That time alone is one of the reasons I love endless hours of solo training on the bicycle. So many professional cyclists and domestic elites settle in Boulder precisely because it affords them the opportunity to connect with other talented riders, to share long days spent in the saddle with those who have the same training demands, and to enjoy a sense of community in the sport. I like all those things, too, but constant companionship exhausts me. I enjoy meeting fans and shaking hands and swapping stories when I do events or make public appearances for the team, and then? I need an hour or two on my own to decompress. A time out.
Back then, though, it was different. I wasn’t stepping away to recharge. I was suffering from a kind of incurable loneliness that left a hole in me into which I had curled up completely. Read more
I was never supposed to be a success. I was never made to stand on a podium, never meant to see the world, certainly never meant to shake the hand of Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the current president of the United Nations General Assembly and to speak before the UN. Read more
We bring you this story because it’s an inspiring team, great cause and because Becky does so much for the Colorado endurance community and 303. Soon we will have a podcast with her to talk about addressing the leaders of the world! Read more
By Becky Furuta I found out Kelly Catlin died from suicide the same way the rest of the cycling community would uncover the news: On social media. Facebook, actually. A mutual friend racing for Rally UHC Cycling – one ofRead 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
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
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
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 theRead More