To me, riding takes on many different meanings. When I first picked up a bike, it was a way to exercise when I couldn't run. It was a way to clear my head and deal with anxiety and the constant need to go-go-go. As a former competitive soccer player, I needed an outlet. And then I made friends who encouraged me to go further, faster, and more up. And then they introduced me to cyclocross. And all the sudden I fell in love with a community of amazing individuals and also found a new way to push myself further. I fell into the Elite field last year and started working with a coach in January. So, I'm heading into a UCI season with some high expectations for myself.
Over the past year, I've found myself balancing training as an athlete and exploring new places on my bike. It's a give-and-take, when you have to do what your coach says but also you want to ride for 7 hours. I've been able to explore every dirt road in the Colorado mountains and also have taken a few trips to Marin County to explore the Bay Area. But I also spend my days at work 8-5 and then on the bike until 8-9pm.
This is a shameless plug but my Kensuke is my number one bike. It does everything. Fire roads. Paved climbs. Long miles. Dirt intervals. Paved intervals. I'd race it in a crit but I don't want to damage it, but I'm certain it would do well.