iOS Native App using Titanium Studio

Purpose: To create a native mobile app that utilizes features specific to a native device. I chose to use the accelerometer, camera, and the shake gesture.

Technologies: Titanium Studio, Javascript,  iTunes Connect

If you want to bore your

self for 3.5 minutes, and watch me talk about the app and demo it, go right ahead:

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Web Application – Google App Engine

Purpose: The goal of this assignment was to use the google application engine’s datastore to implement a contact list with both text and photos.  Contacts are also editable after submission.

Technologies: The backend code is Java, using JSPs. Other technologies used: HTML, CSS, Javascript, AJAX


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Single page website with mailchimp signup

Purpose: To create a simple website with Mailchimp form integration.

Technologies: HTML5, CSS3, Mailchimp, Javascript

View project here

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Responsive mobile web front end

Purpose: For my mobile/cloud development class, we had to create a responsive mobile website that would adapt to various screen sizes. There are three pages: a landing/navigation page, a photo gallery page, and a form page.

Technologies: Jquery Mobile, Jquery Validate, HTML, CSS

View the project here

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Web Development / Databases class project

Through my own work and school projects, I have created a variety of websites and applications.

School Project: Web development and Databases class

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to utilize front end and back-end technologies to create a web application that connects to a MySQL database, manages user accounts, and utilizes an API that was not taught during the class. We were also tasked with using AJAX for form validation.

Technologies: PHP, MySQL, MySQLi, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Google Map API, AJAX

I chose to “redesign” the USA Cycling database, in anticipation of adding on additional features that the current USA Cycling website does not have such as automatically calculating upgrade points, etc.

Databases / Web project

Google Map API


View the project here

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Ladera Ranch Grand Prix

The 3:20pm race start was a welcome change to the 7am start time from last week, however it meant that our San Diego contingent would all get stuck in traffic on the trip up to Orange County. Without any warmup and a quick pre-race meeting with Dominic of Incycle, Jenny, Trina, and Tammy lined up alongside me & Bea for the Ladera Ranch Grand Prix. We had a pretty good sized women’s field of 29 motivated ladies in the Women’s 1-2-3 race.

Despite having no warm-up, Jenny, Trina, and Tammy were very active during the beginning of the race. They all covered or initiated attacks during the first 10 minutes of the race.  Not too much later, I covered a move and found myself in a break. Jenny bridged shortly after and were 8 riders with 2 SC Velo, PC and Suzanne from Helen’s, Charity from SBW, Hannah from Strive, Melina from Primal, and Jessica Cerra from JLVelo/Focus.  We were later joined by Erin Gunn of Catalyst who bridged across. With the help fo the Helen’s and SC Velo teams controlling the main field, the break quickly gained time on the main field.

Since Jenny and I were together, I figured our best change for a team win would be for me to set her up. the goal was to get her in a good position and then lead her out, hopefully starting her sprint ahead of PC & Suzanne since both of them are good sprinters.  I made my way up to the front going into the final lap.

I led the field around turn 1 and heard the horrible sound of bikes hitting the ground. I stayed looking forward for a while, not wanting to cause further issues, but after there was silence for a few seconds, I peeked back and saw daylight. There was nobody close to me at the moment. I got my focus back, and concentrated on the final three sides of the course. By the last turn, I could start to see Melina in the distance, but knew I had the win locked up.  Melina Bernecker and Jessica Cerra rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively.  Trina also showed great form by taking the field sprint!

This win was with mixed emotions. I’m happy & proud to have delivered a win for my team and our sponsors; it’s been a long time coming! Of course, this is not the way that I’d like to win a race I hate to see my teammate and competitors hit the ground. I’m happy to say that nobody was badly injured and they will all be back racing in no time!

When it came down to it, I was in the right position and luck was on my side. Thanks so much to our sponsors who have believed in us all season: Incycle, SC Velo, Cannondale, JL Velo, iRT, GU, & Smith Optics!  Without their support, this all wouldn’t have been possible.


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CBR Cool n’ Fit Crit

When Trina, Tammy, Jenny, and I lined up at 7am with the master’s 55+/60+ for our first CBR race of the season, we thought they were going to race us all together & score separate. However, the officials told us that the women were going to start a minute after the men. Both races did a memorial lap in honor of Chris Cono (Who died after a crash in the previous CBR race, & proceeds were going to this race).

Attacks started quickly, mostly from Helen’s (also had four riders racing) and us. A few laps into the race, PC  from Helen’s attacked and I followed. The two of us had a gap and were working together to maintain it. After a few laps we were joined by my Teammate Trina, Suzanne from Helen’s and Amy from UCSD.  After a bit, Amy and Trina dropped off and it was just me, Suzanne and PC. After a little time as a trio, we were joined by Jenny and Hannah (Strive racing).

