I just arrived back from California last week, after a unique winter. Since last July at mountain bike Nationals I had suffered a bad concussion that lasted me almost eight months. Probably the toughest eight months I've been through, I can't even begin to explain! Even though I missed out on 3/4 of a year of training and starting this season quite behind, I have learnt a great deal, and I got to enjoy winter and snow for the first time in many years.
I was lucky enough to head down to start riding slow mid-March. No spring races for me, but I was lucky to be riding in the sunshine and cheer on fellow Canadians at the US Cups.
I got to see a few new places this year; Lake Arrowhead, Palm Springs, Santa Rosa, and meet up and train with all my new Teammates on Trek Red Truck Racing.
Big Bear Mountain
We had a few cold days up at Lake Arrowhead (6000ft) so opted to make S'mores
And gooood food! Our nacho game is on point!
A stellar weekend of riding with a bunch of Canadians
We of course played tourist
A few days in Palm Springs with TRT
Thanks to the Guloein family for hosting us girls!
Sea Otter Classic- Monterey- 17 mile drive
We endured a week long camp together in Santa Rosa with stunning weather, incredible road routes and lots of wine from the local vineyards.
Top of Kings Ridge Climb
We did some big 6 hour days; coke and candy stops were ideal
Now I am back settled in Ontario! I raced the first OCup race in Woodnewton this past weekend. Fairly good feeling legs, one big 'eat the dirt' fall where I slid back a bunch, but genuinely I had fun racing and catching up with friends I hadn't seen since last season.
May-Long will mark the start of the Canada Cup season at Mont-Tremblant and then preparing for following Canada Cups in Barrie, ON.
See my Instagram for more photos of the last few months as well
and my little face head-shot http://www.trekredtruckracing.com/mountain/, bio to come.