Team Health-FX's Lynda Wallenfels
Lynda has been tearing up the endurance racing scene this year winning every event she's entered. She'll be leaving in a few days to take on the 7-day TransRockies Challenge with teammate Dave Harris. I thought I'd ask her a few questions before her first multi-day MTB race.
M: What was the first MTB you owned?
L: A Trek 850
M: What's your favorite type of race thus far?
L: I’m fickle and enjoy the lot. They all have their own charm. This year I’ve raced everything from a 24 solo to a 55 minute single speed race. Variety can make you a better cyclist if you place the event right in your schedule.
M: What was your best day on a MTB? How about the worst day on a MTB?
L: Kokopelli Trail race this year was real close to the top of the list. Worst day – probably the day my frame broke at Big Bear while I was going 35 mph.
M: Who picked who? Dave pick you as a partner, vice versa or mutual decision?
L: I picked Dave and brainwashed him into believing TR was the coolest thing on this earth to do this summer and I was the best partner he could ask for (I think it worked).
M: Are you ready for the Scheiderbauers if they show up?
L: I so hope they show up. They are the best and I want a chance to race against the best.
M: Often times on mixed teams the male rider gets to push/ carry the bikes up hill in the interest of speed. Will Dave be doing any carrying?
L: No, probably not unless I’m blown. Then again I might be carrying his bike if he is blown. We are not going to blow tho.
M: Will you be racing with your power meter?
L: On the fence about that at the moment.
M: Are you taking your mp3 with you?
L: No. It is awfully busy inside my head. I can’t take the added input of earphones. I don’t even own an Mp3 player. I play a ton of songs in my head when I’m feeling great. Mostly really cheesy stuff like the sound of music soundtrack – I know most of the words to that one.
M: So Sound of Music? What about the theme to the Wizard of Oz? Musicals like Sining in the Rain?
L: Usually just what my kids have been watching recently. Last month they were on a Shrek kick which was good and a few months ago it was the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Dep – not so good “Augustus Gloop, Augustus Gloop, Augustus Gloop that nincompoop”. Dave was visiting and we infected him with that one too. But the Sound of Music is eternally engraved into my brain.
M: Any books to read for the evenings?
L: Big Fish (Wallace), The Shipping News (Proulx), Under the Banner of Heaven (Krakauer), The Best American nonrequired reading (short stories)
M: Wow! Sounds like you're planning on doing alot of reading.
L: I read a lot.
M: So what's your favorite book?
L: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
M: Will you be taking any pictures while racing? On the ridges perhaps?
L: That is Dave’s job. I’ll leave my camera in camp. I’m gonna be rolling as light as possible.
M: Is your family going? If so how big a boost is that to see them every day after the race?
L: No. I’m having a week off from being a mom and wife.
M: For the post race party will it be wine or beer?
L: I’m a red wine gal. One glass and I’m giggly, 2 and I’m having a purty good time, 3 and I’m falling over or falling asleep.