Nothing ventured, nothing gained…isn’t that right?
About 8 years ago, I dared myself to ride in a mountain bike race. I just wanted to see if I could do it. I placed third, out of three women. I got my ass kicked. But I tried it again and placed second, out of 4 women. Then I did it again. You get the picture. I dared myself to do something I found a little exciting and a little scary. And then I just kept doing it.
At about the same time, I dared myself in a different way. I dared myself to “get published.” First it was a little bar rag, then a few websites, and eventually I got into a regional glossy called Natural New England Magazine, writing about wildlife and nature. Then I got pregnant, and my full attention turned to family life.
And there my attention has remained. On my son. He’ll be 4 at the end of the year. Since his birth I’ve weathered a divorce, and fell in love again–with cycling. I’ve done three LIVESTRONG Rides, daring myself to go further. Next year I’m daring myself to do a century. And maybe another race? I might be dared to….
But things have come full circle yet again–I have dared myself to “get published.” The blog is a wonderful outlet–a causal, yet sincere expression of a passion I have for bikes, cycling, how it makes me feel, and the adventures it takes me on. I love this blog, and I love blogging. But I’ve thrown my hat in the ring again. To check out my latest dare, click here for a little article on cyclocross with race schedule for the six New England states.
Thanks for all your support!