Monday, March 03, 2008

New Year, New Bike, New Look

Howdy! I'm moving my blog over to a new site...not deleting this site, but all my new posts will be at is a site that clumps together a lot of the pros blogs. Thanks to Curtis Zimmerman for designing my site! :)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Beer's last stand...

My cousin, quasi-sister, and best friend (all the same person!) Sierra came to visit with her soon to be hubbie, Scott this past weekend. It was an amazingly fabulous time which is always had with Sierra. I will be posting stories and pics in the next couple of days. There are A LOT! :)

My Cannondale is on its way too- the Scalpel Team mountain bike. I can hardly wait!!!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Dirt and tan lines

After a fabulous week of riding in Boulder, I decided to hit the road to Albuquerque for the weekend. I have some photos, but of course, I forgot my cable to transfer the pictures so you will have to check back on Monday or Tuesday for illustrations. The weather all this week was so perfect for riding and a great way to finish up my training block. The dirt roads progressed from snowy, windy and cold to a true mud-fest minus the 0 degree wind chill. I think it's fun to get all muddy, so no complaining from me.

Slushy roads in town. No fun....

Views from my typical ride. That town at the base of the mountains is Boulder.

Dirt roads in the mountains are snow packed, but not slushy!

Continental Divide. There is usually a cloud around there in the winter and boy, the wind and snow that blow off that mountain is FREEZING and the bane of my existence.

I highly appreciated the break in the weather. The vast majority of my rides have been really long climbs for the winter. I decided that riding flat roads for hours on end is probably not going to be that useful to me since none of the races I do are flat. Plus, I hate riding the flats. It's so dull. Call me a a glutton for punishment, but going uphill (my friend Liz would laugh at me and say mountains are not "hills") is my favorite thing to do. I can't tell you how many times this winter I have frozen my limbs off. Climbing up to 8 or 9000 ft in the winter is beautiful and lots of fun, but there is a price to pay- the descent. It's already somewhere between 15 and 35 on a typical day. Couple that with zero degree wind blowing in your face as you descend on a bike at about 20 to 30 mph with wet hair (from sweating on the way up). If you dress too warm, you are guaranteed to be soaking wet with sweat on the downhill. Don't dress warm enough, and you'll still freeze on the downhill. There really is limited space in your pockets to bring extra warm you're stuck. The Catch 22 of frostbite. That would be my biggest complaint about winter riding. In fact, I have gotten home and taken out my braid where literally thin sheets of ice fell out. Sometimes I worry that I am actually going to get "frostbike" and am erratically pulling off the road, ripping off my gloves and trying to put my hands on my back to warm up...or if my feet get cold, it's bad because there's nothing I can do. I just finished reading a book on pain medicine, and one story was how putting your hands in ice water is a great way to determine someone's pain tolerance. I would say the way my hands get coming down is analogous to putting them in a bucket of ice water...nevermind the ice baths I take during race season. :) Next to being freezing, the hunger strikes you like a bunch to the stomach. Your body is rapidly burning calories trying to stay warm. So this is how it happens when I get roommates can attest and probably secretly make fun of that crazy Looney they live with. My bike is left sitting outside as I am trying to open the door with numb hands. I may utter a curse word or two, but no worry, you can't discern what I'm saying because my face and lips are frozen. Usually the first thing I do is come in from my ride, make a recovery drink, and jump in the shower. In winter, I go straight to the kitchen, make food, and sit in a hunched over with red cheeks and gnarled, frozen hair trying to chew my food. My eyes are slightly glazed over until the nutrients bring me back to life. By then, still in my wet chami, My teeth are chattering from sitting around in wet clothes and I retire to take a long shower.

Now you can see my appreciation for when we get a 66 degree day in Boulder like last Wed. I was grossly overdressed, and ended up removing arm warmers and leg warmers. I could feel the sun warming my skin and cheeks in contrast to the frozen catatonic state I'm usually in. The descent is pleasant and I don't even need a jacket. I am not screaming from pain at the cold. I laugh gleefully like a child at my good fortune and good time. When I get home, I take off my jersey to reveal a slight golden brown hue from the sun instead of red, raw, goosebumped skin.

