I meet people almost on a daily basis! As we get talking there are generally 2 questions that are always asked…1) how did you end up in the wheelchair and 2) what do you do for a living!?
It’s the second question that I love to answer. I tell them that I am a professional athlete! They look at me and say “Nooo really?! What sport?!” I then proceed to say “I’m a cyclist!” The best part is watching their face while they try to figure out how a guy in a wheelchair rides a bike. To be honest I don’t mind the questions at all, I prefer people to ask rather than people just staring and wondering. I can only imagine what is going through their head… I usually smile and they smile back but the ones who don’t ask will never really know.
I feel truly blessed to be able to live that life that I do! To be able to wake up every morning, eat, chill out for a minute and then jump on bike and ride anywhere from 30km – 80km is one of the best feelings in the world. That is until it’s Sunday and I have to climb Mount Lemmon (google it). Today is Sunday and I am beat. This week actually marks the beginning of race season for me! It’ll be the first time that I get to race “Valley of the Sun.” It will also be the largest race of my budding career so far with close to 40 handcycles!!!!! I think it’ll be a huge mess of 7 foot long bikes trying to turn around but we will see! Stay tuned for results over the 3 day stage race weekend starting this Friday February 17th!
As time goes on I hope to be able to bring you all on my journey to Tokyo and beyond. I will admit that I am not the best with social media but I am working on it. So please be patient with me but there will be some good stuff coming!