Quick check in from Thousand Oaks where the race team, master’s riders, and our awesome sponsors finally came together to properly kick off the 2018 season in the sunshine.
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This winter my training has been a little bit different, given that I am in full time university. I swapped warm weather base miles for trainer rides and Nordic skis. While I am so happy to be in school, I wasn’t really sure how my legs and riding were going to be at the beginning of the season.
Since a recent move to Squamish, BC for post-secondary education my road riding has become a little bit limited in comparison to places like Vancouver. While spending long hours on the trainer is definitely something that has happened this winter, it is usually not my first choice for how to get my training in. Nordic Skiing has taken a really welcome introduction into my training plan.
This past weekend Brian Green, and Johnny Halliday were able to get out for a great fall ride. Living in Squamish now, my options for road riding are pretty limited. It was really nice to be down in the city with some good company riding some new roads.
Canadian Road Nationals were off to a brisk start for Holly, Gabby, and myself. The Elite women raced an aggressive 120km in the classic heat and humidity of Ottawa. The course was combination of highway riding with a crit portion around the start finish.
The past weekend the team was fortunate enough to be able to head down to Tour De Bloom in Wenatchee, Washington. In my personal opinion this is one of the best amateur races hosted in the Pacific North West. Equal payouts bring in a large and competitive women's field.
The weekend of racing in Enumclaw was filled with rain and freezing temperatures, a stark juxtaposition to the warm Californian roads I had grown so fond of.
The season had been off to a good start down in California for me. With this being my first year as a U23 and first year racing with TRT I wanted to make sure I set my season up as best as possible.