Where is "home" right now?
Right now and when I am home, I'm in Racine, WI. I haven't been home much this summer though.
When did you discover you had a talent for cycling?
I'm not exactly sure when I really discovered that. I think when I won my first National Championship I really realized that this was something I wanted to do for as long as I can.
Any airport ninja tactics you’d like to share?
I'm not so good with the whole airport ninja tactics. Sometimes I get lucky and sometimes I don't.
You balance life as a college student with racing as a professional athlete across many cycling disciplines, how do you manage?
Balancing my training and racing with school was very hard my first semester of college just because it was a whole different atmosphere than what I was used to. Once I got used to my college schedule I felt more comfortable with managing everything. I just have a schedule and stick to it.
To me, it's not as hard as some people may think because studying and training is all I do....really.haha. I don't really have a social life outside of my cycling friends. I'm perfectly fine with that.
You race alongside Tim Johnson and the CyclocrossWorld team – what is that like?
Racing alongside the guys was really amazing for me. I really look up to them and they teach me so much. They make everything so much fun but at the same time they are so focused and professional.
You had the opportunity to race against the top women cyclocross racers in the world this past Winter. How was the experience?
Racing at World's this winter was the best opportunity. Representing the United States at the Cyclocross World Championships was something I had only dreamed of for the past couple of years as something I wanted to achieve once I got older and to have it happen already is just amazing to me. I had worked really hard so I saw the opportunity as a great reward. I was impressed at how much I learned in one weekend. It was so incredible to be able to experience racing against the best women in the world.
Any superstitions or pre-race rituals?
I have a pre race ritual that I usually always follow. I like routine.
Any advice for women looking to get into cyclocross?
As for any advice for women getting into cyclocross. If you're really interested I would look up your local race series and go out and try a race. One of the reasons I like cyclocross so much is because the atmosphere is so great and the people are so welcoming.