That was a muddy race!!!|
I quickly learned that mountain biking wasn't that easy...it required skill and time. But I was hooked. I continued to race Cat 3, I continued to race the CCCX races, Sea Otter, Tahoe 50k, and some other local races.
|My Biggest win of the 2015 season: 1st Place 30-39 women, 6th overall Tahoe 50k|
As I was busy diving into the world of mountain biking my three month assignment was coming to an end...I still had no answer to what I was going to do or where I would go next. Then one day I noticed Stanford was building a cancer center in the South Bay. I went online and discovered a job posting that was exactly what I was looking for. I applied for that one job, no others, and things kept falling into place. I accepted a permanent position in June 2015, my first permenant job in almost three years. I was scared...this meant I had to stay in one spot longer then 6 months, I had to sign a year lease, I had been living this carefree life of not being tied down to one place for longer than 6 months and I was giving it that up, but the opportunity was a great move for my career and I couldn't turn it down. So I have now permanently put down roots in the Bay Area.
Fast forward to 2016 and I continued to fall in love with the sport of mountain biking and racing. I moved up to Cat 2 and continued to develop my skills as a rider and saw continuous improvement.
|CCCX Race, March 27th, 2016 Toro Park|
|Austin Rattler 100k, April 9th, 2016|
|Carson City Off Road 50miler, June 19th, 2016|
As the 2016 season ended. I was left feeling a little unsatisfied. I was improving on the bike but my race results weren't where I wanted them all the time I felt like I was all over the board. I knew if I wanted to continue to progress I needed to hire a coach.
In November of 2016 I started working with my first coach, Steve Heaton at H3Coaching. Steve got me to a level and prepared me for the 2017 season that I never imagined I could have. With his encouragement I moved up yet again and was going to race Cat 1 for the 2017 season. I went from riding 3-4 times a week to 5 times a week. I also got accepted to race for a team for the 2017 season: Team Cycle Sport-Specialized p/b Muscle Milk. Between working with a coach and racing for Team Cycle Sport my racing and riding was taking on a whole new level, I was stoked and loving every bit of it.
In January I found out I got into Leadville MTB race via the general lottery I was shocked. I never thought that would happen. My goal was to qualify for Leadville either at the Austin Rattler or Tahoe 100k, and probably defer to race in 2018. But I got in for 2017 in January and this was enough time to prepare. I was trembling and crying when I found out...this meant this was the year I got to go back to Leadville and finish what I couldn't do in 2012 in the run (I didn't make the cut-off at the 50 miler mark for the run). This was not only a bucket race for me...but I truly had unfinished business at Leadville and I was not going to go back unless I was entirely sure I was capable of finsihing well above cutoff times.
|CCCX Race, March 4th, 2017 Cat 1|
|Sporting my new Team Kit|
|After completing the Wente 8hr solo race, June 3rd, 2017|
|Top of the Columbine Climb, 12,600ft above sea level|
|Beautiful scenery everywhere|
|Bottom of Powerline|
|Mineral Belt Trail|