Spring and the Latest

I returned from Belgium to find my houseplants neglected, dried up, and nearly dead. My friend Hayley reassured me that they were worth keeping and nurturing back to health. Slowly but surely, they’ve reemerged: green, pushing upwards, and delighting me in every way possible. This is the best summary I can provide for the experience of completely emptying myself in Belgium at the hardest races I’ve ever seen, then returning to normal life in New England, and finally training back to racing fitness.

There are extreme highs and extreme lows in this life. My fiance’s grandmother became sick and passed away early this Spring. This took an enormous emotional toll on us, a grief previously unimaginable to me. We’ve somehow emerged and look forward to feeling whole, warm, and fast on the bike once again. 

It’s my primary goal to thrive and challenge myself this Spring and Summer on the bike. Next I get to experience two weekends of racing in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Pro Am Classic and Tulsa Tough. I’m guest riding for The Meteor / Intelligenstia team at six high level criterium events. Keep up with the racing on twitter #USACrits or on their live streaming platform https://usacrits.tv/ .

memories

I’ve returned to the Pioneer Valley. I’ve settled back into my office job. I’m in the midst of my off-season so I’m unusually restless and listless. I’m missing the physiological and psychological benefits of being active and training every day.

The racing in Europe was harder than I could have ever imagined. The experience was invaluable. It’ll carry me through this next phase of my life as I push to achieve more as an athlete & human.

Tim made a small cycling accessory to commemorate the experience. You can buy one here.

 

Hallo from Belgium

I’m writing to you from Oudenaarde, Belgium, where I’m spending the next few weeks racing.

My first race was Soudal Waaslandcross Sint-Niklaas. Tim put together a fun edit to capture the experience.

Officially on the results, I finished last. We think that they may have missed my number, but in any case, I was not towards the front at all. Nearly every aspect of the race was quite different from what I’ve experienced racing in the USA. I’m excited to get some more experience here over the coming days.

 

home

I had a low-impact weekend at home while the men drove far away to Ontario, Canada for a C2 race.  It was a successful weekend for them, podiums for teammates!

I toyed with the idea of going on this trip, but ultimately decided to stay home and recharge for the second half of my season. I got to sleep, luxuriate/take baths, and work on a few fun projects.

I started a sweater (do you knit? find me on Ravelry because I don’t have any friends on that platform).

Tim installed some shelves and merchandised a few trinkets. I’m really impressed and pleased with the outcome.

I also rode bikes with women! Julie, Ellen, Clio, Rhys and I all had the weekend off of racing, so we took advantage of the good weather to put in some miles together.

On Friday morning, I’ll leave for my next race in suburban New Jersey : HPCX!