CX Progress Report

We have less than a month to go before State Champs and guess what? I am burned out. Like, I could stop racing for the year and be totally OK with my decision. In a normal year, the arrival of cold weather makes me want to hibernate at the gym. This year, however, the residual … Continue reading

Highs and Lows

I’m a little behind on my blogging, probably because I’m no longer working and have no need to sit in front of a computer. Which is a good thing! I’m still trying to figure out my place in life without a job- the bird shelter is keeping me quite busy which is also a good thing. It’s definitely keeping … Continue reading

Take This Job and….

I’ve worked since I was 16. My first job was at the Coffee Beanery in Laurel Park Mall, whipping up those newly-popular cappuccinos and lattes in the mid-90’s. I was a fan of drip coffee myself, but after a while I was sick of my micro-managing boss and coming home smelling like coffee. So then … Continue reading

Trek CXC Cup

One of the nice things about living east of the Mississippi is access to some big CX races. Last weekend’s Trek CXC Cup was one of them- a 2-day UCI event right at Trek’s HQ. Pretty cool! BTW Trek’s HQ is in the middle of nowhere. We made a “half-weekend” out of Trek by staying … Continue reading

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