My Accident Anniversary

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Today I raced. Not very fast, mind you, but that’s not the point. The point is that nine years ago I was face-to-face with a car and in an instant my life changed. I never thought when I headed out on that ride, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon that it would be the last bike ride I ever took. Looking back it’s been a long journey, but sometimes also seems like yesterday. Thanks to adaptive sports, great organizations like the Challenged Athletes Foundation ( and the help of my wonderful support crew of mentors, coaches and cheerleaders, I have made it through the darkest days of my life to where I am now…still pedaling and loving every minute. When I think of the fact that I could have lost my life that day or been in much worse condition than I was, I am thankful every time I pull up to the start line. Not every race can be a personal best, sometimes I even get mad and pout about the outcome at the finish line, but deep inside I know I am fortunate to be able to do what I do.

Next week I get to represent my country at the duathlon world championships and I can’t wait. Not only do I want to show my athletic abilities but to show that there is such a thing as a major comeback and I know that no matter how I do, I really have won the biggest race of my life just by making it to the finish line!

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