Physician, wife, mother, athlete. These are just a few of the ways to describe this amazing Bendite. Carrie and her husband Mathew Day moved their family to Bend in 2014 so that Carrie could take a position as a family physician at the Shevlin Park High Lakes Healthcare Center. Little did she know how that decision would change her life for the better. She immediately began exploring Central Oregon and its wonderful opportunities for sports and recreation. She became involved with Dirt Divas, the women’s mountain bike program at Pine Mountain Sports.
Carrie not only found biking to be incredibly fun, but more importantly she discovered a strong network of friends, one of whom convinced her into competing in a local bike race. Surprised by how much she enjoyed competing, she soon purchased a used cyclocross bike from a local swap meet, and the die was cast. She adapted quickly and began developing the skills to excel at the sport. In the fall of 2015, Carrie raced her way through the Thrilla Cyclocross Series in Bend, finishing her inaugural season with a 3rd place finish at Bend's infamous Halloween Cross Crusade and claiming the top spot overall in the series.
She was hooked, and secured a place on the Deschutes Brewery Cyclocross team for 2016. Growing confidence and love for the challenge of competition carried her through the 2016 season where she again won the Thrilla Series. Astoundingly, she reached the podium in almost every race she entered, including a big win at the Cascade Locks race.
While winning is a lot of fun Carrie points out that “the most import aspect of cyclocross racing comes from the camaraderie of being a part of a great Bend-based team and racing against women who are the epitome of strength and grace”. Through cyclocross, Carrie has found more balance in all aspects of her life and this has influenced the way she counsels patients to make healthy lifestyle choices. She now challenges her patients to find their own confidence through athletic endeavors.
What next for Carrie? “My goal is to create a multidisciplinary clinic for women physicians, physical therapists, nutritionists and psychologists to inspire their patients to decrease their vascular risk factors through cycling and nutritional programs. "For me, helping others discover their own power and strength through cycling, and seeing the measurable improvements in their health, would be the priceless melding of my personal and professional passions.”
Carrie hopes to see continued growth for Bend, but hopes for more balanced development as we all seek to preserve the natural beauty that we have here in Central Oregon.
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Story credit: Todd Yerman