For as long as I can remember, I have always been a runner and running has always been my sport. Unfortunately, my body wasn’t completely on board with running. As my back issues started to increase, I began biking more and completed my first Tour DaVita in 2015. I would describe that experience as the wettest, muddiest, most difficult and most amazing experience ever. When I showed up in the rain, I wasn’t so sure about the whole thing and honestly, I thought for sure that everything was going to be canceled. However, as I saw everyone get on their bikes I, too, got on mine. I made it every bit of the 250 miles and fell completely in love with the ride. Unfortunately, shortly after returning home from that Tour, my back issues worsened and I ended up having spinal fusion surgery in 2016.
After that, I assumed my cycling career was over. However, since the surgery, I’ve been testing my limits and increasing my activity. When this year’s Tour DaVita dates were announced, I told myself that if I was meant to ride in this year’s ride, it would happen for me during registration. I was able to log on and secure a spot within the first 15 minutes of registration. It was meant to be. While I haven’t been able to get my training up to the level it was during first Tour DaVita, I am completely psyched to be heading back out there again. I am going into this year’s race with the mindset that I have three days with absolutely nothing to do, but ride a bike – so I’m just going to keep going. I might be a turtle out there, but I’ll be out there – all day, every day. I’m so excited!