I am a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at UNL studying alcohol and sexual violence. I grew up in San Diego, which likely has had an influence on my love of sunshine, large bodies of water, and street tacos.
With the exception of a brief stint in middle school when I learned to ride a bike to fill the critical need of transportation to the local community pool, my life had been bicycle-less until about 2 years ago, when I somewhat whimsically decided on commuting to campus (this initially involved a lot of braking on any downward slope for fear of dying). After a while, commuting just wasn’t enough – especially after joining a friend for part of RAGBRAI this year and absolutely loving it.
Cyclocross sounded intimidating at first (see above for relative recency of cycling and associated lack of skills), but also really fun! After watching a race and meeting some of the team I saw how supportive the cx community is and thought this would be an awesome opportunity to stretch the boundaries of my comfort zone a bit and get better at cycling. If you are new to cyclocross or cycling in general, please feel free to ask me any of your questions!
|Flatwater Cyclocross - Lincoln, NE - 2015|
Photo: Matt Pearson