With my passion for women in sport I decided to dedicate this one to all the ladies out there.
She looked into the mirror and was disappointed by what she saw, her confidence was at an all time low and she felt ugly and insignificant. Who told her she was ugly? Who told her she was insignificant? Who told her that she couldn’t? Why encourage girls to ride? When I see the struggles that young girls go through trying to live up to the modern standard of what a woman should be it makes me sad. Riding sets you free and gives you confidence and a sense of adventure.
There's more to life than worrying if you're skinny enough, beautiful enough or good enough. I know that deep down inside most girls lies a heart for adventure that is shut out by what we "should" do or who we "should" be. When you spend your time trying to live up to unrealistic expectations, sport is completely out of the question, and thoughts arise like "I don’t want to get dirty, sweaty, and I don’t want to look like a tomboy," or simply, "I don’t want to be ugly."
It's scary to ride a bike, to come into a sport that is considered extreme and male dominated. Tapping into an industry that is run off testosterone is extremely hard. The benefits of getting out on a bike far outweigh never having the courage to try. Working up the bravery it takes to pedal for the first time is one of the many challenges that will change your life. Building confidence to get out and ride those trails that once seemed impossible and ridiculous is no easy task. Once you overcome the fear that was holding you back you will find a freedom that comes with getting better and better. Being fit and healthy at the gym is great but combine adventure with that and it will change your lifestyle.
The shell is cracking and the industry is realizing that encouraging women to ride is of the utmost importance. Girls at the top level in this sport have learned how to push themselves, to overcome fear and exceed expectations that once labelled us incompetent. It's surprising what we can do when we see someone else can do it. It's even more unbelievable when we realize we’ve been capable all along. When I’m on my bike I never consider what I look like or who I wished I was, and I don’t lack self confidence. I let it go and for but a moment I can be myself. I roll through dusty turns with nothing to prove, I don’t have to be fast, or slow, when I’m riding, there is no one in the world that I have to be - I’m living in the moment, I’m being me!!
One day I just decided I’d had enough of fear, I wanted to do this and I wanted to be confident. I believe that we can all get to the point of full confidence, where we finally realize that we are who we are, so let's start working on being the best that we can be. You don’t have to be the fastest in the world or the most skilled, but you must be your best no matter what level that is. If all you can do is ride around a lake on a dirt track, as long as you do it the best you can then that's good enough. Push your own limits and never try to be someone else.
Thanks to my mental coach John for teaching me so much about life and allowing me to share what I’ve learned with you guys and my dad for knowing the answer to most of my questions and giving me wise advice. Thank you guys for reading my blogs and supporting me in my racing. Sponsors
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