When I was 10 or 11, I was out on the Chattahoochee nature trails with my brother. He was on his mountain bike, and he crashed really hard and broke his helmet. Then he said he wasn’t ever riding again, so I got a bike! From then on, I didn’t stop riding. I would fly down the mountain and on the nature trails, fall and hurt myself, get back up, and keep going.
I raced mountain bikes until I was 18, and then a good friend brought me onto his road team. It was a completely different experience. With mountain bike racing, you go super hard at the beginning because you’re racing for the trailhead. With road bike racing, you flip that, and you take the sprint and save it up for the end. That’s what I love to do.
Last year was my first year with this team, and it was a game changer. The results I got last year were a reflection of my happiness on the team—the great program and my fit with it. I won twice as many races as I had the year before when I was on a different team. I look back at last year and all of the success we had, and the rewarding part is that I know we had even more fun.
Being married and having a child—that’s the best thing that has happened to me. It’s made me focus. Having a kid at home helps me to keep my priorities straight. I want to get the job done and then get home. Sure, it’s been a little stressful trying to balance it all, but I thrive in chaos. I’m good at handling a shitload of stress and seeing through the fog.