Airman cycles in USA Biking Championships

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Employees Sgt. Bryant Lopez-Cepero, 50th Community Operations Group coaching supervisor at Schriever Air Drive Base, Colorado, participated within the USA Biking Nationwide Championships July 2 – eight in Los Angeles, California.

Lopez-Cepero’s biking enthusiasm began after getting back from his first deployment in Kuwait, the place his supervisor advised he check out a motorbike to assist get in form.

Shortly after he returned from abroad, Lopez-Cepero moved to Travis AFB, California, the place there was an indoor biking observe area in close by San Jose, California.

“It was a two hour drive there each Saturday,†he stated. “My USA Biking Nationals coach stated, ‘You is likely to be good at sprinting, it is best to contemplate being a observe sprinter.’â€

After two and a half years in California, Lopez-Cepero moved to Turkey, and it was there the place he obtained into good condition, dash coaching six days every week for 4 to 6 hours a day.

“Sprinting is a ton of enjoyable,†he stated. “It’s type of like excessive depth interval coaching.â€

When Lopez-Cepero arrived at Schriever AFB in July of 2018, he started coaching earlier than and after work on the Olympic Coaching Middle.

“The primary three months right here I might barely breathe,†he stated. “My bodily coaching take a look at went from 90 to 86 – I don’t even know what occurred.â€

Lopez-Cepero’s coaching paid off, as he certified for USA Biking Nationals, taking him again to California for the occasion in Los Angeles.

“It was actually nice,†he stated. “I hadn’t competed at that stage since I used to be stationed at Travis [AFB], the place I used to be on the backside of the board.â€

Lopez-Cepero completed fifth out of 22 groups within the staff dash, 19th within the match dash, ninth within the one kilometer time trial and 15th within the kiering.

“I used to be actually proud of that outcome,†he stated. “I used to be on tempo to get a bronze medal within the staff dash occasion, however I slipped going into the final nook.

“General, I had a good quantity of dangerous luck, however represented nicely contemplating I used to be racing the very best within the nation and the world document holder within the one kilometer time trial,†Lopez-Cepero continued.

Lopez-Cepero stated probably the most troublesome half about biking basically is the stability between work and play.

“I picked a sport that requires a whole lot of time to coach,†he stated. “I additionally need to stability work with it as a result of if you wish to be the entire Airman, it’s a must to dedicate a whole lot of time exterior of labor.â€

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