Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interesting reads

• Nathan Wallace tested positive for Oxilofrine (stimulant) at the Queensland Natural Physique Titles. Mr Wallace received a three-month period of ineligibility which commenced on 4 October 2008, being time already served.

To give you the truth about what happened with Nathan Wallace. He failed for Oxilofrine which came from ALRI Hyperdrive. An over the counter supplement used by plenty of natural competitors. He also contacted the INBA/ASADA about whether the product was on the banned list before he took his sponsorship from ALRI and was told by the INBA/ASADA that it was fine to take.

Oxilofrine does not appear on the list of ingredients on the bottle (of Hyperdrive) anywhere and Oxilofrine can't be bought as a single product in Australia. The product has since been taken of the shelves in Australia by the TGA.

Now, here's what I learned in retrospect. When ALRI first put out Hyperdrive, it was called 'Venom' Hyperdrive. It was marketed as a powerful B vitamin. Then, after athletes started getting popped for oxilofrine violations, they put a synonym for oxilofrine on their label called methyl synephrine. If an athlete (like me) researched the product prior to the label change (see label before change in the post below), they would have no way of knowing.

Let me say, right now, all I'm trying to do is find a way to sleep at night.

Best wishes,
-F

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

WHAT???

Dear all,

If you are reading this now it is likely that you are here looking for more info about the two-year cycling sanction that USADA sought against me. Well, I am sad to say, that it is true. I am still in a state of shock after hearing about the decision today. And mind you, I wasn’t called by USADA or the Arbitrator and given the news before it was posted and made public. No, a friend of mine in Sacramento sent me a message saying that he had read it online in Velonews. I would say that of all the ways to find out such bad news, that was maybe the worst.

For the last several months I have been privately dealing with the positive drug test that I gave at the end of last year. The test result was due to my use of an over the counter product that I thought was safe called Hyperdrive 3.0. Regrettably, the product contained a compound called Methyl Synephrine, which is an optical isomer of Oxilofrine, which is a banned substance. Neither compound was listed on the ingredients label of Hyperdrive 3.0 that I researched. I did not knowingly ingest the banned substance, and the arbitrator that heard the case commented in his report that he believed me.

Needless to say, I am feeling pretty rocked right now. I thought that once I explained everything that the arbitrator would clearly understand that I did not intend to take the banned substance, I didn’t even know it was in there! But, the USADA rules are pretty biased against those that give + tests. For example, here is one section of the rule book:

Riders must refrain from using any substance, foodstuff, food supplement or drink of which they do not know the composition. It must be emphasized that the composition indicated on a product is not always complete. The product may contain prohibited substances not listed in the composition.


So, that’s about that. There isn’t much I can do. Clearly, I didn’t know the composition of all of the food that I was eating and the products that I was using. Mostly because, not all of the ingredients were listed on the label. Like I said, I’m not sure what more I can do.

Best wishes,
F

Oh, and here is the product to beware. Note, the label is now different than what you see here (click to enlarge):

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tour de Limousin

Unexpected...but delightful 4th overall! I didn't go into this race feeling super confident, specially after the 10 days of hard racing...I wasn't quite sure whether or not I was ready to tackle another stage race. But I must have done something right...well I had help! After the giro I called Max (Testa) and talked to him about my riding and the things I need to work on....blah blah but the most important thing he said was that I needed to recover between the tours...so I did. As an athlete you always think that more is better, well I had to trust what he said that I needed to do just the opposite...to recharge. Then there I was in france...had a great first stage, well could have been better had I not "choked' but still I was happy with my riding. There is always a lesson to be learned and things that can be improved. In a short version of what happened, I found myself having to bridge to the break of three riders in the last 10km of the race, after having worked for my teammate tatiana (guderzo)setting her up for the queen of the mountains jersey, keeping our break away (we were 10) to keep her fresh for the finish. Well, after the last GPM(QOM) a counter containing those three riders Grace Verbeke (lotto belisol) Ruth Corset( Austr. Nat team) and Alexandra burchenkova (russia nat team) and tatiana told me i had to bridge....holy crap! I was totally gassed by then, but I got on it and for about 1-2kms I chased and made my way to the break....took a lot of work..once I got there I thought that I was going to get popped on the rollers....but I kept telling myself ..NO NO WAY YOU ARE NOT GONNA GIVE UP NOW! So I stuck it out, but wasn't very smart coming into the finish...and also not very confident either. 2 big mistakes...and I am working on that ;o) so hopefully I won't be making the same mistakes on the next races to come. After that stage all I had to do is defend my position, or try to move up in GC which was really hard, since the only hilly stage was the first one, the others where all power climbs (sprinters climbs lol) and ended up either in a bunch sprint or in a break not containing any GC riders...it was much harder for me than you can imagine...so much work when nothing gets away and comes back together in the end! It was a great race, and I learned so much...have lots of work to do!!I will post pics when they became available, as of right now, I have none. ... sorry!

MORE SWITZERLAND!





