Best. Race. Ever.

I can’t believe I’m starting my third season with the Chicago Cross Cup. Mostly because I am in denial about the rapid passage of time, but also because I didn’t think we’d be living here this fall. When teams were re-upping we were in the midst of job offer dealings but it fell through in the … Continue reading

WORS #5- Minooka Park

This race didn’t cross my mind until some friends said they were camping up in WI that weekend and asked if we’d like to join. Sounds like a plan! We pre-rode the course on Saturday which I rarely do.  I have to say, for a small park the organizers sure maximized the terrain and trails- lots … Continue reading

The Big Three

I can’t even wrap my head around the fact that AKA is three. A little big kid now. Life has been moving at such a fast pace lately that I haven’t had much time to dwell on The Big Three until now. It’s a range of emotions for Mama- happy, sad, proud, excited, worried, and … Continue reading

Bike-Related Hodge Podge

First up- the WEMS Southern Kettles Classic recap. I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one except low motivation + 2 pm start + stomach pain = meh. I’ve only ridden the Emma Carlin trails once and apparently I’ve forgotten how rocky they are. You know how much I LOVE rock gardens! However, the trails were … Continue reading

WORS #2- CamRock race report

CamRock. It just sounds hard, doesn’t it? I don’t know why, but I’ve been scared of this course. Because rocks. I hate rocks! So I had a pretty stressful, no-sleep week/month and by Saturday I just didn’t want to race at all. More than anything I was dreading the long drive…I’ve spent too much time in Wisconsin … Continue reading

WEMS Alpine Valley

I had such a good experience at the last WEMS race (except for those lousy rocks) that I decided to give the Alpine Valley race a shot. It is relatively close (if you consider 2 hours close) and a few of my Skunkworks teammates were planning to race as well. I’ve never ridden up at AV … Continue reading

The Disney Download

I’ve been to Disney World more times than I can remember. I LOVE it. For the most part it’s a happy place (minus the crying kids and frustrated parents) and is definitely for the young at heart. Over the years I’ve brought friends along with me (remember all the soccer guys, Sarah??) and even a skeptical boyfriend … Continue reading

WEMS #2 Race Report

So I was feeling pretty deflated after my Barry-Roubaix DNF. Add to that 9 days off the bike (vacation, but Disney with a toddler so…) and I felt I had to do some sort of race to keep my motivation going. Enter the WEMS Greenbush Grinder!  North Kettles isn’t exactly a one-day trip so I talked the … Continue reading

Bike Season is Here!

I haven’t trained for a spring/summer race season in a very long time. 2010 maybe? Back then I had no idea how to properly train for a 24-hour solo, winged it and managed to win. Looking back I’d say that was more luck than skill though. I decided to keep my awesome coach on board after CX season…I wasn’t … Continue reading

AKA 2.75

AKA is technically a few months away from the BIG 3 but I feel like she’s already there. Compared to many kids her age she’s really tall, active and chatty…it seems like every time we go out another parent comments that AKA seems much older than 2.75. It’s all about being a “big kid” now- AKA … Continue reading