What about me?

After my last race in Innsbruck I kept on riding but with constant pain in my thumb. I had this little crash at the training run on Sunday but I thought okay it hurts but it won’t be that bad. At the end it turned out that I have to do a surgery on my thumb. How you can see on the picture my ligament cut.daumen1_gross.jpg
The Doctor, Pezzei, from the Lorenz Böhler hospital squeezed me in his busy surgery schedule, so just 24h after the first x-ray my thumb was fixed. I was awake during the surgery… hmm I didn’t liked it at all but I was happy that I went there; because he told me, without fixing it I would have problems my whole life.
So after the surgery I packed my stuff and left Austria for a while. I stayed in Morocco. I got this special cast for my finger so I could do much. Just sitting and running at the beach. But my thumb progressed so fast that I took it off after 3 weeks, instead of 6 weeks and started to surf. Riding my bike wasn’t possible because of the vibrations, which hurt me. But surfing was great, I started quite a while ago, and you could never called it “surfing” but this last time I actually found the connection to the sea. From the first day the take off worked and timing was good, I turned, read the waves and at the end I surfed my first 2,5 meter wave, which was huge for me, concerning that I didn’t grow up with the sea…it scared me at the beginning. I think I am addicted to it and I understand what the people in all this surf videos are talking about… when they talk about their passion to surfing and the ocean.
So now I am back in Austria and my thumb gets better and better. At my last doctor appointment he said it’s all good and don’t have to wear the cast anymore…. Great.
My plans for the next weeks are first of all get ridden of the stupid flu, which I picked up somewhere at my arrival in Austria. After, I will hit the BMX track, the forest and the gym, depending on the weather.
Bye bye LENE

Joy Magazin Article

A German lifestyle and fashion magazine asked me for an interview. The reports were about women who are different and not ordinary. So here you see the results. For those who don’t speak German it is about img_3971.JPGthat i started early to ride, had problems with my parents, because they were scared and about my Plan B studying sports Management. img_3969.JPG

Maribor World cup : Get dirty…

So this weekend the World cup in Maribor was going on. So Markus, Caroline Buchanan her boyfriend Barry Nobels, my mechanics Martin and Lukas and I were there. It was raining nearly all the time non stop. The track got every run worse but still ride able. So I enjoyed it. Just on friday my second run I felt hard on my head and had a concussion. But the time was pushing. The world cup time table is so packed that you don’t have time for things like this or technical problems. So I waited one hour until my headache stopped and went up again for another run. I cleared all the jumps I wanted to and so I moved on the 4x practice and four cross qualify. I got in the top 16th for the next day with my 12th place. Was allright- I was happy. So the next day in the morning my headache returned I had to kick myself to get out of bed I was so tired. But I got up and did one training run. For my surprise I felt very good and was looking forward to my qualify run. At 12 o clock i went up to the start. I could feel the stress of the girls and you could see it in their faces. I was totally calm. I havn’t felt that for a long time. people who saw me told me I looked fast, so yes my run went perfect …UNTIL I had to pass two girls in front of me and I choosed the worse place to pass- in the rock garden where you normally struggle without having one person lying a cross the track and at an off camber root section. I was yelling at them, I am sure they heard me but didn’t move on or made the way free. So I nearly crashed in her. She was so slow and I can’t understand why she didn’t stop and make the way free. Because when some passing you you will never make it in the top 20 anyway…. When I passed them I still got my best but at the end i lost to much seconds because of these two passing maneuvers.
So yes 27th at the end and not competing on Sunday.
After qualy i jumped back on my 4x bike for training and the race. My first heat was very difficult. I raced against 3 worldcup winners. So not easy at all. Anneke Berten, Jana Horokova, Jana Laboukava. My gate wasn’t very good but I kept up well with them. At the end Jana crashed and I passed her, but still not 2nd and so Jana and I were out.Next stopp is Koppl a 4x race in Austria.

bye bye LEne

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Back to my roots….

When i started to race and ride my bike a was a young teenager with no money and no possibilties to get to the races. So I started to ask strangers in a downhill board if they have place to give me a ride to the races, who turned acutally over the years to my best friends. Thanks Jörgili and Markus K..I slept in my small tent next to my bike, cooked with camping cookers and washed myself in rivers. It’s sounds unreal but thats how I could afford to race and travel around Austria from 1998 to 2004. It was a good time and i liked it a lot until the day in Tieschen at the 4 cross national champs when some french bmx freestylers thought they must run with car over my tent. It was horrible and I messed up the national champs the following day. Anyway I kept distance from camping since this happening.

