Riding Again

Sometimes I feel like I’m suffocating. I get wrapped in all the drama and stress from work and personal life that seeing the light at the end of the tunnel seems impossible. But my bike reminds me to breathe, to take one step at a time, and life gets a little bit easier; things seem to take perspective and I’m reminded of all the things I should be thankful for.

It also helps that I’ve found the motivation to ride again-not that it ever went away, but basically life just got in the way last year.

Having a rad bike is definitely a huge bonus. Being part of the Juliana Ambassador program has been awesome, and by the way, the new Furtado improved so much from the 2015 bike I had. This has pushed me to keep riding more, and has helped me improved also.

Last year was a very busy year. I got married to this awesome guy on April’s Fool Day, and two months later we were moving into our new house. Plus we were “raising” our little dog Stella, without even knowing that she was deaf. All this made it very difficult for me to find time, and motivation, to ride my bike-I was riding, but it felt more like I was just spinning the legs for no purpose.

A year later, all of this seems so different. We are not busy “planning” a wedding or moving into a house, and sadly, we don’t have Stella to worry about. This last one has my heart broken, but I feel that riding keeps me connected to her-since she has my biking buddy, my trail dog. Every ride feels like a little tribute to her.

Getting out the door and heading to the trails fills me with positive energy, like a drug I can’t get enough these days!

Can’t wait to ride new trails out there!

Fernanda

“Keep riding, keep smiling”

 

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