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Proud moments

Hi friends, I’m here training in the Netherlands at this state of the art compound with an indoor ski facility where they built a beautiful banked slalom course. It’s pretty awesome, you’re wearing shorts one minute, next you suit up and get inside this “freezer box.”  Super grateful to be here, it’s my 3rd time, and I was thinking I’ve come a long way in snowboarding. I never needed to prove anything to anyone, but since I had my accident, I’ve been...

2023 World Championships

The 2023 paracycling world championships was held in Glasgow Scotland and I was excited to be able to compete in my second world championships wearing my countries colors. My first time competing for Team USA was 2021 in Portugal. Unlike my first time in Portugal I am was in much better shape and a different classification. Upon arriving in Scotland I noticed the weather was actually better than I imagined it...

October is almost gone.

It's the day before Halloween here in AZ where it is in the 80's still for day high's and the 50's for low's. The weather is perfect! It is time to get back outside on the racing bike. I have been strength training and riding my ebike outside since the last week of August. I'll ride an hour to hour and a half with occasional intervals. Getting out on my ebike is nice and a change. Teaching has been keeping...

Making the Best

Howdy folks! Like I mentioned previously, I’m getting ready for my upcoming season.  Hopes are high, the body has been constantly sore, I’m getting in the zone where I’ll be feeling ready.  For sure, with social media these days, you’re always comparing yourself to other athletes. “Oh, these guys are on a training camp doing this & that.” “Oh, that guy already had 50 days of snow training on his belt,” and so forth… Myself? -this is what I have, I train and do...

Already back at it!

Hi, last month I reported on my performance at the world championships in Scotland. Hard to believe 1.5 months has gone by. I took a couple weeks off the bike but then got on my ebike and started to train again. I was back in the gym immediately. I absolutely love strength training! My riding has been 30 minutes to 1.5 hours and mixed intensities. It is still an active-rest time for the next couple weeks. I am also most...

Getting Amped Up

Hi friends, Less than a month separates me from my 1st race of the season, an indoor World Cup Banked Slalom in Landgraaf, Netherlands.  I’m so pumped! Excited and beyond grateful for these opportunities. I’ve been training harder, enjoying seeing the amount of hours I rack up weekly on my Garmin watch! This one in specific I am looking forward to train / race at the location. Much like Finland, I haven’t done very well there in the past.  But I have high hopes I’ll...

Best season thus far!!!

An end to the most successful season I have had in handcycling has come to an end. The world championships in Scotland last month was the way I wanted to end this season. I took 5th in the time trial and 3rd in the road race. I initially placed 4th in the road race but the 3rd place finisher was disqualified for using illegal wheels. This is great though because it provides Team USA with more points going...

Race Season 23/24

Hello folks, The schedule is out and most dates are locked for my upcoming race season, exciting! After planing with my Federation in Brazil and Coach Mancha, looks like I’ll be racing the following events:  —Banked Slalom (BSL) on the indoor course of Landgraaf, Netherlands in late November. From there, another indoor race was going to follow in the UK but that got canceled (they were just planing that one but never concretized). —Snowboard Cross (SBX) in Grahsgeren, Germany, in late February.  —Snowboard Cross in...

Final countdown to Glasgow!

Here I am 5 days before heading off to Dumfries, Scotland to compete in the 2023 world handcycling championships. I am very much looking forward to competing for Team USA, against the other best H1's in the world, and putting in my best performances. This is the first time I have competed at any world championship event. I have shared my story previously but being suffering a spinal cord injury while on the US Cycling Team as an able-bodied individual...

Racing Mindset

Gidday folks, The involvement & commitment that goes on during a race season is serious, I was thinking about it the other day. There’s a lot of things involved and they all play a special & important part in the final result. Things like your equipment, mindset, level of fitness, and so on add up.  When competing, ideally you wanna be in the best shape possible and with a clear mindset for the goal at hand. It’s hard to stay “ON” nonstop. You...