How long have you been a member of Team CHOCOLATE MILK?
I consider myself a lifetime member of Team Chocolate Milk since I always use chocolate milk for recovery, but I think officially, I have been a member for 5 years!
What has been your greatest athletic accomplishment in 2017 so far?
My greatest accomplishment in 2017 was being able to represent the United States at the Pan American Championships on the USA National team for cycling. We left the competition in the Dominican Republic with a gold, a silver, and a bronze medal!
How many races did you participate in during April?
I raced in 10 events in April, including the Victorville Omnium and the Tour of the Gila. I used April to race myself into fitness to compete in North America’s only World Tour event, Amgen Tour of California. I won the Victorville Omnium by winning all three stages and this was great preparation into the Tour of the Gila. The Tour of the Gila is a 5 day stage race in the high desert of Silver City, New Mexico. Racing at altitude can be challenging, but it was a solid fitness boost to be able to perform at the Amgen Tour of California.
Why do you recover with chocolate milk after a tough training session and/or race?
Chocolate milk has the ideal ratio of carbs and protein. It is readily available for me, wherever I am in the world competing. I can rely on chocolate milk to allow me to recover, reset, and get ready for the next hard day of training or racing.
When did you begin recovering with chocolate milk?
I have used chocolate milk to recover since I was a tennis player in college 15 years ago! I learned it was accessible and universal to use as well as get the optimal results in my training and fitness. Not to mention it’s delicious!
What is your favorite part of cycling?
Cycling has provided me with so much humility and challenges. My favorite part of the sport is that there is always room to improve and you can challenge yourself to become better. It is a privilege to be able to get better at something, and cycling has endless opportunities for you to monitor your results from your hard work. There is an incredible sense of community within cycling and I have loved meeting people who are like-minded and just as passionate about sport and challenge as I am. I love my bike family and the ability to travel and see the world from two wheels.
Share a fun fact about yourself!
I grew up on a cattle ranch in California and was riding horses long before I considered riding bikes! I was a collegiate tennis player with a biochemistry education and have since gone to graduate school while racing bikes. I currently work with Amgen and their disease awareness campaigns, Breakaway from Heart Disease and Breakaway from Cancer, in order to balance my work and cycling life as well as raise awareness about incredible resources for your health. I think cycling is an amazing platform to do good things with and Amgen’s Breakaway has helped me find satisfaction in not only riding bikes, but building a community. My Grandfather, Paul Tetrick, is who encouraged me to start cycling, and at 85 years old, he is still riding, racing, and winning! He struggles with a heart condition and he using the bike to stay healthy and active. I believe cycling and sport are ageless.