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 â€“ eight in Los Angeles, California.
Lopez-Ceperoâ€™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.
â€œIt was a two hour drive there each Saturday,â€ he stated. â€œMy USA Biking Nationals coach stated, â€˜You is likely to be good at sprinting, it is best to contemplate being a observe sprinter.â€™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.
â€œSprinting is a ton of enjoyable,â€ he stated. â€œItâ€™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.
â€œThe primary three months right here I might barely breathe,â€ he stated. â€œMy bodily coaching take a look at went from 90 to 86 â€“ I donâ€™t even know what occurred.â€
Lopez-Ceperoâ€™s coaching paid off, as he certified for USA Biking Nationals, taking him again to California for the occasion in Los Angeles.
â€œIt was actually nice,â€ he stated. â€œI hadnâ€™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.
â€œI used to be actually proud of that outcome,â€ he stated. â€œI used to be on tempo to get a bronze medal within the staff dash occasion, however I slipped going into the final nook.
â€œGeneral, 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,â€ Lopez-Cepero continued.
Lopez-Cepero stated probably the most troublesome half about biking basically is the stability between work and play.
â€œI picked a sport that requires a whole lot of time to coach,â€ he stated. â€œI 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€