As a kid, my bike was freedom and exploration, and the reason I got grounded at least once. As an adult, the bicycle continues to be a vehicle for adventure. I get to know my environment, my friends and myself through bicycle riding and racing. Lessons learned in racing translate into lessons for a life well lived: perseverance, intentional rest, attention to detail, being present in the moment, and so many more. Racing is hard, with an excellent return on investment, but the gains are not always what I expect. Every season holds excitement, anticipation and a little trepidation.