Ode to Ally

I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of new athletes this and last year.  Being off the blades and back on two wheels, the athletes are opposite to the extreme.  The sports and the environment they are practiced in could not be more different.  I find it somewhat ironic that the athletes on two wheels seem to have a little more edge than those on the blades. … more


What a difference a day can make…

Another adventure with the skidoo, ATV and finally, the sweet smooth ride of the SUV to the airport brought me out of my winter wonderland to the chaos of LAX.  Yes, it was a shock to the system to arrive at the bustling airport after the two hour flight to the south west of Salt Lake City.  I felt like Dorothy and I definitely was not in Kansas … more


When the soup is good, all is good…

I admit it, I LOVE soup.  Homemade soup, that is.  I am the self-proclaimed ‘Master of the Soups’.  Almost everyday (at home), I make soup for me and Peter.  Especially in the winter.  There’s nothing better than homemade warm soup on a cold day in the mountains.   There’s so many soups I like to make I thought I’d share some of them here.  Over the next weeks, … more


Into the abyss

Definitely never experienced a commute like last night.  After a long day in the saddle, finally riding outside again, I stayed down in the valley, passing a bit of time before seeing my trusted massage therapist Janelle.  By the time I made it back up to the skidoo it was already dark.  Five hours and over 150kms on the bike, solo, left me dirty and tired.  The ‘Action … more


Good hair day

Sometimes things are a little out of control in my schedule….like, say, for instance last Sunday when I raced the last day of the Merco Classic (115km), was dropped off at the SFO International airport about 2 1/2 hours later, then up to Vancouver a few hours after that and checking into the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.   But that’s not the end of it….a few hours after this, … more


Making the race

There was no doubt in my mind that being on the Specialized  lululemon Team would mean racing to win.  In the sport of cycling, racing to win can often mean racing to conserve and then do the bare minimum to win.  Not the case here in the back and white hypnotizing team of women.  In the first criterium of the year for the team in the USA, we … more


First race of the year!

  I have to admit some nervousness before the time trial yesterday.  Not because of being the first race of the year, and not because the race was a time trial: the nerves stemmed from the fact that two of my very strong teammates on Specialized lululemon were set to ride their road bikes for the event of truth against the clock.  My concern was that Ina or … more


Sometimes getting to the race is the hardest part….Twelve Step Plan to the Airport!

Okay, anyone who has visited this site knows by now we have a rather complicated life in the winter season.  Living and training high has its benefits but sometimes getting to the airport is harder than getting ready for a race.  Especially like this morning after two days of fresh pow falling from the sky.  To give you an idea, here are some shots from the morning commute: … more


Welcome to my office

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a full-time athlete?  Not so glamorous….especially when you’re snowed in like I am up in the back country in Utah doing altitude training.  Here’s an idea of what it’s like: my day at work today…   Downstairs where we have all the bike equipment.  Let’s call it my ‘office’.   Office and storage for all sorts of things, like my husbands … more


Check out my team!

  This racing season, I am on a new team, Specialized-lululemon.  Having the opportunity to race alongside the best women in the world is beyond motivating.  The thought of leading prolific winner and sprint sensation, not to mention my good friend, Ina Teutenberg, makes me get on the bike an build every ounce of strength I have to do the job well and help her win some more. … more

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