• Becky Furuta: Tackling the Tulsa Sun

    Submitted by 303cycling on June 25th, 2018

    “What if every part of life were like this? What if it were all a bicycle race, where people in their worst and weakest moments were buoyed by the hopes and the encouragement of others around them?” Read more

    • SPOKE: Becky Furuta on Cycling & Life – “It will be ok; It will be hard at first, and then it will be ok”

      Submitted by 303cycling on April 24th, 2018

      I was a different person yesterday, I thought. Just days before, I had been wrapped in the comfort of gratitude. Without warning, the tides of life and change and human evolution and eroded it all, leaving me with the sense that I was sitting on the ledge of disaster.
      My husband had lost his job of 27 years. We had no health insurance, which was a terrifying proposition for someone living with type one diabetes. My cycling sponsors had just ended their support of the women’s team and the elite men, leaving me to wonder if I would race the next season or see my teammates again. My own job was a dead-end, with no opportunities for advancement or increases in income. I didn’t even have a 401k.  Read more

      • Cyclists attacked, threatened on Longmont LoBo Trail – first-hand Account by Becky Furuta

        Submitted by 303cycling on April 2nd, 2018

        PSA to my local friends:

        Saturday afternoon, I was finishing my ride and elected to avoid some wind by heading home on the LoBo Trail. I encountered a homeless couple just past the turn off to the Longmont Rec Center, about 100 meters from the underpass below Ken Pratt Ave. This is Boulder County. There are transients everywhere, and I usually just hand them wherever ride food I’ve got left in my pockets. But this couple leered at me uncomfortably. Immediately, I took out my headphones. I debated turning around, actually. Something seemed “off.” Read more

        • Bikes & Life: The Pattern of “Self Talk” by Elite Cyclist Becky Furuta

          Submitted by 303cycling on March 28th, 2018

          As an athlete, you are always limited by what you tell yourself is possible. If you tell yourself that the hill is too steep and that you are too fat to climb it, you will walk your bike to the top. If you tell yourself that the conditions are too bad, the wind is too severe, the snow too blinding, you will get in the team car and call it a day. If you tell yourself that you are destined to lose, you will lose….or, worse, you’ll never bother to start.  Read more

          • SPOKE: Becky Furuta on Cycling and Life – “Go Slow Before You Go Fast”

            Submitted by 303cycling on March 18th, 2018

            By Becky Furuta “Go slow before you go fast.” Matt Vogel, former staff member at Team Novo Nordisk, Santa Barbara, CA   Training camp can be hectic. For Team Novo Nordisk, it was often the rare occasion when all the athletes from each discipline – the women’s team and the men’s, the runners and theRead More

            • SPOKE: You Never Know When the Last Moments Will Be

              Submitted by 303cycling on March 4th, 2018

              By Becky Furuta “You never know when the last moments will be, so you have to be present for them all.” Callie Halls, best host housing ever, St. Louis, MO Driving to the Halls’ house was like driving to the home I never had. It was a beautiful, lemon-yellow house on a tree-lined street withRead More

              • SPOKE: Becky Furuta on Bikes, and Life – Entitlement

                Submitted by 303cycling on February 18th, 2018

                By Becky Furuta A great burden is lifted in sport and in life when you come to the realization that no one owes you anything at all. Athletes, by definition, have a competitive spirit. It’s why we do what we do. It’s the reason I am on the bike trainer at 4am, in the silentRead More

                • SPOKE: Becky Furuta on Bikes, and Life – Keep the Balance

                  Submitted by 303cycling on February 4th, 2018

                  By Becky Furuta “Keep the balance. Time doesn’t wait for you to finish your dreams. Your kids won’t, either.” Tom Campbell, former mechanic at Team Novo Nordisk It was freezing cold for Nashville, TN. I sat on the team bus alongside five other riders, all of us wishing we had known just how miserable theRead More

                  • SPOKE: Becky Furuta on Bikes, and Life – Today is my Favorite Day

                    Submitted by 303cycling on January 21st, 2018

                    A ride down memory lane. A beginning-of-the-week thought, brought to you by Becky Furuta “Today is my favorite day.” 6 year old girl, shaking my hand at Tulsa Tough, Tulsa, Oklahoma Every moment, we have a thousand thoughts floating through our heads, and many of them are negative or limiting. You don’t have to believeRead More