What can I say! I love SWITZERLAND! the most beautiful country ever! After the Tour in Limousin, I got to stay @ Oscar+Kelly's agian! Oh man, it was so good to get out of the team house, and recharge the mind and body! I was able to do some awesome training in the swiss alps of St. Moritz. I 've heard about that place as a little girl when my dad used to tell me about his rendeuvous in europe. My dad was big into traveling. It was magical. Until I had been told, in the middle of the ride, that it wasn't only 120km, but instead 170km!! I had ran out of food! we still had one last pass to make...this one 22km with 2300meters of climbing. LOL and in the middle of nowhere(beautiful nowhere).... I was ahead in the climb and was thinking to myself ...there has to be something up here, a gas station, a bakery, a restaurant any place that I can get some food at! At a distance, I spotted this little town, not much there, but still that was my last hope, as I was on the verge of bonking, I did not hesitate when I saw the first place I thought would have something to eat, I stopped, walked in, it was a sit down dinner, people were sitting outside in the patio enjoying a quite, quaint little afternoon late lunch, and this mad cyclist comes in, searching for a quick bite to eat. I didn't find any pastries, or cookies, they didnt really have anything set out. That's when I saw the only pie in the store....it was a carmel walnut pie with buttery crust! I was sold...didnt think twice about it... the lady was going to serve it to me on a plate, but i said no ...its to go... i paid my 4.80 francs and out the door I was. I was already half way done with it between paying for it and getting on my bike to get back on the road! People were looking at me...and all i could think about was...thank goodness for this piece of pie....and not only that ...it was one of the most delicious pie I have ever had, too bad I couldn't fully enjoy it...i ate it so fast ! But it was what got me back to the car that day!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

2009 GIRO DONNE



I can't believe I have just finished racing one of the most prestigious races in europe.  Not only that, this years edition of the Giro was considered one of the HARDEST yet.  Needless to say I was surrounded by incredible athletes, women that I admire and look up to, that inspired me to push myself to see what I can do, how far I can go.  
Truth be told it did not start out that great, prolog was flat and fast and furious, and I had several mechanical problems with my tt bike for the 15km time trial.  I was very frustrated and upset. But I had to be realistic with  myself and put that behind me since I knew I couldn't expect to do incredibly well in the tt since I had only ridden the bike a few days before and had not done much specific training for it. But as an athlete that is also very hard to swallow.  So after my tt disappointment I cried ( away from everyone)...let out all of my frustrations and started fresh! Sometimes that helps...a lot! Specially when you are in a place where your support system is not there to encourage you and put things into perspective.  Thats tough, probably the toughest thing to go through...alone.  I miss my people.  The people that believe I can conquer and overcome and encourage me, push me to do the best that I can do. I have been incredibly blessed to have so many people like that in my life.  Even from far away I carry those encouraging words with, just wish I could hear them more often....stinks when we are on the road its hard to get internet service! But my heart gets filled once I have the opportunity to check my emails and fb msgs.  Thank you soo much for all the positive energy sent my way!
Things began to change when we started to head uphill!!I was able to make up time I had gained on the tt and then some!To have finished 14th overall was an incredible feeling.  I know its not like winning the darned thing...but for my first big euro stage race...I was very happy! I just want to say thank you so much to all you (you know who you are!) who have been there for me through think and thin! I hope I can keep up the good work!!till then keep on sending the love!! check out the stages and results here: ttp://www.girodonne.it/portale/

Thursday, June 25, 2009

hardest ever...so far!giro de trentino stage2

Ok so that was the second stage of giro de trentino.  it was a super hard race with several heavy hitters present, like Nicole Cooke, Judith Ardnt, Fabiana Luperini(who won this race over 7x and been on the podium at least 11x).  106km...lots of climbing... very hot, and humid, we had very wierd weather for this race. Either way I was out of acqua for the last 20km! I was so dehydrated at the end my lips were stuck together! But I that was my best finish so far.  I came in 13th, just 1 outside of the UCI points...yah its a bummer but man...felt like a win to me.  I couldn't believe that I was in the top 15 with the best climbers ! Maybe there is still some hope for me, being that started in 2006 and its my first year in the euro scene.  I learned a LOT that day...dig dig dig...deep! Those women are incredible!! I want to be like that!! 

L'altimetria

Results - Cycling - Road 2009 2008 

Women 
 Elite  Giro del Trentino (ITA) 
19 Jun 2009 - Stage 2: Riva del Garda - Faedo Pineta
RankNameNat.TeamAge*ResultPaRPcR
1Nicole COOKEGBRVOR263:07:121616
2Carla RYANAUSCWT243:07:201111
3Svetlana BUBNENKOVARUSFEN363:07:3066
4Kimberly ANDERSONUSATCW413:07:4355
5Judith ARNDTGERTCW333:12:3744
6Mara ABBOTTUSATCW243:12:4122
7Claudia HÄUSLERGERCWT243:12:43
8Edita PUCINSKAITELTUGAU343:12:53
9Fabiana LUPERINIITAMSI353:13:11
10Trixi WORRACKGERNUR283:13:23
11Christel FERRIER-BRUNEAUFRAVOR303:13:41
12Diana ZILIUTELTUSAF333:13:54
13Flavia OLIVEIRAUSAMIC283:13:56
14Patricia SCHWAGERSUICWT263:13:58
15Modesta VZESNIAUSKAITELTUBCT263:14:00