I sometimes wonder if my love for bikes is simply a substitute for my love for horses, but whatever the reason, I just can’t quit this love! I’ve actually tried several times, but either I jump back into it or somehow it chases me down. Maybe it is the fresh air, changing scenery, or pure speed of the motion that has me hooked, but I’ve learned not to question too much the ‘why’ and enjoy the fact that I have found at least one thing in my life that I can lean on to give me that unidentifiable feeling.
It is in my nature to take on new challenges head on, so when I started riding my first road bike I wanted to go farther and farther and farther. My fitness soon followed my enthusiasm and the pushes from the guys on the ‘fast’ group rides gave me the confidence to keep going. Soon I was introduced to the idea of racing and was ‘that girl’ in my first race wondering what ‘Hold your line!’ means. I met my first coach that afternoon and was soon hooked up to a VO2 max testing machine, fully committed with a structured training plan. Many categories, races and a few crashes later, I wondered if this was the only way; all or nothing?
Recently I’ve found a version of integrating the sport of cycling into my life that feels sustainable in my work, athletic and personal lives. Working at Peaksware, representing products and services I believe deeply in and working with like-minded people gives me the ‘kid in a candy shop’ feeling every day! Mixing structured training into activities such as commuting to work by bike and lunchtime work rides has given me ways to save time and reduce the impact the sport has on my life. Finally and most importantly, finding a ‘giving back’ focus has given me an ease of mind in how cycling fits into my personal life.