But last weekend I turned my Kombi Peugeot in a downhill race sleeping mobil. I placed matresses in it, my -10 degrees sleeping bag fluffy pillow and my “little kitchen”. And everything turned out well.The race was great a nice track, nice weather, no rain and well organised as well. It was a race of the European IXS Cup race series, so many competitors were starting and it was a great atmosphere.

My training went well and I didn’t had much problems with the track. I liked the tight corners. The only thing which I didn’t like at all was the north shore parts and the wooden turns which doesn’t fit in a downhill track.
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three weeks

My last 3 weeks were very packed with action and tears. I raced in Koppl in Salzburg three weeks ago and I had a
very bad crash. I felt so good on the my hardtail bike and played with the course, at the end to much. I wanted
to get prepared for Fort Williams as best as a I can for the following weekend. So my goal was to profit as much as I
can from this race before. I double a jump and my front wheel didn’t go over the landing lip so I went over the bars.
It was so high that i land first on my hands and after straight on my back. I couldn’t feel my right leg for about a
minute. Very shocking feeling. But the feelings came back and my pelvis and my right knee hurt even more. I couldn’t get
up and the doctors there ordered an helicopter, because they weren’t sure if my back has fractures.
My back was total scrashed and blue and hurt me too a lot.
So I did my first heli flight to the UKH in Salzburg. There my knee got x rayed and I made a Computer Tomography.
For this I got a contrast liquidity injected and that was such a crazy feeling. They told my that I will feel warm
but I felt so hot, like I was burning from the inside. It was not painful but just not a good feeling. After I the doctor
told me the results and I said that my knee is allright, but I broke a little piece out of my pelvis and that I have
to rest for at least 4 weeks. I started so to cry because (maybe it sounds crazy for you) I counted the weeks in my head
and which races I can’t compete and that would be a lot. The doctor didn’t understand my reaction, how could he?
I think just athlets understand why I counted and cried like this.
I had to stay in the hospital over the night and got one injected after the other to reduce my pain. Actually I was more
afraid of the injections than the pain I would have had without them. The next day I felt so much better and I could
leave. Some friends drove me home in my car and I stayed about one week in bed and didn’t move much. I had crutches and
my flat isn’t that big so I was fine. In the week I started to “go” in the gym and trained the rest of my body and rode
carefully the hometrainer there. Riding felt so much better than walking. When I walked i superextended my hip joint and
then i hurt a lot. when I pedalled I was fine.
In the third week I start to ride my hardtail bike again and tried on the bmx track vösendorf if it hurts a lot or not.
And it didn’t hurt at all. I was happy about that.
I made a second eximination and MR (Magnet resonanz) and for my surprise my doctor told me that I don’t have any broken
bones I “just” have had a shrinking of my cartilages in both of my hips joints since I am born and because of this big
crashed it started to hurt me so much. He told me I can race again if I feel okay and that he wants to see me next week
to talk about the future therapy.
So I decided to race in Leogang (AUS) the world cup. I already missed the last one one week before in Fort Williams.
I just race 4x this time I though maybe both is too much. But I am here now and regretting it a lot that I don’t race both
It so hard for me to step on step back and don’t do to much for the beginning. I love it a lot. I love DH and 4x the same
so I don’t know what I should do. Focusing on one is definetly better but I don’t know on which one. Now i have
to accept it and race just 4x. Ah yes the 4x track- I don’t like it. For girls it isn’t a nice track to ride. The takeoff
lips are round and the first jump is scary, for me it is. I will see how the trainings goes today.Full report bye LENE
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how was it?

