Dr. Christina Ross got into mountain biking on a whim, but after winning the women’s division at the Lutsen 39er, she set her sights on the legendary Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 MTB. Follow her path to her first Leadville race, and learn why she believes Blueprint for Athletes will help her reach her goal.
2015 was an epic year for this regular girl from Minnesota. I have always been an active person, but there were multiple years during my medical training when running even a few miles was a struggle. At a particularly painful triathlon my brother-in-law even joked with me, “Remember when you were fast?”
When my work hours became more regular, I was determined to get fit again. Fortunately, I have an amazing group of friends at my local Life Time Fitness that supported and pushed me. Slowly, I felt strong again. In 2013, I discovered mountain biking and fell in love. After completing my first 100-mile event, the Lutsen 99er, I set my sights on the Leadville Trail 100 MTB.
Training for Leadville with a group of friends was incredible. Long rides, hill repeats and races — all with the best group of guys a girl could ask for. Discussions on long rides often turned to products or supplements that might help a racer obtain that coveted buckle. I’ve never bought into fads and was always looking for a science-based product. Blueprint for Athletes gave me that science-based approach, and armed with my Blueprint test results, I went into the 2015 race with confidence and came home with my buckle.
Now, winter has arrived in Minnesota! Time to get outside and embrace the snow and cold. Thanks to a new set of Blueprint test results, I am ready for a fun winter season of cross-country skiing, fat biking and my first winter triathlon. I am thankful for a strong, healthy body and good friends for the journey.