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No Pain no Gain

Today at RBC came excited to race at the road race with other paracyclist, while focusing on my training and racing in triathlon I still enjoy racing in cycling events that prep me in this journey. Today not only did I raced but was part of something special as I completed mile 12th I have a very sharp pain in my lower back, always use to training in a time trial bike and racing in a upright bike will...

Flag bearing at Beijing Paralympics: life’s top honor

Hello everyone, I’m here to share this experience that is up there as one of the highlights of my life.  First, before the races started, we learned we wouldn’t be attending the Opening Ceremony (besides 4 people from our Federation) because of Covid concerns. We were all shattered, as we felt like that was one of our rights as athletes. But we moved on.  Then we all raced, had an immense amount of fun, adrenalin, nerves, anxiety, all that comes with competing...

Dispatch from Canada

Hello everyone, I’m sharing news from the training camp in Big White Ski Resort, BC, Canada. It was a dreamy stay. Even though I know the snow quality here gets better than what it was, for me was beyond amazing. I have not stayed these many days in the snow since I lived in CO in 2004. And my riding showed -I was getting better every day, noticeably improving my technique, much thanks to my Portuguese coach, Mancha. Eat,...

2 races – 2 podiums!!

Greetings brothers & sisters! I surprised myself here in Big White Ski Resort, Canada. These were the last comps before the Paralympic Games, called Welcome to Paradise Para Snowboard World Cup. The plan was coming here for more racing experience & training. From my category I was least likely to podium, the other competitors were more seasoned & experienced. Still, in SBX (Snowboard Cross) anything can happen! I found myself in the finals heat; 2 guys got tangled on the...

New Boards Alert:

Dear readers, PossAbilities did it again! They got me two custom made boards for my upcoming Paralympic campaign:)) Some of you probably know that new board feeling, same as new bike for instance. New board new dreams! The difference is that these are race boards, specially designed for me, each one for the specific discipline of Boardercross (SBX) and Banked Slalom (BSL). They are stiffer than your regular snowboard. They have a longer sidecut radius, the nose and tail are more square...

Balance

Training for my Paralympic Dream is a full time job and took up most of my time, energy, and thought. But, when working towards that goal, I had to also find balance with my family. My family is my number one support throughout my cycling journey. Not only has my wife shared in the tragedy of me getting my spinal cord injury, she also shares any and all of my/our accomplishments that I may attain from racing. Now, I...

The possabilities

Today training as schedule getting the work in no matter the struggles. Recently I started a new job that takes more time away from home and training but with good time management I been able to log in the work and make up for lost time. I gotta say my body is a little tired but nevertheless my mind is strong 💪 as I start the year focus on a good triathlon year other good things are coming for me...

Logistics of Paralympics

Hello everyone, It’s end of January here and I’m preparing for a long trip away from home, lots of logistics go into all of it… making sure the home front will be ok, the wife and kids. My mom will be here to help out for a couple weeks, bless her heart:) making sure all my boards are dialed in, all the snow equipment. Speaking of boards, I have 2 fresh ones that PossAbilities got me, that will be a...

QUALIFIED FOR WINTER PARALYMPICS!!!!!

Supporters of Team PossAbilities, it’s official: after my effort in Europe I am in the list for 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics! I’m beyond excited and this still feels surreal. After dreaming about it for about 10 years, it’s finally happening. PossAbilities is part of this dream also, they’ve been with me throughout all of this effort. They were the platform that allowed me to jump this far, so for all of you involved in some way, (you know who you...

2021 Comes to an End

Well it’s has been an amazing year full of ups and downs. COVID continued to affect the racing calendar. Many events internationally that I would have competed in to include National Championships and World Cups I did not attend. We did get a couple very important national level events in that enabled me to qualify for the Paralympics which did take place so the year of racing was not a complete loss just not what it could have been/I...