CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Alise Post loves living her life in the fast lane.
"Nothing compares to that feeling you get when you're lined up and everything is silent and the gate cadence call is starting and it's a random start and you hear the beep go,” says Post. “And it It's like horses getting out of the block."
For the 25-year-old St. Cloud native, success has come quickly in the male dominated sport of BMX racing.
Though she only stands 5-foot-2 it's hard not to notice Post. At the Olympic training Center in Chula Vista, she's often one of the few women on the track. Deftly maneuvering curves and jumps that dwarf her power packed frame and doing so with no fear. A far cry from the girl who began by chasing her brothers around her family's track in St. Cloud.
"Yeah, I didn't want to do it at the time I thought it was scary, the hill was too big,” Post laughs. “Which is extremely ironic considering the size of the hills we are going down now. It was always fun, I was just always playing catch up with my brothers and it was a sport our family did together.”
The Post family is as solid as the name suggests. Which is why it was such a shock to Alise when her mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma in 2013. A year after her first Olympics and the only one she would live to see.
"The first thing she said after she was diagnosed was, "I don’t think I’m going to make it to Rio" like I'm so sad about it,” Post remembers. “So I'm carry that on my shoulder and hope to have her with me."
That drive has fueled her success and life has gotten happier. She's made the Olympic team a second time, she's become an international star, a role model for young women, and she's engaged to married to another BMX racer, Australian Sam Wwilloughby.
"I never dreamed that my whole life would end up BMX,” Post laughs.
And somehow through the crazy training schedule and world travel, when she's not racing she's picked up a new hobby, do-it-yourself projects.
"Yeah! I'm going to be on HGTV,” she says with a big smile. “A lifelong goal."
A lifelong goal to be realized after she takes care of one other this summer -- an Olympic gold medal.
“If I reach my potential and do it all in a day, it will end in a good result,” she says. “I know that, it takes a lot of work and there's a lot of chance in BMX as well. It's about all things coming together on the day, so you just have to enjoy the ride.”
Enjoying the ride has never been a problem for Alise. No matter how bumpy or fast it seems to go.