Feb 12-14 Valley of the Sun Stage Race
Feb 26-28 Chico Stage Race
March 11-13 Tour of Murrieta
April 6-10 Redlands Bicycle Classic
April 14-17 Sea Otter (maybe)
May 4-8 Tour of the Gila
July 16 Boise Cycling Classic
July 22-26 Cascade Cycling Classic
We decided to mix road racing with mountain bikes early this fall before my 2016 World Cup campaign was a reality. As a result I will be very much playing the road racing thing by ear. My plan is to put my heart into the early season races, do whatever work I can for my team mates and then re-evaluate how things are going in mid-March. This way if I'm crazy burnt out I can redirect my focus, or if I'm loving the road stuff I can commit to some more of those races. I really did love road racing back in college, so it will be a fun year mixing the two types of races!
I have to admit I have a bit of anxiety about getting burnt out, BUT I am also SO stoked to have this opportunity. So for now I'm focusing on my day to day training, eating well, getting enough sleep and doing core... And we'll worry about the road season when it rolls around. I'm so so lucky to have so many supportive and intelligent people in my life helping me shape my career, providing me with these opportunities and helping me stay grounded. I seriously thank my lucky stars every day for the team staff and RideBiker Alliance. 2016 is going to be an absolute blast!!