After a ride in ABQ.

Thursday it snowed 4 inches, but I was glad to take a rest day. I was off to ABQ that night anyway and was looking forward to nice weather. Then I checked the forecast. 100% chance of snow on Friday. I was majorly bummed. Friday rolled around. not a cloud or snowflake in sight. I actually got to go real MOUNTAIN BIKING and was reminded of how much I love that sport. I was also riding in shorts in a jersey. We'll see how long my luck holds out! :) It snowed here this morning, but it's all melted off and the sun is shining.

March is rapidly approaching meaning springtime and breaking the ground of a new racing season. I can't wait to see what the future holds!

I also finally got some guts and cut about 12 inches off my hair. I have never had short hair before and when I found out you could donate it for Locks of Love, I wanted to be able to face my fear and do it. Nevermind that it took me about 6 months to muster up the courage, but at least some kids with cancer with have a little bit nicer of a wig!

The look

The damage

and the fun you can have with a cut off pony tail. Jeff came up to visit and we took many pictures mutilating the poor hair. Quite entertaining.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Ok, so yes, my adrenal glands are hyperactive from the latte I'm downing before heading outside to freeze my butt off on my ride...but they are pumping extra because I know I have TWO sweet Cannondales coming in the next month. --> a mountain bike and a road bike. I haven't had a road bike in a year and a half, so it'll be fun to rage even faster on the roads (compared to my Scott HT mtb I've been riding all winter...!)

I got the Team Scalpel which is shown at the bottom of my blog and the SuperSix 3 for my road bike. Click here to check out Cannondale's line up and get one for youself! :) It's always exciting to get a new love of your life, and now I'm getting two new ones in addition to my other new love of my life- my roommate's juicer. Fresh OJ and carrot juice, amen. Yes, I'm in love with inanimate objects... such is the life of a bike racer.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Aw politics....

Well, I guess democrat is where it's at for me. Crazy liberals. ;)

78% Bill Richardson
74% John Edwards
73% Barack Obama
73% Mike Gravel
72% Hillary Clinton
71% Chris Dodd
71% Dennis Kucinich
69% Joe Biden
48% Rudy Giuliani
45% John McCain
40% Mike Huckabee
36% Mitt Romney
31% Ron Paul
29% Tom Tancredo
29% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Funny that I got Bill R as my number 1 since he is the governor of my homeland, New Mexico.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


In case you are wondering what the stance on the pres. candidates are for the election (and you probably should care), check out this site:


Sorry folks, gotta spread my environmentalist propaganda every so often. Global warming and humans mindlessly destroying the environment is actually happening. If you haven't noticed, it's been in the news and around a lot more with information as to how you can be more green. Here is a post from my other blog from October in case you're interested in simple and easy ways to go green. Make your life more green

Another quick note. Ok yes, I work 25-30 hours a week, which some people laugh at because they work double. It's very busy to train like a full time professional (especially in the winter when you have to put on big miles) athlete and to work part-time. I'm enjoying a lazy Saturday morning- sleeping in, catching up on my other peoples' blogs, reading a magazine, drinking chai. It's good to slow down and relax sometimes. I'm excited to go ride in a little bit too! ;) So this is what it'd feel like if I actually got paid to ride (minus the very large pressure of winning)! However, at this time last year, I was [trying] to train like a full time pro, going to school, had a boyfriend/relationship being upheld, and working two jobs! Amazing how we can always somehow manage time. I was able to do it, but my riding suffered from the high stress level. Turns out cortisol isn't so great when it comes to recovery. We'll see how it goes this spring with much lower stress levels and more time to actually recover!!

This actually came out of a fortune cookie...

I went to a Korean restaurant in ABQ and in my fortune cookie, it said,

"Here we go. 'Moo Shu Cereal' for breakfast with duck sauce." bed(b/c you had to add that to your fortune if you don't already know). WTF??