2019 Finishing the Year ..
I realize I never followed up on my blog with how the remaining season went last season 2019 for our Team Colavita.
Sometimes 'setbacks' can be another way to step back and review.. and see what the body is telling you.
I was very determined to come back from my injury. The physical therapy was very painful- I found the shoulder injury being the most uncomfortable. However, I had a good physical therapist, Dan at Denton Sports & Physical therapy. I treated my rehab with top priority, that meant being diligent about doing what was good for the brain ; body. I believed from the beginning that I would come back as I focused on doing the best recovery ever. I made sure I was eating very healthy and using clean, food. Mostly grain free, Lots of Vegetables, with health boosting seasonings, such as turmeric, rosemary, garlic, pepper, In addition to making sure every meal was intentional. - I also didn't drink any alcohol. I increased my meditation , sometimes I would have to do the breath work in the middle of the night during this recovery time. The Red Light therapy device, Joovv.com has a lot of health benefits, one boosting the mitochondrion cells it helps promote sleep one of the biggest claims, but for me it helped with pain. After I returned to racing, I traveled with my joovv /red light device. I continue using this device daily.
Our team finished on top. Winning the Team Competition for the USA CRITS Series. We also picked up the Best Young Rider with Natalia Franco winning that competion and Laurel coming in third. We couldn't have done it without the support of our sponsors. Colavita and Bialetti Being apart of the team success meant a lot from coming back from an injury. Laurel Rathbun had retired, and Joleen Holland decided to sit out with the traveling schedule and work with her cycling team in Austin ,Tx. Natalia, signed with 20/20 with the ambition to race stage races.
We also Hit Gateway Cup, One of our favorite 4 day criterium races. Well, really all of the 4 day crits are our favorite! We have great hosts for all of our races, Paul & Susan Saur hosted our team along with a couple other riders for Gateway Cup . They live on the Friday night Course. Lafayette Square. Natalia, Yussily Soto and myself raced . The first night the race was delayed due to the weather. It had been raining all day on the course, and I recall it was a bit chilly with the rain. We began and shortly after it had began raining,- It was dark , and I spent a lot of time on the outside, riding with the wind.. I figured it would be a way out if I needed it. Last Lap , I got pushed a little out coming into the 3rd corner to the finish- however, I realized I flatted and it may have been a blessing in disguise. The next day, We raced Tour De Francis Park, I ended up 5th and I came from pretty far back- after being boxed in. So I was feeling pretty confident on my sprint. The Giro Della Montagna "the Hill" is one of my favorite courses - I actually was feeling amazing, and it perfect position - I was going to jump early on the hill , however, Olivia Ray jumped exactly at that time- and everyone responded. - and I ended up in a line to the 2nd last corner- and I couldn't get enough ground to move up on the downhill sprint. The last day is truly one of the harder races- I had my teammates cover moves, and I followed moves I felt I needed to. Natalia and Yussily did a great job. The pace was fast leading into the final lap into the final turn, and I began to jump on the inside and sprint, and had a mili pause, as Emily Flynn came out of her pedal, I rekicked my sprint, and ended up 2nd. I had the momentum to win this but super happy to pull off a podium on the final day of my 2019 Road Season. Or Crit Season.
Podium GateWayCupsue & paul Hosts St.Louis
|Posted by Christina on September 6, 2020 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Motivation / Goals
Motivation will arise at different levels- and when it is low, Its a good time to measure your Why's against your goals, those things you want to accomplish. What encourages you ? Your drive and motivation should come from within- it needs to be important to you.
So make sure you know what you want.
If your not sure. Then Ask yourself some questions. What is it you would like to be good at ? Or is ...Read Full Post »
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2020 and We will Be back for 2021
We were a little late to the table on getting things going for the season. We lost Bialetti as one of our sponsors. So we were on a hunt for filling in that gap.
Things came together as they usually do. We didn't have a roster and once again we were planning on 'trying' riders out for the team in the early season races.
As we came together for our team camp and first preseason race in...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Christina on May 19, 2018 at 9:45 AM||comments (6)|
From Christina Gokey-Smith:
I strive to teach my clients not to give any special treatment to a national title race. It’s another race and the focus is still on the process. Focusing on the end result derails us off the path we work so hard to stay on. It’s the daily work, the daily grind, both physically and mentally, that these athletes work on. Success means sticking to the process. Every. Single. Day. I understand life happens and gets in the way at what see...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Christina on May 19, 2017 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
I am writing this on my return flight home from Speed Week with my new team for 2017: Papa John’s presented by Trek. (No, no, I am not eating the pizza quite yet but soon they will be introducing a gluten-free option.) Each of the women on my team are really strong riders and I’m leaving the start of our season excited for what is to come. Our time at Speed Week was fairly successful, however, we didn’t get the overall win. In my mind, that gives us the opportunity to learn ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Christina on March 9, 2017 at 2:20 PM||comments (1)|
What's your favorite healthy breakfast? Christina's go to morning meal is dairy-free and gluten-free pancakes. Simple, delicious fuel for training rides or races.
1 3/4 cup of Bob's Red Mill Pancake Mix
1 cup of Rice Milk
1/2 cup of Water
2 TB of Coconut Oil
1 TB of Hon...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Christina on March 9, 2017 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
by Derrick Birdsall
It’s a question I’ve been getting a lot lately. Let’s face it… at nearly 50 years old now, many of my peers are getting ready to retire (some already have!), or are settling down to life with the grandkids.
Contrary to that, I’m pretty much constantly sore from the grind of daily training on the bike, and throw in the occasional crash and there are definitely days when I’m limping around.
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|Posted by Christina on February 12, 2017 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
There’s something romantic and almost like a fairytale about the type of person who shows up out of nowhere with little to no experience and dominates the competition. As humans, we are drawn to the idea that talent – an inherited ability that we don’t work for – is the key to an athlete’s success. We love to celebrate and praise the people we see who are “naturals.” But what if there’s more to the story? What if winning and exceling is actua...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Christina on January 16, 2015 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
As most athletes we've learned through College nutrition classes thinking a certain way of how to fuel our bodies. Carbs, Carbs ; more Carbs.. I know this is how most of us athletes are fueled. I am not saying that all carbs are bad. What I do know, is if it makes you feel better , perform better then you must be onto something. Each person is very unique and this should not be any different when it comes to what we eat. What works for me may not work for you.Read Full Post »
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Mentoring Program for female cyclist.
If you know of a female cyclist who may benefit from this program. Please Contact Christina