Katie, the beautiful daughter of that force of nature known as Debra Brown, is into diving and tumbling. Basically, she’s a lot like her mother: she likes falling down but unlike her mother, she prefers not to land on her head!

Now, I could have called this post, “the places we train,” because I want you to notice Debra’s sunny patio and dark basement. Debra perched herself on the patio to get as close to outdoor riding as possible while recovering from a shoulder injury. You all recognize the basement. Many of you have put yourself in dark places to train, as if you were striving to be not simply “indoor” but as far “indoor” as possible. Well, you are all freaks and to be honest, you smell a little funky–a strange mixture of the laundry room in an old age home and that weird pencil-like smell of cloakrooms in a kindergarten.

The point of this post, however, is that if you leave a bike in a computrainer long enough, passers-by are drawn to it, and some eventually want to check it out. Cycling networks extend into the curious shadows. As for Katie, I’m guessing tumblers are inherently curious about what their body’s are capable of doing, in a twisted kind of way. So here’s a photo of Katie. Let’s call it “Katie: Phase 1”

"Just so all you lame cyclists know, if I wasn't wearing flip-flops I'd freak mom out by doing a double tsukahara with a twist off the handlebars and tumble into the ravine!"

Then summer ended and fall began… Katie: Phase 2

"Just so all you lame cyclists know... I'm only doing this again because I thought it was a cool coincidence that the red head tube and tires match my wrist band and shorts. It's like I was supposed to be sitting on this thing!"

15 mins later: “Mom! Stop playing with the stupid computer!! I don’t care about peak watts! Ok, ok, I’ll do one sprint for you then I’ve got to go change and meet friends. So how does this thing work anyway?”

Katie is Debra Brown's daughter. Enough said.

About Scott Toguri McFarlane

Scott Toguri McFarlane is a former Elite racer, and the founder of Toguri Training Services. For more than a decade, his approach to training has helped aspiring professional racers, provincial team members, and recreational cyclists of all ages and ability achieve their goals, including gold medals at National and Provincial Championships.

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