Melissa Westergard rides with new team mates to Lookout Mtn, and remembers the valuable lesson she learned when first beginning her racing career.
Several weeks ago I took time away from my regular routine of studying and went for a ride with a few new teammates. Being with these ladies who are new to racing reminded me of all the emotions I felt when I began the process three years ago. There are so many things that are unknown that you know you need to learn as you begin racing. Now that I’ve been doing this for a few years I had forgotten about all of the excitement (and anxiety) that comes with beginning a new aspect of a sport.
One of the most valuable lessons I learned about racing was finding someone, or a group of people, who are willing to mentor you on the bike. This doesn’t mean that you have to go out and hire a coach right away, although that is a great asset if it is available to you, but if you are able to find other ladies who have been racing a few years who have learned (sometimes the hard way) how to be successful in the sport it is such a rewarding experience to spend time with them and learn from them.
I love riding with seasoned racers who are willing to give me a piece of advice, as well as those new to racing who often energize me and remind me of why I got into racing in the first place!