Stories from the Road
by Stephanie Pina
It’s easy for me to say that I love cycling because it truly changed my life for the better. A couple of years ago I was going through a rough patch, working a dead end job and making unhealthy choices. Before I knew it, I saw my fitness fall apart, my mood change and I was very unhappy with where my life was heading. It wasn’t until my wife sat me down and told me I needed to take care of myself that I decided to do something about it.
I started going to the gym but found that I hated being inside of a building after spending all day in one. At the time I had two bikes, a single speed bike, and an old road bike. I decided to sell them both and buy my first real road bike. At first, I was riding alone on the weekends, I would ride five to ten miles just to get out for a bit. It wasn’t long until I was invited out on my first group ride by my dear friend Bobby Dixon. I was terrified to go, I didn’t want to get dropped or hold people back but Bobby reassured me that he would be with me the whole way.
From then on I was riding as often as I could with Bobby and anytime I fell behind he would be right there cheering me on. On top of finding something that I loved to do, I started to feel good about myself again. I was happy and I felt free. With the confidence gained through riding, I decided to explore cyclocross racing this year and enjoyed every second of it. Between group-rides and races I’ve met so many people that I consider good friends and will forever be grateful to be apart of such a great community.
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