Community Spirit

I started this blog in 2007 as a way to write about my cyclo-cross racing and training experiences. Over the years thanks to this blog I’ve met an amazing group of people. I’ve reconnected with old friends. I’ve made new friends. And thanks to this website, I’ve been lucky to benefit from new opportunities.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you likely know that I really try to be honest and open with how things are going. When life is good – you know it and when I’m struggling – you know it. In fact it is from this honesty and your amazing responses, comments, emails and messages that I’ve been able to keep perspective on what it is cyclo-cross racing and riding a bike are really all about. There have been times when I’ve felt like giving up or have been so sick that I couldn’t imagine getting on a bike – and you guys have been there – boosting me up and even giving me a stern “talking to” when I need it.

The power of community is simply amazing. The power of the cycling community is amazing. Well, today I just want you all to put your collective heads together and send some positive vibes out to a couple of my friends today. These two friends are super strong women who have been dealt a rotten hand thanks to ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both are struggling and I just know that they could benefit from your thoughts. So today when you’re out riding your bike or enjoying a good meal, think of how lucky you are and remember not to ever take anything for granted.

If you guys have taught me anything is it the little things that are important. Squeeze your kids tight and tell them you love them. Eat some dessert. Take the time to hold the door for a stranger. Have an attitude of gratitude. Think of that person you haven’t talked to in a while and pick up the phone. Think some happy thoughts.

And to my two friends: hang tough – the days will get better.