During college I played field hockey for Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. At the time they didn’t have a cycling team, but in my freetime between hockey practice, travel, and course work, biking remained my passion. I rode all over the western NC mountains. I learned to love solo wandering for loads of miles and over loads of hills. The Blue Ridge Parkway was my daily playground.
Later in life, jobs, responsibilities, kids, etc started to take over, and ‘free’ time for riding started to be in short supply. Riding became more about what and when I can squeeze a ride in. It was between work and dinner, or when my littles were napping, but it was always, ‘go quick, go hard, and be done.’