Earlier in my cycling career, I obsessed over a lot of small things. Now I’ve come to realize that a lot of that stuff doesn’t matter. It’s not worth losing sleep over. All I can do is do my best.
I want to be the person on the team who is loyal, selfless, accountable—the guy who helps his teammates. If I can get TJ and Murph close to the finish line so that they can finish the deal, I’ve done my job.
I love racing bikes. I love the training, the process, the improvements, the travels … meeting all kinds of characters and figuring out what you have in common. Sometimes it can be stressful, but I’ve chilled out over the years. I’ve realized it’s more important to be happy than perfect. And when I’m really training—like really taking everything seriously—my body follows suit. When I’m in form, my body becomes more efficient, and everything falls into place.