Loren Rowney is an Australian pro cyclist racing for the Velocio-SRAM team. Read her thoughts on how cycling makes her look at the unexpected differently.
Life. A series of unexpected twists and turns, where in some cases you have no clue what is around the next corner. After what has unfolded this past week, this feels like a very fitting topic, and somewhat ironic seeing I was asked to write about what’s unexpected in cycling the day before I crashed so “spectacularly”in Holland. My early season goals and aspirations are over. I could go on about adversity and the challenges I’m facing mentally and physically right now as I sit alone in Hamburg airport about to fly home to Girona where I will begin my rehab. Instead, I’ll chat about the incredible places this crazy, whirlwind sport of professional cycling has taken me, mind, body and soul.
I always dreamed of being a professional athlete…I think my exact words as a child was “I want to be an Olympian”. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. And in my heart I knew sport was my ticket to travel the world, my way to be different to everyone else. I’ve always had a fear of being “normal”. So when I wake up every morning on the other side of the world to home, do I think this unexpected?
No it’s not unexpected, because if you’re courageous and gutsy enough to dream big, you can make it happen.
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