Here’s a #shamelessselefie in the hills above Malaga. Spain has been an absolutely incredible experience, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t burst into tears this morning from being homesick. My journey this last year has been up and down and had its frustrations, but last night after writing in my journal I went back to see how far I’ve come.
May 21st, 2018 I was celebrating walking for 30 minutes and making it 1.7 miles. Riding two days in a row for 1 hour destroyed me.
During my time in Malaga I ran for 35 minutes, making it 4️⃣ miles! I completed one of my biggest weeks on the bike in nearly two years at a whopping 13 hours.
2️⃣ more races left before my season concludes. No matter how many frustrating moments I’ve experienced the last year, I can look back and be reminded of everything I’ve conquered and just how far I’ve come. I’m no longer injured, and my journey doesn’t stop here.
#happyracersgofaster #trainhard #homesick #thisluckylife #hiparthroscopy #hipsurgerysucks #smilebecauseithappened
I have no words. Spain is majestic. During my time here I’m reminding myself how lucky I am. 11 months PO from my second hip surgery and I’m constantly in awe of what I’m able to accomplish after surgery. Soul miles and endless elevation on the bike, this life is amazing.
If the rest of 2019 is anything like the start, I’m in for a big joyful year 🎉. #thisluckylife #pivotvault #maxxistires #onlystans #dnacycling #eastonadvantage #ridesdg #viewsfrommybike #malagaspain #asendanyadventure
Farewell Belgium (for now).
The racing was a blast, jet lag happened, fast races occurred, mud splattered, and I’m proud of my efforts I put forth over the last 3 races.
Off to Malaga, Spain 🇪🇸 with @jer_alix for a good training block in the ☀️ and warmer weather. Then the final two World Cups to finish up the season before a real vacation in Belize 🇧🇿 with @bigairchris!
#happyracersgofaster #thisluckylife #somewhereinbelgium #pivotvault #maxxistires #onlystans #dnacycling
Stomach bug has me feeling ☝🏻and 😴.
Bummed to miss out on Diegem, but count me in for Baal tomorrow! Final race in Belgium, then a couple days to play tourist before heading south to Spain for some sunshine and warmth!
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Travel to 🇧🇪 took a wee bit longer than anticipated, a 12 hour travel turned into nearly 24 hours of travel 🙈, but myself and 200+lbs of luggage all made it safely.
Zolder World Cup came and went, and it was fasssst! Not the result I would look towards but I emptied the tank so what more can I ask for?
Onto Loenhout today, it appears I missed reg for Diegem, so a few days off then Baal.
#raceracerace #pivotmaxxiscx #pivotvault #maxxistires #onlystans #dnacycling #isuckatregistering #cxisboss
What’s next for me?
Jumping (or walking) onto a plane ✈️ to meet this guy in Belgium for some CX racing!
I’ll be in Europe for the next 5 weeks racing, exploring, and training. It’s a big jump for me to spend so much time abroad and away from home, but I’m looking forward to the adventures and the muddy messes I’ll be getting myself into in the next weeks.
I’ll miss @bigairchris and @blue_eyed_nugget the most-est, but here we go!
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#cxisboss #highfives #trainhardraceharder
Yesterday I went for the hardest run of my life at Nationals, and my ankles revolted (but my hips were 💪🏼).
The funny thing about bike racing is everything has to be perfect to have a good day. Sunday things were not so perfect, but much like the last two years, I persevered, even in the darkest of moments during the race, I trudged forward.
Growth doesn’t happen when things are perfect. Growth happens on those days where you want to give up, when you cry to your mechanics you don’t want to run anymore (🙋🏽♀️). I’ve been doing this for awhile now, but I still learn and grow and develop with every race. Massive congrats goes to every single person out there who trudged forward. That was hard.
Thanks to @jer_alix and @desherick for the phenomenal teamwork this season, especially yesterday, my bikes 🚲 were always ready and working 👌🏻. Your dynamic was dynamite 💥 and you two push me to be a better racer. Thanks to @bigairchris for being a third hand to run around course and cheer when I wanted to die.
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R E S O L V E 💪🏼 Link in bio for full video.
It’s been a wild ride these last 2 years, and it seems so much is culminating this weekend in Louisville. 2 hip surgeries haven’t been easy, but I’m a fighter, so I fought on. I learned a lot about myself through out both recoveries. My biggest take away is to never take anything for granted.
Thank you @eastoncycling for sharing my journey and spending the day with me!
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