Kristin Armstrong Eyes 2012 Olympic Games
A month after giving birth, Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champ Kristin Armstrong is returning to pro cycling in hopes of joining the United States team for the 2012 London Olympics.
London at the Olympics the following summer. Equally important, so does Jim Miller, her coach at USA Cycling.
"To be honest, I think a lot of women missed out on winning a world championship this year, because it's going to very tough the next two years" with Armstrong riding again, Miller said.
With toddler in tow, she'll alter her training, which begins in earnest Nov. 1. Gone from her schedule are those rain-splattered European spring classics in Belgium or Holland that she once used to hone her fitness. They'd demand too much time away from family.
Instead, Armstrong plans to take a less-glamorous route: racing against men in local races in Idaho's windy southern desert starting in February and March before focusing on the U.S. domestic race calendar.
Her husband, who runs the Boise-based bicycle component company she helped found that now supplies men's teams in the Tour de France, will travel with Lucas to races. While Kristin is out training, Joe also has two older sisters who will play nanny.
And she's already got this dream for 2012: Lucas, in Joe's arms, at the Olympic finish line in London, cheering her on -- not just as a bike racer, but as mom.
"It's going to give me extra motivation to get to the finish line faster," she said.