This was my first season on the team. Our camp was at the end of March in Carlsbad, CA. I was only 22years old and pretty new to the sport of triathlon so I was totally honored to have been accepted to be on such a prestigious team. Funny to think that seven years ago Timex was on the forefront of technology with the Speed and Distance GPS Watch that included a large transmitter, a data recorder and a watch! Oh how times have changed :)
And we're ORANGE! Timex went from sporting black and yellow (before my time) to red and white, and then in 2008 we changed to the vibrant orange and white. Trek even made custom painted TT bikes for us! This was my first year racing XTERRA and it turned out to be a great change from competing on the road. I had a fantastic season wining almost every race in my age group and finished with an overall amateur win at Nationals and a World Champ jersey in Maui!
Unfortunately 2009 was the start of my health issues as an athlete. However, I had great support from the team which helped my mindset tremendously. After a fantastic 2008 season, I was awarded Timex Athlete of the year. It just reiterated how important this team was to me and how I simply couldn't imagine my world without it. While the team continued to get stronger and pull in great new sponsors, Timex was starting to release new and exciting products. After a few knee surgeries and hobbling through several XTERRA's, I decided to give cycling a go while I let my knee heal. After a few road and cyclocross races, I was hooked!
We're back in red and have a new home for team camp! Timex's partnership with the NY Giants led to the building of an amazing training facility right next to the Giants' stadium. We are so fortunate to be welcomed there each year to utilize their upscale facilities and have home cooked meals three times a day! This year marked a big bike sponsor change to Orbea and Shimano and the introduction of the Global Trainer GPS Watch. Unfortunately I was sidelined with a fractured hip and torn labrum during the beginning of the year then plagued with the dreaded Epstein Barr Virus from July on.
This marked our first year doing demo's with Timex watches. Since we needed to spread the word about the Global Trainer, we brought a fleet of watches to various shops around Colorado and allowed people to try them out during a club or shop run. It was a huge hit and I believe the brand and product got a lot of positive recognition. In my personal world and after several long months of sleeping and resting, I was finally back to form and out racing. I completed a full mountain bike season with a 3rd overall finish in the WP MTB series and was on a roll racing CX. That was until the Epstein Barr Virus came back to haunt me once again. Sadly, I was sidelined from early October until the following March.
Where to begin?!? 2012 camp far outdid any prior camp to date! With a new bike and clothing sponsor, everyone was super excited to see and learn about the new products. Also, Timex released their Run Trainer, Cycle Trainer and Marathon GPS watches which meant goodies were flying left and right :) This was great for our demo fleet as we now had a full line of product to bring to our clinics and demos. I wasn't fully back in action at camp but I was completely surprised and honored to have been inducted into the Timex Hall of Fame. Keith's speech was so kind that I couldn't stop shaking when I had to give my own. Up until that point, I had been through a lot and it means so much to be that my second family (Team Timex) will always stand behind me, no matter what. Once I was back training in mid March, I knew I was going to have a great year. I felt stronger than ever and was super pumped on my new bike setup. As predicted, the season began great but unfortunately took the same dive it had the past 2 years. I was again diagnosed with EBV and forced to the sidelines without even racing a single cyclocross race. On the bright side, my series of health issues has tought me a lot about how to be a good Timex ambassador away from the racecourse!
I know I've been saying it annually now, but 2013 is MY YEAR! With some recent food allergy findings with my Naturopath, I am on the road to recovery and will hopefully never have to deal with the EBV bug again. I've currently got great energy but waiting until April 1 to begin training. Until then, I'll exercise for fun, build up my new toys and race some dirt bikes with my hunny. I have had an ear to ear grin the past few days knowing that my four favorite days of the year (Team Camp) are just around the corner.