Most Improved Cyclist Award

Happy Friday, friends!  First, thanks for your comments on my previous post.  I cannot wait to start riding my Slice, and even though there will be a learning curve, I’m excited to take the next step in my triathlon journey.

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Thanks for sharing, Syracuse Bicycle–you guys are the best!

Speaking of biking, I have some exciting news to share.  Last night, my team hosted its holiday party, which very similar to an end-of-the-season sports banquet.  Do you remember those from high school and collegiate athletics?  Players, coaches, and sometimes parents would gather at a restaurant, eat some delicious food, and reminisce about the season with slideshows, speeches, and awards.  If you swap a restaurant for a bar and food for booze, then you’ll have an accurate description of our gathering.  Anyway, before the karaoke portion of the evening began, my coaches handed out some awards, and I was pleasantly surprised:

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Most Improved Cyclist “Jamis Award” (our bike sponsor)

Woohoo!  I figured if I were up for an award, then it would be most improved swimmer. (Because I’m all about the flip turns these days.) But as soon as my coach made a comment on the recipient’s bike that “weighs as much as a Volkswagen,” then I knew it was me.

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The best coaches you could ask for.

Even though I got my road bike after graduation last year, this season was my first one in which I truly trained; and it’s no secret the bike was my Achilles heel this year.  Yes, I knew the basics thanks to Syracuse Bicycle’s Women on Wheels program, but it took time in the saddle to develop confidence and muscle memory.  Over time, the bike went from something I “had to do” to something I “wanted to do.”  I loved riding long on the weekends, and although I had some humbling workouts in Central Park, those sessions pushed me and helped me improve.  And this offseason, I’ve made the bike a priority, and honestly, I’m enjoyed it more than running right now.  But I digress.

Anyway, I’m honored and humbled to receive this award.  In the triathlon community, my team is known for having some powerhouse bikers.  Yes, we have baller athletes who excel at all three disciplines, but we do a lot of damage in the saddle.  And knowing that I’m moving in that direction is awesome; it’s all about personal progress.

Let it be known this upcoming season will be the year of the bike.  Watch out, 2014:  I’m coming for you—on my new Slice!

13 responses to “Most Improved Cyclist Award

  1. ok… don’t shoot this girl but damn you have some nice looking coaches. Who said that? But really, you totally deserved that award and I am so happy for you!

    • LOL! I mean … yep, that’s a true statement. ;) They make it a little easier to wake up ungodly early during the season!

  2. Congrats! That is awesome.

  3. Wow you seriously deserve that award. I remember reading all about your biking adventures and how darn hard you worked. Congrats!

  4. Congratulations! That’s so awesome, and it’s so nice that your team acknowledged all your hard work!

  5. Congratulations on your award!! That’s great!

    I loved our end of the season YMCA swim team banquet, always so much fun!

    • Thanks, Jamie! We had the best banquets for high school athletics, especially after basketball season. I love spending time with everyone outside of the gym–and in real clothes and looking like “real people.” ;)

  6. Congratulations!!

    PS – I’m moving to NYC and joing your tri team if your coaches look like that :-)

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