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September 2022

As we're approaching October and what does not feel like fall, still highs over 100, here in Phoenix I'm really excited to start getting longer rides in. As mentioned last month I am in the gym lifting weights and then gradually building back miles on the bike. One of my favorite things to do is just go ride for a couple hours and enjoy the sites, think, say hello to those I see on the trails, and more. I'll compare...

MOTIVATION

Today was a week that we had got evacuated from our home because of the fires that got out of control scary feeling for me to think I could lose my home however we can now look back and say we dodge one. We continue with our training with our goal in mind to motivate people around you and help them be the best image of themselves regardless of the challenges they face, being an ambassador to possabilties continues to help...

Reflections on the World Championships

The 2022 season has come to a close and I've returned from the 3rd World Cup and World Championships with a 4th and 7th place finish. Despite a fairly serious crash captured by the epic picture shown in this blog, I also came back a much more confident rider than when I left. My Time Trial performances were among the best of my career. I have learned at what point in the race I tend to drift in power output...

Post Season!!!

When I was typing this post out earlier today I realized how much I could say about what happens once post season arrives. First, it's a time to reflect on things I can improve on for next season. I can modify training specified around the terrain of next year's races, change/replace equipment, think about getting more sleep and less work, and dialing in the training/nutrition to promote better recovery and performance. It's all about progression. Second, designing my classes...

World Cup 1 Ostend Belgium

The world cups are back and this year will be my second year attending this event and I was hoping more experience would come with better results. The first world cup would be held in Ostende Belgium which was primarily a flat course and suits what I do best which is flat and fast time trials. Last year at this event I had my best race ever as far as a...

The importance of a good coach

Hi guys,  Today I’d like to share something that is often top of my mind: the difference that it makes having a good coach. It’s probably very good on every sport, and life.  With snowboarding, it’s a HUGE part of my improvement —a game changer. My coach, Mancha, is from Portugal and is also their National team’s coach. Honored to have had his company in many snow trips / races.  It means I have a one on one coach most of my rides,...

Grateful for new opportunity!!!

The season has ended with a national championship victory in the time trial and road race in Chattanooga, TN. I am happy with how I performed but wish I had more appropriate gearing with a 12% grade hill on slick pavement. After returning home I was already planning out next season. The new season is many months away but the next two seasons are what counts in selection towards Paris 2024. The current goals for 2023 are to get top...

The Beijing Winter Paralympic Games 2022

(Preface: My post in March simply vanished from the blog; I’m re-doing this since I haven’t shared my Beijing experience. ——————————————————“You only get one life, and I’m fortunate to still have mine.”We did it guys, I am officially a Paralympian:)))It was about 2 weeks of pure magic and fun moments lived in China. Of course, with the nerves & anxiety & expectations that come with racing as well —all expected. The training camp prior to the Games was crucial, and...

World Championships Bound!!!

This is my first post with Team PossAbilities and I couldn't be more excited. I'm relatively new to handcycling but not to international sport. The much younger version of myself has been to the Paralympics twice and earned two gold medals in wheelchair basketball. In 2017 I decided to see what was possible in handcycling. While I earned a few international medals I missed the Tokyo 2020 games by one spot. I am a firm believer that each individual...

2022 Redlands Classic

Finally after a 2 year hiatus because of covid the Redlands Classic race was a full go for 2022. Being that this is the only race that my family and friends can see me race in I was so happy to be racing in Redlands again. Also the handcycle portion of this race is made possible by Team PossAbilities so i always want a put on a good showing for my sponsor. For me...