Journal

Mar
6

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

Mar
4

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

Mar
3

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

Mar
2

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

Feb
27

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

Feb
23

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

Feb
22

When the power goes out…

  When I try to explain where we live in the remote Utah canyon to others, I suspect they envision a little cabin in the woods.  Some sort of ‘off the grid’, no running water, solar power setting is perhaps pictured.  We do live in the back country but our house is far from off the grid.  It is a four-season home with all the comforts of a … more

Feb
15

Tuesday in Tucson

      The last time I remember being this miserable on a bike would be a few years back while marooned on the roadside north of the Arctic Circle during a bike tour.  Never would I have thought I’d experience the same degree of near hypothermia in the state of Arizona.   Today was to be a four hour endurance ride through the desert landscape. Two days … more

Feb
9

Thank you

It’s difficult to find the words to describe what I’m feeling inside after a day like today; a yesterday like yesterday. What I’m talking about is the whirlwind of events taking place for this year’s Let’s Talk Day campaign. The sequence of interviews and appearances that have allowed, once again, for the story I have to be shared. The story that so often seems so small. The story … more

Feb
5

Welcome to the new site!

Welcome to the new and improved www.clara-hughes.com!  This reno has been a long time coming.  I finally met the right person for the job.  Back in December at the Specialized-lululemon training camp in California.  There was this very friendly and cool-without-trying guy named Brad who stuck with me and Ina Teutenburg for all the epic, ridiculously long, unnecessary but oh-so-fun training rides.  Brad Sheehan, I came to learn, … more


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