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Fighting the demons and winning

We all have personal demons and we have a choice if we shall fight them or let them take a hold of us. Fighting those demons may be ongoing. To have the courage and motivation to fight is a challenge within itself.
This past weekend while racing an endurance mountain bike event called the Whiskey 50 I had a chance to fight hard against the demons I have been dealing with for over a year. Long story short I was told I would never ride again and certainly never mountain bike race again. Due to a horrible motor/bike accident which resulted in a fused spine that is now pinned/caged/and plated back  together riding did not seem to be an option.
I have spent the last year to prove those experts wrong! Fighting demons every single day – many times those demons won but only for a short time.
I am happy to say not only did I finish the race but placed third overall female! The fight is certainly not over but this small victory only motivates me to keep fighting and fight hard.
So with that said think about what your demons  are they holding you back or are you choosing to fight no matter how hard it may seem?
As I always say no matter what “keep moving forward” even if they are small steps the small steps eventually add up.

May 6, 2011   4 Comments

Melanie on the Outspoken Cyclist

I had the great opportunity to chat with Diane of the Outspoken Cyclist the other day, and you can hear our conversation tomorrow online!  The Outspoken Cyclist, if you haven’t checked it out already, is a fantastic show about all things cycling – from industry to advocacy to training to racing and much, much more.  The show’s host, Diane, has 36 years of experience in the bicycle industry, and she brings great perspective, interviewees, and commentary to the show.

I was fortunate enough to be able to talk with Diane about one of my very favorite things: women’s cycling!  And Women’s Bike Talk, of course!  Check out my conversation with Diane tomorrow – Saturday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. EST – http://www.wjcu.org/media/audio/shows/outspokencyclist

I also highly recommend that you check out some of Diane’s previous shows, as well.  If you have any remarks about how to improve Women’s Bike Talk or the sport of women’s cycling more broadly after listening to the show, feel free to comment on this post or contact us.

And last, but certainly not least, Women’s Bike Talk is made possible with the support of our sponsor Bike Shop Hub (which is run by my brother Josh Lipton, who is referenced throughout the interview).

Thanks and enjoy the ride!

February 25, 2011   No Comments

Strength is Something You Choose

I learned something today from 2 incredible mountain bikers that I would like, need, to share with my cycling friends…

I rode today with 2 paraplegic cyclists, not on the road, but on Trail 100… Yes, mountain hand bikes!  They were training for a race, just like me!  I’ll admit it and bite the political bullet and say that I was shocked. As I rode with them, my thoughts quickly turned into amazement as I watched them navigated tough terrain and conquer landscape that most mountain bikers can’t clean. WOW!!

It was once said that the sign of a true athlete is one who is dripping in sweat at the point of exhaustion when no one is watching!

This says to me that being an athlete is for the self, not for the crowd, not for the fame, not for the medal… it’s about a commitment to oneself; a determination to succeed and triumph beyond the ordinary – it’s when your body and mind are begging for mercy, screaming to stop- it’s when you dig deep and find exactly what you need to continue –determination and self-dedication prevail. It’s this unbridled dedication to succeed no matter what that allows you to overcome any physical or mental obstacle that life has placed in your path… it’s you saying, go ahead throw everything you got at me, place all the obstacles you can in my path, I’ll go around them, climb over them or hell-I’ll even move them out of the way. I will persevere! [Read more →]

February 6, 2011   No Comments