One of the emotions I’ve heard from you a lot today is gratitude.
There’s nothing like an injury to give you a lot of gratitude. The first hip surgery was almost a blessing in disguise. Before the surgery, I was kind of burnt out. I didn’t know if I wanted to train. Then that happened. You know how you have training blocks? I called that the “motivation block”, followed this year by the “gratitude build”.
When you can’t race, you realize how much you love it and how thankful you are to be doing it. It’s easy to get tired during a long season, but really, I am so lucky to be doing what I love and what I am passionate about. So how can you not have gratitude for every day you wake up and every start line you roll up to? I have the opportunity to race my bike today. And that’s a great thing, no matter where you’re coming from.
It carried over during the races. At [the UCI MTB World Cup in] Mont-Saint-Anne, at first I thought, “This is great. I’m in the top 15.” And then I moved up, and I thought, “I’m in the top 10! This is awesome.” And then I’m riding in third, thinking, “This is the best place I’ve ridden in a World Cup!” Having gratitude at every step. I ended up getting fourth, and I was just freaking out with happiness. So I think that gratitude goes a long way.