I began riding my bike at an early age with my Dad who would take me on rides around White Rock Lake. Much to my mother's dismay, he would take via the streets of East Dallas to the spillway and it was there I learned I learned I liked to go fast! After some unexpected life changes in my late 20's I bought a single speed, steel frame bicycle and started doing social rides. I had no one telling me what to wear or how to ride, I just knew I wanted to start and never stop. On the bike my stresses melted away, my anxiety was quelled and I felt like that little girl on the spillway again. I also started noticing the postive changes for my body. I was in the best shape ever and my doctor even asked what I had added to my routine. Through social rides, I discovered RALLIES which is where I learned how strong I was. I quickly began upping my mileage and after I finished 65 miles, my longest ride at that point, a gentleman commented that he was impressed that I completed so quickly with no gears, flat shoes, and no spandex. I did not have money for fancy bike stuff at the time so I continued increasing my miles and hanging out at my local bike shop to learn maintenance, parts, etc. One summer day, a mechanic asked if I was, "going to the crit races tonight?" That Thursday night in 2014 I discovered bike racing and my world changed. I slowly met the Dallas cycling community and that fall I found Cyclocross. I quickly bought a CX bike (that was WAY too small for me) and raced my first race. I remember the confidence and pride I felt that I had pinned on a number and done something that had always seemed terrifying. During this season I challenged myself to always finish the race and to never be last. I met those goals and met the ladies of FCS cycling. I was intrigued by a community of female cyclists that support and challenge each other. The ladies on this team have pushed me to do things I've never thought possible and the bond only continues to grow. I eventually graduated to a CX bike that actually fit and raced my first CX race for FCS the next season. This year I plan to increase my miles and fitness, race my first crit race, and be an advocate for women on bikes no matter what kind of riding they do. I want to share the confidence that bike riding gave me with every woman I encounter.