American Women Cyclists Representing in US, Italy, and London

This week let's start with the women's cycling update!

Domestically, Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling made it back on the top step of the podium at the Tour of the Southern Highlands. Nina won Saturday and Sara finished 2nd on Sunday, which gave her the overall win. Lauren clocked in a 2nd place at the Frostbite TT, while the SLC crew raced the local crit series.

In Italy, twelve American women were racing the Strade Bianche, including defending champ Megan Guarnier. Unfortunately, there was no live coverage, but enough on twitter to wake up early and follow the final 20k. Megan's teammate Lizzie Armitstead took the win and Megan finished 6th. Need more info, the best women's cycling coverage is at and Ella Cycling Tips. For example, take a look at this Strade Bianche Photo Gallery from Ella and VĂ©lofocus - then get ready to move to Italy with me!

American women are also representing in London at the Track Cycling World Championships. Sarah Hammer, Chloe, Dygert, Jennifer Valente, and Kelly Catlin won Gold in the Team Pursuit. Sarah's Bronze in the Omnium also secured her a spot at the Olympics.

Now for a quick injury update. I tried to only wear the arm sling this week during airport travel and when I was tired, which ended up being after meetings and before dinner. I have appointments Tuesday and Wednesday with shoulder specialists to hopefully make some sense of my shoulder injury and determine a treatment plan.

I spent Monday night in Seattle, Tuesday night in Portland, and finally Wednesday night at home. For the first time in 2016, Terry and I are both home next week with no work travel. We have appointments scheduled for every day of the week in an attempt to catch up on our business, taxes, health, etc.
Best turndown I've had in awhile - thanks Juana from Portland!
We have had spring/summer weather all weekend, including rain. There is still snow on the trails, but it is disappearing quickly. Terry chose the bike over skis for the first weekend since November, while I kept up on my injury walks. We had a fun Italian dinner with friends, bought groceries since we'll actually be home, and are enjoying a Sunday night without a trip to the airport. It also just started snowing, so maybe winter will make a March comeback.

Saturday Hike