Karen fell back in love with cycling after giving birth to her 4th child. She had been a distance runner most of her adult life but damaged her knees during pregnancy. It was then her doctor told her to get a bike and ride it for a year while her knees healed. She rode solo every day and discovered her passion for riding; she was in bliss riding 100-200 miles a week. But, eventually she got a bit bored riding alone. It was then she decided to join a local bike club. It was a blast! Karen discovered she loved climbing hills and could beat the young guys up most of the hills. It during these rides she was convinced to try racing. She was a bit apprehensive at first; she was 42 years old after all and thought to herself, “Who does that at this age?”. But her answer was, “Me!” The rest is history. She wound up racing for 14 years with a few successes. Her strengths were in time trials and road races. And although she doesn’t race anymore, she still enjoys a good cat and mouse chase once in awhile during her free spirit rides. She also stays involved with racing in other ways and was the founding host Housing Coordinator for the Tour of America's Daiyland (ToAD).