Leogang went well for me. I was satisfied. I stayed always close to the second rider and I nearly passed Sasha Huntingon at the finish line but just “nearly” and nearly is not passed. In the last turn i went outside to get some speed but the deep mud eat my front wheel and I couldn’t built up enough speed to passe her. So I ended up on the 11 position. But for my regret this race was one of my qualification races for the World champs in Canada. My last chance is in Val di Sole in two weeks, where i have to be at least top 6 I guess. I will see what i can do.
After my 4x performance in Leogang at the World cup, I swapped my bike and I raced the European IXS Cup in Leogang. I liked the track and the weather was perfect. Just sunshine and dry underground. I enjoyed it a lot. Many good girls were riding and so the starte field was hot. Tracy mosley von Great Britian won. I came 10th. I was not to satisfied with my place but satisfied with my race run.
After this race I went back home and decided to take a break. My right hip hurt me still a lot when i walked. The doctor told me to take a break from at least 3 weeks so my hip has time to heal a little bit.
I trained gates today and I felt good. Walking still causes me pain and my walking style has changed but my biking style is the same :-). I won’t go to Champery (SUI) this weekend. It’s to early for me and on this track you should be more than 100% fit. I will be in Val di Sole (Italy) next week to compete in 4X there.
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Joy Magazin Article

A German lifestyle and fashion magazine asked me for an interview. The reports were about women who are different and not ordinary. So here you see the results. For those who don’t speak German it is about that i started early to ride, had problems with my parents, because they were scared and about my Plan B studying sports Management. img_3971.JPGimg_3969.JPG

Back to my roots….

When i started to race and ride my bike a was a young teenager with no money and no possibilties to get to the races. So I started to ask strangers in a downhill board if they have place to give me a ride to the races, who turned acutally over the years to my best friends. Thanks Jörgili and Markus K..

I slept in my small tent next to my bike, cooked with camping cookers and washed myself in rivers. It’s sounds unreal but thats how I could afford to race and travel around Austria from 1998 to 2004. It was a good time and i liked it a lot until the day in Tieschen at the 4 cross national champs when some french bmx freestylers thought they must run with car over my tent. It was horrible and I messed up the national champs the following day. Anyway I kept distance from camping since this happening.

But last weekend I turned my Kombi Peugeot in a downhill race sleeping mobil. I placed matresses in it, my -10 degrees sleeping bag fluffy pillow and my “little kitchen”. And everything turned out well.The race was great a nice track, nice weather, no rain and well organised as well. It was a race of the European IXS Cup race series, so many competitors were starting and it was a great atmosphere.

My training went well and I didn’t had much problems with the track. I liked the tight corners. The only thing which I didn’t like at all was the north shore parts and the wooden turns which doesn’t fit in a downhill track.
ixs-cup-spicak-2010.jpg

how was it?

Leogang went well for me. I was satisfied. I stayed always close to the second rider and I nearly passed Sasha Huntingon at the finish line but just “nearly” and nearly is not passed. In the last turn i went outside to get some speed but the deep mud eat my front wheel and I couldn’t built up enough speed to passe her. So I ended up on the 11 position. But for my regret this race was one of my qualification races for the World champs in Canada. My last chance is in Val di Sole in two weeks, where i have to be at least top 6 I guess. I will see what i can do.
After my 4x performance in Leogang at the World cup, I swapped my bike and I raced the European IXS Cup in Leogang. I liked the track and the weather was perfect. Just sunshine and dry underground. I enjoyed it a lot. Many good girls were riding and so the starte field was hot. Tracy mosley von Great Britian won. I came 10th. I was not to satisfied with my place but satisfied with my race run.
After this race I went back home and decided to take a break. My right hip hurt me still a lot when i walked. The doctor told me to take a break from at least 3 weeks so my hip has time to heal a little bit.
Now I am back in Austria and back on my bike. I trained gates today and I felt good. Walking still causes me pain and my walking style has changed but my biking style is the same :-). I won’t go to Champery (SUI) this weekend. It’s to early for me and on this track you should be more than 100% fit. I will be in Val di Sole (Italy) next week to compete in 4X there.
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three weeks

