For a few weeks, I've been trying to figure out how to write this blog post. As a bike racer, I have a good idea of what needs to be done to get ready for racing this fall. It comes with a lot of "hard" work, but its mostly in my control. I control how long I ride, the quality of the rides, what I eat, how much I sleep etc etc etc. It's familiar. It's comfortable. I get out what I put in. There is this other half of starting a team that is scary and uncomfortable and unfamiliar.
Asking for help.
My amazing friends, Nicole and Scott Davison have put a lot on the line for this team. Ritchey Logic, Cutaway Clothing, Paul Components and Cane Creek have stepped up in a huge way to make sure I am on the flyest bikes possible. And I am so so grateful. But as we move forward, the reality of getting to and paying for this dream is getting daunting and it seems like a huge mountain to overcome.
Forgive the cycling analogy, but the only way to climb a mountain is to start by kitting up. Break it down, start from the beginning and take small, tangible steps. Kit's on, now shoes. Then bottles, then swing leg over the bike and start pedaling toward the mountain. All of a sudden you are at the base of the climb, instead of stuck on the couch, overwhelmed to the point of inactivity.
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