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25 yrs old from Gig Harbor, WA
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Born in Gig Harbor, WA I was raised around mountain bike racing and windsurfing. My mother (Denise Knudson) would take me to all the races across the...
Born in Gig Harbor, WA I was raised around mountain bike racing and windsurfing. My mother (Denise Knudson) would take me to all the races across the Northwest competing against the men back in the day. Those were the good ol’ times of full rigid frames and no women’s category. “I remember my first race on my little neon orange BMX bike racing against the other kids with brand new top-of-the-line mountain bikes around a lake. Winning that race started a never-ending competitive spirit.”
Sports then became a big part of my life, from hitting the slopes for a great day of snowboarding to a team oriented football game. Stepping away from the younger years of riding my little bike I jumped into any sport my parents would sign me up for. The list is never ending, but soccer, baseball, football, track and field were the main ones. Continuing sports through high school I had to look onto the next step in life, which was a 4-year degree at a University.
I was accepted into Eastern Washington University and became an Eagle. Starting as a walk on for their Division 1 AA Track and Field team, I diligently trained hard as a triple and long jumper. Pushing myself each day as hard as the others I began to see big results and went to conference each year. After 1 year I was offered a scholarship for my accomplishments and a permanent spot on the roster.
Needless to say while I was working hard at sports and I was pushing the envelope at nursing school. Linked with Eastern Washington University was Washington State University’s College of Nursing. To give you an idea there was a reason why there were no athletes in nursing school, because they thought I was crazy to balance the amount of studying and training all at the same time. It was difficult, but making it through made me a more organized and detailed person. It shows you can do anything when everyone else tells you “NO.”
After graduating college I picked up a rewarding career in nursing and am currently traveling the USA. In doing so I needed a great concrete hobby that not only was fun, but something I could train to become better at.
Looking back to my roots of mountain biking gave me an instant smile. “Thinking of the days when I won that first race. Getting on two wheels again has been fulfilling experience that has lit a fire between my cheeks”. The passion grows day by day to gain experience and knowledge in the sport of mountain biking.
Taking all the years of training in past sports and critiquing them to suit mountain bike specific training has been a blast. 2012 brought a quick gratifying season after wining the Fat Tire Revolution Series in Cat 3 19-29. In 2013 I have set the goal higher which is to be a top competitor in the Cat 2 category, and continue to push for that 2014 goal of Cat 1 expert by next season. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me in the sport of mountain biking
Cross Country, Freeride, Downhill
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