A project of MAMMOGRAMS IN ACTION
Bikes for Boobs was established by Mammograms in Action, a 501c (3) NON-PROFIT organization.
In high school and college I was not active in sports or athletic what-so-ever. I spent my time reading, writing, or playing indoors on a computer. In 2005 my husband, Justin, turned me on to watching Lance Armstrong ride to win his 7th Tour de France. I was quickly hooked on the idea of riding bikes, though I had been on exactly once since I had turned 13. We settled on Specialized mountain bikes, and quickly were bitten by “the bug.” Before long we were traveling to ride throughout California, Nevada, New Mexico, and our favorite: Colorado. Throughout 2007 we did a few small XC races and did a lot of shuttling and lift assisted riding with friends in Mammoth and Whistler. In 2008 I decided I wanted to go after XC racing and focused on shorter events. I submitted my upgrade request for a Pro license and eventually in March 2009, just days before the Pro XCT race at Fontana my request was approved. I started 24th and finished 10th in my first Pro race and was hooked. Following a strong 2009 I trained hard for 2010 and had an awesome season. The winter of 2011 was harsh and due to a biomechanical foot structure and cold weather I spent the majority of January through April 2011 off the bike entirely. I came back with 2 months of training to finish 13th at USA Mountain Bike Nationals in XC, but fell far short of my expectations for the year. I look forward to a solid 2011-2012 winter training season, fully prepared for cold weather and a lot of endurance miles to get me back in the game.
Mountain biking has given me self-confidence and worth that I never knew I could have in life. I wish that every woman (and man!) could experience the positive life changes that cycling has allowed for me from becoming a healthier and happier person, to someone that has the self-confidence to charge obstacles in life and in athletics.
I support B4B because cancer is something that affects us all. Early and preventative screening save lives (Mammograms in Action!), but unfortunately this isn’t available to everyone. My grandfather died of lung cancer when I was 9, and I miss not being able to have known him better or to have shared my successes in life and athletics with him. I’ve seen both sides of cancer through friends and acquaintances as well from family’s with children learning they have ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) and fighting on to live healthy happy lives, to women unable to get screened for cervical cancer and dying at a young age. Awareness and availability for screening helps us all and is something I want to promote through sport and healthy living.