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Lisa Serao

currently reside in Surprise Arizona with my partner, and our menagerie of dogs and cats (for those that want to keep score, we have 3 dogs and 3 cats).  By day, I work in the HR field as a Recruiter.  In between work, animal management, and following the Anaheim Angels, I am a bike geek.

I think my obsession with cycling can be traced back to my childhood when my dad’s buddy, Johnny D, would ride his bike to our house – he wore cycling shoes, a funny hat, and tight pants.  I always thought it was cool when he showed up, visited for a bit, had a snack, and rode off towards home.  I grew up in Marin County California during the time when mountain biking was emerging.  Soon, Johnny D had a clunker, and after a couple of years, my dad started riding as well.  After that it was all down hill – I was bit.

As a teenager, one of my prized Christmas presents one year was a Univega road bike.  I had a love / hate relationship with mountain biking at that age; I loved the freedom and riding in the outdoors, but I hated the climbs.  I took a break from cycling for a few years, and then got back into it with a vengeance.  I started to train, and competed in local races.  I had some success, but my best memories were not always of the races, but of the rides.  I remember the rides, the friends, the camaraderie, and the travels.  We visited Moab, Downieville, Lake Tahoe and Nevada City.  We rode the trails at Boggs Mountain, Mt Tam, The Headlands, and China Camp. Those were some good times, filled with some great memories and spectacular riding.

Sometimes, good things come to an end; a career called, as did a move to Southern California.  For the first couple of years, I was able to ride, and meet new friends in LA.  Then my career became time consuming, and demanding.  I lost time to ride, but never the passion that I had for cycling.  I followed the Tour, still rode when I could, kept up with my cycling magazine subscriptions; I even bought a dream bike.  I learned a dream bike is not much fun if you don’t have the fitness to enjoy it.  A couple of years ago, I decided to make a change.  I changed careers, with the hopes that I would have more time to experience the things I enjoy – including cycling.

What a great ride it has been so far!  I am looking forward to sharing my next chapter as it rolls out!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Maryann Sinerius permalink
    March 9, 2010 2:19 pm

    Congratulations, Lisa. This is awesome. I look forward to tracking your success.

  2. Karen Mc permalink
    March 9, 2010 4:30 pm

    Here’s to setting goals and reaching them ! Watch out fellow cyclist’s she’s
    rollin at century pace.
    Karen

  3. Kerri permalink
    April 30, 2010 9:22 am

    Kepp working toward your goals and living your dream! I’m proud of you love!

  4. September 9, 2010 3:12 pm

    thanks lisa we’re all still pedalling. remember the time we went over mount tamalpias,
    the birth of the mountain bike on my tandem in the dirt. that was a kool day with
    my best buddy’s younger daughter on the back. shit i think she was 16.

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