Preparing this week for my first race of the pro season is exciting and I can't deny being slightly anxious and nervous. I haven't raced with the pro women since September and a lot of training and fitness has been acquired since that date..... 7 months to be exact. Let's just say I'm over the trainer rides , long rides, and I am officially READY TO RACE! At this point, I just want to see what my legs feel like since the last time raced them....Since this summer, and after getting sick last year, I have taken on a completely different training program, hired a professional cycling coach, and decided that I wanted to commit to the training program that could develop me as a pro level rider. It was a big decision to take on a training program that could allow me to race at the pro level- because I am a mother, I work, and I want to have a small life outside of cycling. In the beginning I felt like I couldn't possibly balance it all, and I didn't want my family to suffer because I wanted to chase some dream of racing at a demanding level, but with the right coaching, encouragement, and balance, it has been something that has been very achievable this year. My family will always be first....and then cycling.
Just because you have a family, or you are a mom, doesn't mean you have to throw away any dream or goal you may have, or develop, in your adult life. I believe, in fact, I will be a better example of strength, determination, perseverance, and fun that I can show my kids. Life and dreams don't end when you have a family, and when your family sees you chasing dreams, pushing forward, and being the best version of yourself- It encourages your children to find their passion as well (without saying or mentioning a word). Since I began training to race pro, my children have flourished in their grades and athletics. My husband is healthier, and is being coached now as well, and we are the happiest our family has ever been. Making that decision to train at the pro level is the best decision I have made for my health, family (believe it or not), and for myself.
It has been a very fun adventure with this journey of cycling has allowed me to travel and meet some amazing strong men and women along the way. I have so many people that I look up to and I recognize all of the different gifts and talents within the women's peloton and it makes me appreciate every single person that makes racing so challenging, and yet, so much fun. I can't wait to see how everything stacks up this weekend.
A friend of mine is loaning me a go pro for the race so I am looking forward to uploading the event from my perspective!