Off Season Rides

Off Season Rides

I retired early from 2017 season…I got sick and things fell apart from there. I did head out to Bend to race but was not “in it” from a fitness level. I finished way down in the 2/3. I just could not lay down the watts and recover like before. So I am taking November “off” so to speak. I’m riding for fun or not at all really. When December comes, I

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Cross Crusades – Wooden Shoe

Cross Crusades – Wooden Shoe

Man this season has flown by but I feel like the Cross Crusades races are all blurring together. I am enjoying this first year of racing and learning so much.  The last Cross Crusades race I did for the series was the Wooden Shoe race.  It is called the Wooden Shoe because it was held out at the farm that hosts the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival every year outside of

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GPCM – Washougal MX (Race #6)

GPCM – Washougal MX (Race #6)

I podiumed in Category 3 Women!  I am still doing a little happy dance, but I made a killer goal for this season in that I podiumed in three different categories in cross racing this year!  For me as a first year racer who has only been riding for three years, and with the majority of my hours being in the last 18 months, I consider this a major achievement. 

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Stages Dash Thoughts

Stages Dash Thoughts

Introduction I was long overdue for a new cycling computer and so when I unwrapped the present that my wife got me for my birthday I was pretty excited to see a Stages Dash staring right back at me.  I had already read DC Rainmakers review of the device and felt like this was something, along with the online platform, which could help me take my training to the next

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How to Be an Elite Cyclist

How to Be an Elite Cyclist

Photo^^ by Tim der Waele TDWSport.com.  Follow on instagram @tdwsport for great cycling pics.   I’ve been sick lately and at many points while under the influence of “the sickness” I didn’t want to do anything but drown in my own misery.  However, there were other points where I was able to enjoy a few youtube videos. One of these videos was intriguing.  It attempted to answer the question, “What

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Cyclocross Series and Upgrade Point Woes

Cyclocross Series and Upgrade Point Woes

Series points in the GPCM series make it hard to win… Ok, I realize that point systems are not perfect and that these systems can’t really be fair for all but there has got to be a better solution here.  I think that allowing people to carry points when upgraded during a series is a good start and I don’t know why it is not being allowed. So whats wrong…

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Fall Riding in Helvetia

Fall Riding in Helvetia

Fall in Oregon is here!  I don’t really want summer to end, because I am not ready for the rain and I mean NOT…AT…ALL…However I will always be thrilled to see fall.  So if fall could stay around forever that would be amazing. With my husband working full time, I work three days a week, am with my kids the other two days (they are five and a half and

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Cyclocross Maintenance – What do you know?

Cyclocross Maintenance – What do you know?

Tips for Easy & Fast Cross Maintenance So now a month into racing cyclocross I encountered my first mud race.  Like torrential downpour mud race.  I slipped, I fell, I was a muddy mess, my bike was a disgusting muddy mess.  So when I finished my race I got in the line and hosed the old girl down to make sure she was mud free before I even went back

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Road race vs Cyclocross Race Power Comparison

Road race vs Cyclocross Race Power Comparison

Comparing Road to Cyclocross Race (a power perspective) Alright gents.  This year I got a power meter on my cyclocross bike so I could see what the races looked like.  After my first year of racing I had some questions like OMG why is Cyclocross so hard? How do I train for Cyclocross? How much power am I actually doing in a Cyclocross race? In this post I will try

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Blind Date at the Dairy

Blind Date at the Dairy

Yep, finally made it out to Blind Date.  It was a hot 88F in Portland in late September and rain loomed in the coming forecast.  I knew the chances of having another dry and beautiful night like this were slim so I got my butt out to Alpenrose for a crack at this course before facing it again during the first weekend of Cross Crusade. The only problem was that

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