|Amanda and Lorri at the Death Ride|
I'm pretty excited about our 2014 Velo Girls club kit! We've juiced up our colors to design a super high-visibility kit by Pactimo. You can order on-line now through Monday, April 7th and all orders will be shipped directly to you by Pactimo for delivery in early May.
We're offering the Summit Pro Women's Short Sleeve Jersey, the Continental Women's Sleeveless Jersey, the Ascent Pro Women's Bib Shorts, the Ascent Women's Shorts, and the Evergreen Lightweight Wind Vest (unisex).
The Summit Pro jersey and Evergreen vest offer reflective piping for additional visibility. And I can't say enough about the chamois in the Ascent bibs. I've ridden these bibs on multiple Death Rides (124 miles with 15,000' of climbing) and on the 3-day 375-mile La Vuelta Puerto Rico and they are hands-down some of the most comfortable women's clothing I've ever worn.
All orders are custom made for YOU so make sure to refer to the sizing charts to order the correct size as there are no returns or exchanges.
Click on over to the Pactimo store and order your 2014 Velo Girls club kit today!
|2014 Velo Girls club jersey|
|Evergreen Unisex Wind Vest|
|Ascent Pro Women's Bib Shorts|
|Summit Pro Women's Short Sleeve Jersey|
|Alyson + Lorri at the Golden Gate Bridge|
|The Christmas Orphans at Fisherman's Wharf|
I've had breathing issues my entire life. I was born with pneumonia. I was told I was weak and fragile and had bad lungs. I never participated in sports (although I could somehow play the oboe). I had childhood allergies (never defined, but treated with prescription medications) and exercise-induced asthma. And then, as an adult, I smoked cigarettes for nearly a decade. Not the makings of a cyclist, but somehow, I found myself on the bike.
When I got serious about cycling, I visited the pulmonologist, who confirmed that I'm allergic to just about everything in the world, that I have temperature- and exercise-induced asthma, and early signs of COPD. But, I wanted to race my bike, so I endured years of allergy shots (treating environmental allergies but not food allergies), allergy medications to counter the symptoms, and an inhaler to clear my lungs. But never did this doctor recommend that I eliminate allergens from my environment.
A few years ago, I started working with a different allergist, who recommended I remove all allergens from my environment. This included eliminating certain foods, my dog (I couldn't do it), carpet, and covering my bed and pillows in anti-allergen cases. I do the best I can.
The foods were the easiest to eliminate (although this takes very conscious decision-making, especially if eating in a restaurant). My home is as allergen-free as I can make it. I struggle when traveling (motel rooms are filled with allergens like dust, dust mites, and mold) and mountain biking can aggravate my allergies to grasses and trees. But all in all, I've been able to relieve my symptoms by making some lifestyle changes.
Interestingly enough, when I removed my food allergens from my diet, amazing things changed in my health. My immune system seemed to improve, maybe because it wasn't constantly being stressed by my diet. My lungs were stronger (proven through breathing tests). I no longer needed to use an inhaler for cycling, except in very cold temperatures. My weight stabilized. My energy increased as did my sleep quality and my mood. I no longer suffered headaches and a stuffy head. My skin cleared up and the hives that had plagued me for many years disappeared. And my recovery time on the bike improved dramatically.
So, why am I happy to have food allergies?
|the main ingredients|
|ready to go in the rice cooker|
|the finished product!|
Whether you were out fighting the Black Friday crowds or plan to shop small + local for Small Business Saturday, I wanted to share a special discount with all our Savvy Bike clients + fans.
The 2014 Savvy Bike calendar has been published and you can register on-line for all of our camps, clinics, and bike fit. And now through Monday, December 2nd, you can save 20% by using promotional code SBS.
Here's a preview of what's on tap for the coming year. Holiday shopping couldn't be any easier!
I had intended to post 2014 Velo Girls membership by October 1st, but I got a bit distracted with Furnace Creek 508, a training trip to Pactimo in Denver, and the flu. Of course, the flu. So, a few days late but you can now register for 2014 Velo Girls membership.
New for 2014:
Our awesome little team of six for the Furnace Creek 508 awoke at dawn, grabbed some Starbuck's for breakfast, and chamoised up for a shake-out ride on the tandems. In addition to the four of us racing, our two crew members, Max and Andy, saddled up on the spare tandem at our host house to join us for a short spin. How often do you see three separate tandems out riding together?
I'm pretty impressed with our ability to get up and running smoothly. My pilot, Jim Ryan, is a very experienced rider, and we were able to start, stop, shift to an optimal gear, and communicate really well together. We dialed in our bike fit (as much as possible within the constraints of the bike) and I feel confident we've optimized our positions.
The best piece of advice I received this morning was from our other tandem pilot, Paul Kingsbury (owner of Kingsbury's Cyclery in Elmira, NY). He said the biggest adjustment as a stoker is that I will feel the bike do things that weren't caused by MY input. I thought about that several times during our 9-mile ride this morning.
We rolled with my Cardo BK-1 bluetooth communication device. It's a super-cool helmet-mount system that allows two riders to talk to each other. I've been testing it out in training the past month or so and I'm sold that it's a really great system for two riders. If our crew is really smart, we're also going to connect to one of their smart phones so we can communicate with the support van.
Communication will be key for this race.
|Lorri, Jim, and crew member Max in the background|