A Day in the Life: Para-cyclist Clara Brown Trains for World Championships

By Melissa Zhang | March 12, 2019, 9 a.m. (ET)

U.S. Paralympics followed Para-cyclist and resident athlete Clara Brown around for one day at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center as she gets ready for the upcoming 2019 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, taking place March 14-17. The Falmouth, Maine, native moved to the OTC in January after winning the national title in the women’s C3 individual pursuit and time trial last December, and is a member of the U.S. national team competing at worlds. See below for a photo gallery documenting everything Brown does in a day: 

Para-cyclist Clara Brown talks to a specialist in the Sports Medicine department of the Olympic Training Center.
After a quick bite to eat, Brown leaves her room and goes to an 8 a.m. physical therapy appointment at the Olympic Training Center’s sports medicine center.

Para-cyclist Clara Brown sits in the recovery lounge with Normatec leg sleeves on.
Before leaving sports medicine, Brown heads into the recovery lounge to use the Normatec compression sleeves on her legs for approximately 45 minutes.

Para-cyclist Clara Brown talks to a specialist in the Sports Medicine department of the Olympic Training Center.
Brown heads upstairs for a 10 a.m. workout in the High Altitude Training Center (HATC). She adjusts the bike prior to the training session, swapping the machine’s saddle out for one of her own.

Jason Macom, Clara Brown and Chris Murphy train in the High Altitude Training Center.
The hour-long training session takes place with teammates Chris Murphy (R) and Jason Macom (L), and is led by high performance associate director Sarah Hammer. The HATC is adjusted to reflect the altitude, humidity and oxygen levels in the Netherlands, where the cyclists will be competing.

Para-cyclist Clara Brown talks to a specialist in the Sports Medicine department of the Olympic Training Center.
Brown recently won her first national title at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Velodrome, taking first in the women’s C3 individual pursuit and time trial. This will be her first appearance at a world championship event.

Jason Macom, Chris Murphy and Clara Brown listen to an Olympic Training Center employee give advice about how their individual bodies respond to exercise.
Team sports physiologist Carwyn Sharp talks with Brown and her teammates after conducting blood tests during their workouts. After collecting some personalized data, Sharp explains some of the science behind their physical responses to competition and strenuous exercise.

Para-cyclist and resident athlete Clara Brown walks to the Peter Ueberroth Athlete Center.
To refuel from the workout, Brown heads over to the Peter Ueberroth Athlete Center for lunch at the dining hall. 

Resident-athlete Clara Brown gets food from the dining hall for lunch.
Brown getting food from the dining hall’s lunch buffet. The buffet is an all-you-can-eat format, featuring a salad bar, hot food and daily specials.

Resident-athlete Clara Brown sits down for lunch in the dining hall at the Olympic Training Center.
After sitting down at a table, Brown begins lunch, sitting with fellow teammate and resident-athlete Jason Macom.

Clara Brown checks the tire pressure of her bike's wheels at the Olympic Training Center Velodrome.
After a quick trip to her room for an extra cycling outfit, Brown heads to the Olympic Training Center Velodrome for a 2 p.m. training session on the track. She first checks to make sure her tires have the correct air pressure.

Clara Brown sits on a bench prior to a training session on the cycling track at the Olympic Training Center Velodrome.
Brown sits on a bench at the Velodrome prior to getting on the track. Here, she is training with Murphy and Hammer once again, along with teammate Justin Widhalm.

Four cyclists train on the track at the Olympic Training Center Velodrome.
The cyclists get out onto the track for their training, with Hammer providing feedback and instructions from the side. Brown does both group and individual cycling during the approximately two-hour session.

Para-cyclist Clara Brown pets Sedona, the dog of high performance director Sarah Hammer.
In between training sessions, Brown pets Sedona, Hammer’s dog, who is often at team events and practices.

Para-cyclist Clara Brown smiles after she completes her training session at the Olympic Training Center Velodrome.
Brown is all smiles after wrapping up the final training session of the day.