I'm starting a new feature on my blog this week: Sponsor Spotlight Sunday! Each Sunday, I will highlight one of my current sponsors, and the services or products that they provide. This being the first week, I've created a dedicated Sponsor Page (linked here, and in the menu bar), with a listing of my 2018 Sponsors below :-) I'll feature each of these awesome companies in the upcoming weeks and provide more details on the services that they provide and/or their products.
As we all know, Racing Bikes is NOT cheap. . . My husband is retired military, and I work a full-time job in finance for an amazing company, however Race Registration Fees, Coaching, Travel Costs (Fuel, Lodging, Food, Airfare, Bike Shipping & Boxes . . . the list goes on and on), Training & Racing Kits & Speed Suits, Socks, Cycling Shoes, Bikes & Components, Wheels & Tires & Tubes, On & Off Bike Nutrition, and Recovery Services & Tools all add up fast, and it would be nearly impossible for me to cover all of these costs, so I am beyond grateful for the generous companies who are sponsoring me for the 2018 Race Season!
For those of you that aren't familiar with the Cycling Community - finding sponsors, especially sponsors for female racers and teams, who typically receive less exposure than their male counterparts, is extremely difficult . . . and when we find a company that believes in us and wants to support us in chasing our dreams and reaching our goals, we want to do everything we can to give back! So please consider patronizing these companies - "giving back" a bit by expanding their customer base goes a long way in helping me thank them for their support!
2018 Season Sponsors
Best Bike Shop in Austin, and the only mechanics that touch my bikes 😎
An affordable adventure van specifically created by adventurers of every kind so that anyone can utilize the convenient, customizable design. This is a vehicle (literally) into a new way of adventuring.
Atom Composite Wheels are handcrafted in the Long Beach, California area from carbon fiber and complimentary lightweight components to offer a smoother and more reliable ride which allows for better cornering and greater performance
I'm proud to announce that I have been selected as a 2018 #NuunElite Ambassador!
I've loved and used Nuun long before being selected as an Ambassador, though! Nuun Vitamins keep me hydrated daily without the added salt needed for hydration during activity. Nuun Hydration Tabs keep me hydrated during training and racing, and Nuun Performance gives me carbs in my bottle to help fuel my longer races & training rides, without upsetting my super finicky tummy! 😋
Throughout September, October, and November of 2017, after an already jam-packed race season racing both USAC and UMCA (Ultra) events, I found myself competing in the Zwift Academy Semi-Finals with the hopes of clenching the 2018 spot on the CANYON/SRAM Racing WWT team. I juggled the demanding workouts and tests required by the Academy alongside a full race schedule including National and World Championship races and the accompanying travel/road trips, AND my full time job, and it inevitably took its toll on my body.
Cryo-Wellness to the rescue! They generously brought me on as a sponsored athlete late in 2017, and regular Cryotherapy, Norma-Tech Compression Therapy, Hyperbaric Chamber Sessions, and Infa-red Sauna treatments helped me stay of my recovery efforts, and prevented me from falling apart at the seams, when my race season was unexpectedly extended by 2 months!
I'm grateful to be sponsored by this amazing company again for the 2018 season!
More Recovery! I am sooo Stoked to be brought on as a Sponsored Athlete by Austin Massage Company for the 2018 Race Season! Michelle Hittner and her amazing team of Therapists are hands down the best Sports Massage Therapists in Austin, and so very supportive of the Austin Cycling Community. I can't wait to add regular, focused body work to my Recovery Regime in 2018!
MORE Recovery! Blood Flow Rocks! I performed a test in early August where I completed a specific workout with 5 x max effort intervals. I did the workout before having used the BEMER mat, and then repeated it again a few days later immediately after a BEMER Mat session. The results speak for themselves (more info on sponsor page, and in this BEMER Mat Test Review)
Christopher Bean Coffee is an small, Artisan Coffee Roaster based in Volusia County, FL. They source, roast, and serve a wide range of exotic, as well as flavored coffees, and only roast to order (online orders aren’t roasted until the order is placed).
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