Almost exactly 8 years ago I picked triathlons up in efforts to find sobriety. In training for triathlons I fell in love with cycling. My first couple of races were on a cheap mountain bike. My next tax return went to a Specialized Dolce road bike. I loved that bike so much. It helped me grow out of such an awkward period of life.
Getting sober was such a raw and painful period in life. My mother and I would ride together all the time and still ride today. I remember 7 years ago I did Elephant rock metric century with her. It was such a sense of accomplishment for me. I had so much fun! I remembered my experience and did Elephant Rock the following year with a group of friends. It has become my go to beginning of the season century!
As much as I love triathloning my heart really leans towards cycling. I feel so free on a bicycle, I found a new sense of self and confidence that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I have such a big group of wonderful friends that push me to ride when I’m not motivated. I’m on several Facebook groups that I can always find motivation when I’m not feeling a ride. Sometimes I’m slowed down and discouraged by my asthma, but I continually work with doctors to find the right treatment so I can continue to ride.
I am a firm believer that my limitations are limited and there is a solution for most obstacles. I have overcome a lot to become the woman I am today and I like to put a lot of blame on the bicycle. Look for me, wearing a cape on the Subaru Elephant Rock Ride!
I am so excited to see you out there, too!