Here’ some exciting news I just received from one of our star Athletic Trainers at Alpine, Megan Fisher. Congratulations to you, Meg!
I competed with the US Paralympic Cycling Team in Montreal at the Defi Sportif. The Defi is an event that includes many para- events such as hockey, track & field, swimming, and rugby.
It is an opportunity for athletes from around the world to meet and test their skills against each other. I saw teams from places like Russia, Australia, Germany, Taiwan, and China.
Our team participated in the Time Trial on Saturday and the Road Race on Sunday. We raced on the Circuit Gilles Villneuve Formula 1 race track. It was an incredible venue! The course was smooth, relatively flat, and ridiculously fast. This meant that riders would have the opportunity to post fast times.
I had a good day on Saturday and won the Time Trial. On Sunday, I still felt strong and capable of finishing well. Unfortunately, with about 250 meters to go, a rider lost control of his bike and went down right in front of me. I slid across the pavement as the pack sped past. Thankfully neither my bike nor I was badly hurt. I finished the race. It was frustrating to finish the weekend with a crash, but that’s racing. I had a great weekend!
With my time at the Time Trial, I qualified for the US National Paracycling Team. I’ve been working hard for the past year to get stronger and faster. Being on the National Team means that I will have more opportunity to race internationally. Hopefully in 2012 I will be standing with my teammates in London at the next Paralympic Games.
I am also pleased to report that I was named to the US Paratriathlon Team. With the Paratriathlon Team, I will be competing across the US, from New York to California. The World Championships are in Budapest in September 2010. Last year, I won the Worlds when they were held in Australia. I hope to defend again!
On another note, I have been participating in triathlons for seven years. For two of those years, I have been competing in XTERRA off-road triathlon. The XTERRA races provide unique challenges since the terrain can be so diverse.
I won the Regional, National, and World Championship Titles for 2008 and 2009. I am currently the only female challenged athlete who has completed an XTERRA event. I hope to defend again this year.