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A cycling dream comes true

Updated: April 23, 2012, 2:14 PM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

In February 2007, I entered my first bike race, the Usery Pass Omnium in Arizona. The first stage was a time trial that took less than 20 minutes, but provided plenty of time for me to make four awesome rookie mistakes:

• I pinned my race numbers on upside down.

• I forgot to fill my water bottle.

• I didn't tighten down my clip-on aerobars, which began to dangle in the wind.

• I blocked ...

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