My last 3 weeks were very packed with action and tears. I raced in Koppl in Salzburg three weeks ago and I had a
very bad crash. I felt so good on the my hardtail bike and played with the course, at the end to much. I wanted
to get prepared for Fort Williams as best as a I can for the following weekend. So my goal was to profit as much as I
can from this race before. I double a jump and my front wheel didn’t go over the landing lip so I went over the bars.
It was so high that i land first on my hands and after straight on my back. I couldn’t feel my right leg for about a
minute. Very shocking feeling. But the feelings came back and my pelvis and my right knee hurt even more. I couldn’t get
up and the doctors there ordered an helicopter, because they weren’t sure if my back has fractures.
My back was total scrashed and blue and hurt me too a lot.
So I did my first heli flight to the UKH in Salzburg. There my knee got x rayed and I made a Computer Tomography.
For this I got a contrast liquidity injected and that was such a crazy feeling. They told my that I will feel warm
but I felt so hot, like I was burning from the inside. It was not painful but just not a good feeling. After I the doctor
told me the results and I said that my knee is allright, but I broke a little piece out of my pelvis and that I have
to rest for at least 4 weeks. I started so to cry because (maybe it sounds crazy for you) I counted the weeks in my head
and which races I can’t compete and that would be a lot. The doctor didn’t understand my reaction, how could he?
I think just athlets understand why I counted and cried like this.
I had to stay in the hospital over the night and got one injected after the other to reduce my pain. Actually I was more
afraid of the injections than the pain I would have had without them. The next day I felt so much better and I could
leave. Some friends drove me home in my car and I stayed about one week in bed and didn’t move much. I had crutches and
my flat isn’t that big so I was fine. In the week I started to “go” in the gym and trained the rest of my body and rode
carefully the hometrainer there. Riding felt so much better than walking. When I walked i superextended my hip joint and
then i hurt a lot. when I pedalled I was fine.
In the third week I start to ride my hardtail bike again and tried on the bmx track vösendorf if it hurts a lot or not.
And it didn’t hurt at all. I was happy about that.
I made a second eximination and MR (Magnet resonanz) and for my surprise my doctor told me that I don’t have any broken
bones I “just” have had a shrinking of my cartilages in both of my hips joints since I am born and because of this big
crashed it started to hurt me so much. He told me I can race again if I feel okay and that he wants to see me next week
to talk about the future therapy.
So I decided to race in Leogang (AUS) the world cup. I already missed the last one one week before in Fort Williams.
I just race 4x this time I though maybe both is too much. But I am here now and regretting it a lot that I don’t race both
It so hard for me to step on step back and don’t do to much for the beginning. I love it a lot. I love DH and 4x the same
so I don’t know what I should do. Focusing on one is definetly better but I don’t know on which one. Now i have
to accept it and race just 4x. Ah yes the 4x track- I don’t like it. For girls it isn’t a nice track to ride. The takeoff
lips are round and the first jump is scary, for me it is. I will see how the trainings goes today.

Full report bye LENE
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Maribor World cup : Get dirty…

So this weekend the World cup in Maribor was going on. So Markus, Caroline Buchanan her boyfriend Barry Nobels, my mechanics Martin and Lukas and I were there. It was raining nearly all the time non stop. The track got every run worse but still ride able. So I enjoyed it. Just on friday my second run I felt hard on my head and had a concussion. But the time was pushing. The world cup time table is so packed that you don’t have time for things like this or technical problems. So I waited one hour until my headache stopped and went up again for another run. I cleared all the jumps I wanted to and so I moved on the 4x practice and four cross qualify. I got in the top 16th for the next day with my 12th place. Was allright- I was happy. So the next day in the morning my headache returned I had to kick myself to get out of bed I was so tired. But I got up and did one training run. For my surprise I felt very good and was looking forward to my qualify run. At 12 o clock i went up to the start. I could feel the stress of the girls and you could see it in their faces. I was totally calm. I havn’t felt that for a long time. people who saw me told me I looked fast, so yes my run went perfect …UNTIL I had to pass two girls in front of me and I choosed the worse place to pass- in the rock garden where you normally struggle without having one person lying a cross the track and at an off camber root section. I was yelling at them, I am sure they heard me but didn’t move on or made the way free. So I nearly crashed in her. She was so slow and I can’t understand why she didn’t stop and make the way free. Because when some passing you you will never make it in the top 20 anyway…. When I passed them I still got my best but at the end i lost to much seconds because of these two passing maneuvers.
So yes 27th at the end and not competing on Sunday.
After qualy i jumped back on my 4x bike for training and the race. My first heat was very difficult. I raced against 3 worldcup winners. So not easy at all. Anneke Berten, Jana Horokova, Jana Laboukava. My gate wasn’t very good but I kept up well with them. At the end Jana crashed and I passed her, but still not 2nd and so Jana and I were out.

Next stopp is Koppl a 4x race in Austria.

bye bye LEne

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