I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended college at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where I majored in Biology. I count among my passions exploring the natural and human landscape (which incorporates camping, hiking, and world travel), cycling, music of all types, and creative expression (including writing, drawing, and cooking). I ended up on the East Coast after a cross-country bicycle ride in 2001, and settled in the New York City metro area. A professional cyclist since 2006, I travel with my racing team throughout the spring and summer. While not on the road, I enjoy chilling at home with my husband, who's from the Dominican Republic, and the family cat, Shakira.