Michelle Takes the Kinetic Half Iron Triathlon

From Washington, D.C. the Kinetic Half Iron distance triathlon is a local early event which is a great way to kickoff the race season.  Hosted the Saturday before Mother's Day we have made it a fun family weekend on the lake in the past.  This year was a girls weekend away with fellow triathlete and cycling friends. 

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What do you do when disaster strikes?

Going into the final stage of Joe Martin Stage race I had every reason to have a positive outlook.  I was wearing the leader's jersey and my teammate Jessica was sitting in second.  Based on our times we had a clear and easy to manage plan to win the GC.  One hour before race time the unthinkable happened. 

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From Violin to Velo

I like to think there's a parallel between playing an instrument and riding a bike. You have to practice, listen to your teacher, do the scales, warm-up, focus. Each route is like a piece of music with its challenges, hills and descents, turns and curves. I started playing the violin at 4 but I came to cycling later on and did my first race at 50. I had never thought of myself as anything athletic or competitive. I was more of a nerd, not interested in sports except fo swimming and tennis. My first bicycle event was the MS 150. I rode 168 miles in 2 days on a 30 year old bike with top tube shifters. After a few years of charity rides, a new bike, I wanted to go faster. I love speed. So I asked a very fast cyclist I could never keep up with on the weekend rides and she said just get a coach. What a novel idea! So for 6 years now I have been learning, practicing my instrument and I can play faster. My first race was in Bagdad, AZ and it was also my first podium. From then on I did every race I could find. The more I raced, the more I wanted to race. I joined  the only women's team in AZ, AZ Women Racing and I am actively participating in promoting and growing women cycling especially Masters. It is no secret that high intensity exercise can fend off neuro-degenerative diseases. I work in retirement planning, I come across people of every generation and I believe your health is your biggest asset. Racing and working with a coach keeps me focused, disciplined, goal and result oriented with the added benefit of a stronger body and mind. I love to spread the word and rally the troops and I encourage everyone to get involved and together we can grow cycling for all ages.

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JFK 50 Ultramarathon

I loved bouncing through the trees and rocks, finding the most appropriate foot space in a split second, it kept my mind on the ball...it was a challenge I loved and my mind was quickly wondering to whether there were any half marathon races on this terrain....  well that all came to a crashing end when I found myself moving in slow motion face first towards a pile of rocks. 

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An American in the Pyrenees

Like must people, I began riding my bike when I was a child, and for a few years it was my preferred form of transportation.  It was the way I moved around, ran errands and got lost exploring.  Then, I grew up, got a car and my interest in cycling vanished.

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