Because sometimes, nifty experiences are difficult to categorize....
In 2015, I was nominated by a dear friend for the Arc'teryx 'Define Feminine' contest. I was incredibly fortunate to have my nomination chosen from over 1200 nominations to join Arc'teryx and a handful of its athletes on a week-long climbing, trail running, and paddling adventure on the West Coast of Canada. The four winning nominees were chosen based on 'dedication to an adventurous lifestyle and the ability to inspire others to get outside'.
The Sports Technology Education @ MIT program hosted a competitive-entry workshop in Taiwan in January, 2015. The workshop was hosted by Singtex, Okuma, and Sheico and focused on engineering design, consumer experience, and public policy related to sports technology innovation.
For two years, I worked with a group of talented engineers to redefine how athletes recover from lower-extremity injuries. We developed a brace which bridges the gap from no-to-full weight bearing in order to help athletes maintain strength and minimize complications associated with the periods of immobilization that typically accompany an injury.
We completed a proof-of-concept prototype in the spring of 2014 which lead to success in business competitions throughout Canada and the USA. In 2015, we worked with a team of students to improve the design of the knee-joint and weight bearing mechanisms. Currently, this project is on hold while the members of the engineering team finish their Master's degrees!
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In the fall of 2014, I entered my first-ever downhill mountain bike race. The MIT Cycling Team does a fantastic job of recruiting and supporting riders. This supportive environment inspired me to take on the role of mountain bike team captain in the summer of 2015. Being captain meant I was in charge of race weekend logistics, recruiting new riders, planning the MIT 'Sliderule Shredfest' race, and assembling a team for the Collegiate National Championships. Personally, I had a very successful season that culminated in a first-place finish in the Eastern Championship Women's Downhill.
I'll be back for more next season!
I love to find new ways to get familiar with the outdoor gear that I rely on. This winter, I broke a pair of skis for the first time. Sad as it was, it gave me the opportunity to try my hand at mounting my new pair of skis. Although drilling holes into brand new skis turned out to be a mildly anxiety-inducing experience, successfully snapping my boots into my bindings for the first time was truly rewarding. I now have a special connection to my new setup!