Highs and lows from the past race week…

Highs

  • I won my first Memorial Crit Race (7-15-15) of the season in the women’s cat 3/4 with a nice sprint breakaway.
  • Thanks to a stem and saddle height adjustment I finally feel like my bike fit is in tune, fast, and comfortable. I had my seat way too high for the past three weeks. My quads weren’t being engaged when riding and I was losing power. Some little adjustments go a long way. People can get religious about saddles, but it makes all the difference. Get properly fit on your bike. Trust me, you should feel ‘like one with the bike’. That’s an amazing feeling.
after the sprint Finish Women's Cat 3/4 at Memorial Park Crits photo credit: Kenny Lim Photography

After the sprint Finish Women’s Cat 3/4 at Memorial Park Crits photo credit: Kenny Lim Photography

Lows

  • I got caught in a crash three days later at the Charter Reserve Road Race near Tyler, Tx. With 10 miles (of 36) to go we were tackling down rollers when another rider came close to my left side. She fell into me when I heard her say “on your right” to the other rider. I stayed calm and upright, but saw our bars had hooked and she continued to lean into me. Bam! It happened so fast all I remember was going over the bars. I must have done a good tumble and roll, because I hopped back up ready to grab my bike and chase back on only to find that my front tubular tire was ripped off. I was more upset at the time as I watched the field go away, but as I moved more I realized I needed to gather myself and make sure my body was physically okay. I had road rash on my hip and knees and a little gravel in the elbow and pins sticking out from my jersey. I looked around and saw four other women were down. I was furious, but I knew being mad wasn’t going to help the situation. I gathered myself, checked on the others, and made sure everyone was tended to. My bike was surprisingly okay. I had enough adrenaline going and energy to finish the race with another rider that had minor injuries.
  • Taking care of road rash, bruises, and stiff muscles.

bye bye tubies, hello Tegaderm and heat pad

Racing is exciting and risky. Winning feels awesome. It was cool to see gals from other teams excited about my victory. Crashing makes me frustrated, especially when people get careless. I wanted yell and point fingers but realized it could’ve been more serious. I was fortunate to walk away and live to race another day.

I decided to take some video of the P/1/2/3 race at Memorial Park Crit Series. I was having some video editing withdrawals and this was the fix. I love the moment when a song naturally comes to mind and you think to yourself, “THIS IS THE PERFECT SONG” for this video or moment.

Every Wednesday from June to the end of August my husband and I drive about an hour south to Houston and race. It’s great training and time to spend with friends. It’s both a friendly and competitive race atmosphere. As an athlete you always want your sport to grow and it’s amazing to watch the sport of cycling develop through these weekly crits.

For race information please visit:  http://memorialparkcrit.com/index.php

Enjoy!

song: Boardwalks – Little May (Sonny Alven Remix)

Three Years Later…

July 14, 2015

Well, it’s been awhile…

Almost three years later and there is that little spark of thoughts to keep my blog alive (thank God I did!). I have and will always have a wandering soul. I haven’t traveled to the places I’ve dreamed, but something else happened…something unexpected. I fell in love and life happened…

I found out that if you leave your future plans a blank slate the most wonderful things can happen:

  • you fall in love, get married and move to Texas
  • you become a cyclist
  • you plan your engagements carefully around the race calendar

Three bullets are not going to sum up a three year gap, but hopefully it gives you an update of where I am. From the moment I graduated college in 2012, I had absolutely no idea where life was going, but I told myself to enjoy the ride. The quote “not all those who wander are lost” was totally my mantra. Yes, I was scared and yes, I was sad at times even lonely, but you get through because “it’s only in the blackest of night you can see the stars”.

‘Til next time!

Once there was a girl who promised herself she would travel to breathtaking places and do things she could only imagine doing through pictures and stories. Then she went to college and saw what other people expected of her when she came out, BUT she had other plans. Determined, she set out with her destination in mind and the journey to embrace…and the rest was her adventure.