Eventually, Jenny and PC would drop off and were were left with me, Suzanne and Hannah. By the this final break was established, the men’s race was catching us. Throughout the remainder of the race, the three of us had to maneuver around the men’s field, to avoid drafting. We went back and forth a few times and ended up in front of their main field, behind a few breakaway riders.  Suzanne’s experience was extremely useful in helping us choose which lines to take, especially when we were consistently blocked by a full field of men

Suzanne & I were doing all of the work, as Hannah was struggling to pull through. I knew my only shot at a win was to make a move early, since Suzanne is an amazing sprinter. I tried once with one to go and again with 2 corners to go, but couldn’t shake Suzanne. When we reached final stretch, Hannah did not contest the sprint. Suzanne took 1st and I took second.

In the main field, Tammy drilled it in the last lap, keeping the pace fast for Trina and Jenny to go 1-2 in the field sprint for 4th and 5th!

This race was a great team effort and everyone contributed to our success of putting 3 riders in the top 5!   I couldn’t have done it without all of them!

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District Time Trials

Not much to say about the district ITT. I had a decent time, bettering last year’s time by over a minute. However, some seriously strong ladies were out and I missed the podium by one spot and about 30 seconds.

Holly and I did the Team Time Trial together. I have more TT experience than she does, so our goal was to use both our strengths to get the fastest time possible. We finished on the podium in second. Read Holly’s report here (It’s better than this one!):

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Chuck Pontius

I was the lone SC Velo rider in this race! The race was 1-4 so very mixed bag of abilities and bike handling.  Helen’s had a big team, but there were also strong solo and duo riders like Katie Donovan, Joy McCulloch, Julie Cutts/Alicia Silvera, etc.  I thought given the mixed field and the strong riders, a break might happen if the right Helen’s girl was in it, so I did jump on many moves that went. I also went for & won the first prem of the race (pink gloves!)

There were a few short-lived breakaway attempts but nothing survived more than a few laps.  The officials chose not to pull dropped riders since there was a wide range of abilities in the field, however that proved somewhat dangerous when  passing around turns. The race ended in a field sprint and I came in 8th.

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San Luis Rey Road Race

The San Luis Rey road race is 73 miles long and we complete 5 laps of the same course. There is a single climb per lap that is at the end, heading towards the finish.  While multiple laps of the same course can be boring, I do like them as a reminder to eat and hydrate. I planned to eat GU after each lap and drink at least 1/2 bottle of GU brew per lap.

We knew there were a handful of incredibly strong riders in our field, and my job was to try to conserve energy until critical moments when they attacked the climbs.  Jenny would also try to do the same. Trina and Pam did an incredible job of keeping me protected and out of the wind.  Trina, Pam, and Jenny all made sure to have one of us represented in any move, even though most of them were short-lived. Trina made sure I had water, and even paced the first half of the climb on lap 3!

Photo: TRU Cycling

The climb on 4 is when the real racing began.  Jessica Cerra led the climb and set a hot pace. She was followed by Tracy Tilton and Julie Cutts. Behind them were Kirsten Darley, Hannah Swan, and then myself. Just as we could see the top of the climb, Jessica accelerated. I lost contact with Kirsten and Hannah by 10 seconds or so, and they were gone. I looked back and there was a large gap between me and the next rider. I kept on pushing, hoping to catch Hannah and Kirsten.

Part way through the fist half of lap 5, I was caught by the main field. We could still see Kirsten and Hannah up the road and I thought we’d have a good chance of catching them. I wasn’t sure if LaGrange would participate in the chase since Julie was up the road, but I thought they might want to catch the two riders and have a chance at 4th and 5th place (of course, not chase after that point).  At this point in the race, Pam, Jenny and I were in the main field and we had no riders up the road. The group was not chasing effectively, and Pam told me that if we didn’t start to work together, we needed to start attacking out of the field. I was still tired from my solo efforts and figured I’d like her and Jenny make the first go. As I took a pull at the front over a small rise, I looked back and had a little gap. After having just recently talked to Pam about attacking the field, I figured it’d be a good idea to keep going.

I was back in no man’s land for the rest of the race. I continued to see Hannah and Kirsten but didn’t have enough steam to close the gap on my own.  The motorcycle came up to me at the last turn and told me I had 45 seconds. I still had to go up the climb, and I knew there were some strong climbers in the main field still. I kept on the gas as much as I could and when mid-way up the climb he told me I still had 45 seconds I was feeling pretty good about my chances for holding on. I crossed the line solo in 6th place. Pam won the field sprint in 7th, and Jenny crossed in 9th.  While I wish I could have had a better finish for my team, I am so grateful for the communication and teamwork that we had and for our incredible sponsors that have been supporting us all season!

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