The past week and a half have been, well, unexpected. I came into this event knowing we’d face some serious challenges and have to test our strength of will in ways we never thought possible. What I didn’t expect was that the cycling would be the easy part of it all.
The Réve Team of Heidi, Kym, Maria, Jennifer, Kate, and Me came together as nearly strangers. We all have very different riding styles, experience, and expectations. Yet, we’ve come together to figure out what works best and how to take care of everyone the way they need to be taken care of. Some girls need to ride climbs faster to protect their knees from grinding away at a slow cadence. Some need to go slower to protect them from fatigued legs. We all know what’s best for ourselves and we all respect what each other needs. In my opinion, we’re riding great!
Off the bike is another story however. The stress levels are so high right now because we’re being pulled in so many different directions when all we want to do is focus on riding, eating, sleeping, and recovering. I have even more respect for pro racers now that we’re getting a glimpse at their life. They finish a stage and have media requirements and other obligations to sort out before they can shower and eat too. They have race drama and coaches and staff getting in their faces too. I mean, of course Wiggins cracked the other day at the press conference. The last thing you want after riding all day is more drama. I swear, the biggest challenges aren’t going to be making it up every mountain; they’re going to keeping a level head every night at dinner.
Positivity is contagious. So is negativity. And we’re having an outbreak of the downers here. I don’t know how to explain it other than it’s disappointing. We’re in this beautiful country, we’re seeing amazing sights we’d never see, and we’re riding so well together. But somehow we still seem to be doing everything wrong. I don’t know, I guess I just need to shut up, smile pretty, and keep riding.
But I refuse to let the outside comments and emotions affect me anymore. I’m RECOVERING my dream, my story, my adventure. This Réve Tour is about empowering women and inspiring them to ride more. So haters and people who thrive on drama will not change our mission. Today, we take back control and write our own story. Let’s rise up and make the statement we came here to make.