Here are the places I’d like to venture to over the next year…

#5 Wind River Range, Wyoming

#4 Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

#3 Acadia National Park, Maine

#2  Zion National Park, Utah

#1 New Zealand

photo credit: Jason Law Photography

Milford Sound

**What makes me happy…
_ is not waking up in the morning to drive out here to camp, but seeing the all the kids come out for Outdoor Education
_singing my head off to my ipod on my way to work (especially to Mulan)
_meeting the teachers and counselors from all the schools that come out
_taking off my harness at the end of the day (I feel ten pounds lighter!)
_having kids invite me to their dinner table
_going out to the bridge that goes across the Platte to watch the sunset (yes, I’m a sucker for
sunsets.)
_(non-camp related) just plain spending time outside
_Singing!
_Running
_Eating a really great scone..mmm
_getting together with old friends

**1 year from now…
_I’d like to have a stable job, fitness training and/or working with kids  [I went back to school for my bachelors degree]
_run a couple more marathons  [check, the Lincoln Marathon every year since 2008!]
_take a vacation out-of-state!!  [yes, trips to Tennessee, Missouri, Minneapolis, and Colorado]
_place top 10 in a 5k  [check! 3x in Lincoln races]

**2-3 years from now…
_Travel, visit Italy, Greece, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland…and the list goes on [haven’t been overseas since 2007]
_maybe, just maybe have a stable relationship  [wow, can’t say that I have]
_Do anything and everything that I want to do!! which includes:
-surfing–go on another cruise–take a road trip across the Country (that could be anytime the gas
down)–learn different types of dancing–go to one of Jackie Warner’s boot camps–….i’ll keep
adding some  [I’ve taken an amazing trip to see Canyonland National Park, the Grand Canyon, deserts in Arizona, camped and hiked a handful of Fourteeners in Colorado and just recently visited the southern Appalachian Region in western North Carolina–always have an adventure in mind ;)]

**Sorry I don’t really have a 5-year plan

**I will soon get over the fact that…
_I’m a romantic [I have my moments]
_I go to the bookstore/ coffeeshop alot  [not so much anymore since I just make my own tea]
_I don’t go to the bars as much as I thought I would after turning 21 [I’ve grown out of that college hoopla]
_Fall is here, but it’s starting to look gorgeous regardless [Fall is one of the most beautiful, exciting seasons in Nebraska!]
_Not everyone will stick around forever  [truth]
_I’m really independent  [it has it’s upsides along with down times]
_I think more from my heart than my head  [found a little more balance, but nevertheless, I follow my gut instincts]

**I really want to…
_start dancing [swing and salsa are on the top of my list, I still need to find people to practice with]
_learn how to make some awesome scones [not so much anymore]
_travel to different cities and do some runs [haven’t done yet]
_become a mentor  [yes]
_get this, I’ve never been skiing! so…skiing  [oh gosh! still need to go skiing]
_try mountain running  [I think I meant trail running, which I really enjoy doing when I’m in the mountains]

**It’s the little things that amaze me…
_Running in the rain
_sitting out on my balcony
_a good hug
_akward moments
_a walk
_a cool crisp morning
_a sweet kiss
_sunsets
_a genuine smile

**I always like to think…
_I never now where I’m going in life, but I don’t care as long as I’m HERE right now
_Things happen for a reason, I can’t control everything, but I can tell myself everything will turn out
for the best.
_Why? Why not!
_Never make yourself miserable. I hold myself accountable to where I am in life, if I don’t put forth
the effort, that’s my mistake. If you don’t like where you are, you can change it.
DON’T COMPLAIN.
_Everything goes by so fast, I need to hit the pause button on my life once in a while
_ I am who I am. Don’t hide who you are.
_Whatever I do during the day, it will be worthwhile, fulfilling, and rewarding b/c at the end of the day
I’m going to bed a happy person

 

Lincoln Vantage Points

July 8, 2012

Lincoln vantage points from Venny Alub on Vimeo.

Labor of Love

July 3, 2012

There’s an invisible magnet that always leads me back to doing the things I love. My past work experience speaks for itself…

  • coaching girls basketball
  • personal training
  • summer camp leader
  • challenge course facilitator

One thing for sure is that I LOVE working with both children and adults. If  you put me outdoors (work or play) I would find a way to spend the whole day (and night-including campfires) whenever I could.

…to CAMP and busting out of my shell

dancing in the rain at camp

 

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