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Europe Training Camps + Racing

Greetings from Landgraaf, in the Netherlands! -yes, I was just here for a training camp in September; and now we had 2 back to back Banked Slalom races, a World Cup! My goals were: not get disqualified (like I had in Dubai on my very 1st race with zero experience and the wrong prosthetic leg) and not get last place (so I would get points). Mission accomplished on both goals! Another Brazilian athlete & I were here with a great coach from...

No the Start I Wanted

Hello Everyone. I wanted to give a quick update on how things are going in Kansas. I have 2 days left in my first training block since returning from the games. It has been successful. My coach and I are happy with how it has gone. Then I got news that all athletes hate to get. I have to have surgery on my knee. I had a suspicion something was wrong and was praying I would not need surgery...

2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games

People are often asking me about what my biggest takeaway was from my experience in Tokyo. I honestly have to say it was all of it. Even though this was a different Paralympics then any other Paralympics because of the worldly conditions, I made it a point to go there and enjoy every aspect of the experience. My family has sacrificed so much for me to be there over the last 5 years that if I don’t enjoy everything,...

Another day in the office

The journey continues today i had 5 days straight with no rest of training my body aches and I'm hurting on my Stump for some reason I been having phantom pain, and even though I been trying to ignore it it woke me up from my sleep. This month was so busy because not only have I been training hard but my normal life has been has been hectic with not only have I been working more but I...

Snowboarding Training Camp: Success!

Hello all, Two weeks back from the Netherlands and I’m still buzzing about it. I had such a good time and learned valuable lessons and tricks from my coach. Came back in top shape —wish there was a race right after! It was at times challenging, like I thought “why am I doin this? Do I even belong in this sport racing with those guys at that level?” But the more I train the more the confidence grew, and that’s exactly the...

Bronze Medal Baby!!!

We won a Bronze Medal! I am so thrilled and excited to announce that we came home with some hardware! Going into the Games, we were viewed as the underdogs. A young team rostered with a bunch of nobodies that will be lucky to get the opportunity to play in the 7th/8th place game. It is safe to say we surprised a lot of people! Not only did we beat Germany in the Bronze medal game, we also got...

Training Update

Training has been going very well and I’m excited for Las Vegas to cool off a bit as fall begins.  Making sure you keep yourself warm, especially in parts of your body you can’t feel, is very important.  You don’t want to have issues with frostbite or hypothermia because it can set you back in both racing and in life.  As the year winds down, I have my eyes on what the next year has in store for me...

Bike Maintenance Time

Handcycles and cycling equipment can be expensive.  I was fortunate to be the recipient of a handcycle from Team PossAbilities and it took my cycling to the next level.  Without the generosity and support of Team PossAbilities, I would not have been able to purchase the bike myself.   After a few seasons of racing and thousands of road miles on my Carbonbike, it was due for some major work.  New chain, new chainrings, new derailleur, new chain guard, more...

Offseason doesnt mean stop training!

The 2021 season has finally wrapped up and although I did not make the paralympic team I made a ton of progress this year. To look back at where I was just 2 years ago im amazed with how far I've come in my fitness. One thing I've learned is consistency and dedication is what it takes to reach the highest levels of handcycling. 2021 was my best year on the bike in my 12 years of riding. Some...