I’m a handful. I know it. I can’t help it. I LOVE living, feeling alive. And I love people. So, I’m throwing a party…a HUGE party. The guest list is enormous, endless…really! You’re all invited! But consider yourself warned, this is not for the weak nor the weak at heart. I’m about to show it all…I’m a bit anxious, exhilarated, fired up and not holding anything back. Here’s what’s up:
After seven seasons of a very colorful and incredibly satisfying professional career, I find myself missing one thing: a medal. Sure, I love fashion and handbags and jewelry but this medal is different. The medal I’m seeking is from USA Cycling…I don’t have one. I want one. There, I said it. It’s out there now for all to know. But at forty-one years old, can I pull it off? I certainly know what it takes, dedication is my lifestyle; passion is woven into my fiber. But this is the first time I’ve been forty-one years old. I FEEL strong and I FEEL young…but the body is tweaked here and there. I have a plan…
Through extensive research, I’ve found a secret weapon: Curtis Cramblett (www.revolutionsinfitness.com). Curtis comes with raving reviews from the very tip top of our sport (and I did check, Curtis!). My tweak is a yet-to-be-named hip twist thing. Maybe from a crash, maybe I was born this way. In short I cannot get on top of my left pedal, I feel crooked on the bike and I can’t access power that I just KNOW is there. Curtis is “THE GUY to fix me.” And that’s a real quote for a big-time pro…and so is “he is A-MAZING!”
I’m fired up. Lots of hard work lies ahead of Curtis and me, but we are fully committed to getting me straight, finding all my power and going head-on, fearlesslessly, pursuing a medal in the US Elite National TT. This might be my last shot; retirement is in my near future. We’re going for it together, so I don’t feel alone: Curtis, me, the wonderful people I am lucky to be surrounded by in my life and all of you.
Everybody has something, an injury, an nagging ache and pain, but nobody ever talks about. No secrets here. I’m sharing the entire experience with you through this blog and in conjunction with my fabulous friends Lyne Lamoureux and Stephanie Gutowski at Podium Insight (www.podiuminsight.com). You get it all: the secret (and often taboo), behind the scenes look at dealing with my tweak and everything Curtis and I do from analysis to rehab to equipment adjustments to strength training and on the bike training. Plus, I will share with you my power tools…no, I’m not talking SRM files. I’m talking about my real edge: the psychology of me, my approach, my frame of mind! I hope you become inspired, motivated and fearless, just like me! I believe in me; and I want you to believe in yourself! If you’re not quite there yet, that’s ok. Just stay with me… this will be my gift to you.