International Women's Day has me feeling all warm and fuzzy and grateful for all the incredible women in my life. Here are a few women (in no particular order, Cara!) who inspire me to be my best, encourage me, pick me up when I am down, and are roll models of strength in my life.
My grandmother is one of my greatest heros. She is 80 years old, smoked since she was 15 years old, but quit hard core in her 60's and is such a great example of strength, and unconditional love.
Seester is also such a great example of strength and courage and forgiveness. We have been through a lot, but she is always there, even when I impale her on the mtb to keep her from getting faster than me...
My brother's wife, she puts up with my brother... and had the most adorable babies AND is a kick butt speech therapist!
Taryn Barrett, the reason Brendan and I met/started dating. Taryn inspires me to be a better person all day every day, plus she is the funniest one!
Any and every woman who 'let me' coach them or has been on a ride I led, you are truly brave :) I love meeting women of all cycling ability levels, I learn so much from them and it's so inspiring to see others improve! Plus there are so many kind lovely women out there, it's one of the best parts of being a pro cyclist to meet so many different women and get to share their progression in the sport with them!
Amanda Seigle, who not only inspired me to be wicked fast on the bike since day one, but is also so brave and strong and whose adventures inspire me to push my limits and try new things!
All the women on team Twenty16, holy cow are they strong, brave, professional, kind, generous, and all around amazing people!
The ladies behind Project Bike Love! These SoCal based chicas have so much passion for getting bikes in the hands of women who need them all over the globe! Their dedication and hard work are so inspiring!
And of course all the amazing women on team Ridebiker inspire the crap out of me! These ladies can shred as hard as any guy, they are fun and kind and bright and funny, and I am so so so glad they are my team mates!!!
Happy International Women's Day everyone!!!