• 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

        • SPOKE: Becky Furuta’s Travels: Sometimes, Bike Racing is Funny, too.

          Submitted by 303cycling on January 17th, 2018

          There’s a kind of camaraderie that only exists in the darkest hours when people come together and help one another, and I sometimes wonder if all the dynamics of racing itself made it possible for us to get home that morning. Read more

          • SPOKE: Becky Furuta on Bikes, and Life – From 30,000-feet

            Submitted by 303cycling on January 14th, 2018

            A ride down memory lane. By Becky Furuta “You should judge your success by what you had to give up to achieve it.” Guy in seat 24C, flight from Alicante, Spain to Madrid. I was eating a rhubarb croissant, and thinking about how tired my body felt. I had a separated right shoulder, road rashRead More

            • SPOKE: Becky Furuta on Bikes, Life: Lessons from the Coach

              Submitted by 303cycling on January 7th, 2018

              A ride down memory lane. By Becky Furuta “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different.” Garrett White, my former cycling coach I was busy berating myself. I knew I had held back. It was the final field sprint, everyone was moving into position, and I doubted myself just longRead More

              • Women’s Wednesday: Ending the Season

                Submitted by 303cycling on January 3rd, 2018

                By Becky Furuta The cab driver was visibly annoyed. The roads were so thick with cars and scooters, people and bicycles, that one could hardly see the charcoal tarmac of the city street below. He clearly conveyed that making a U-turn to access the other side of the avenue would be a near impossibility, andRead More

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

                  Submitted by 303cycling on January 1st, 2018

                  A ride down memory lane. By Becky Furuta “My strength doesn’t come from the weakness of another.” Jerome Saydee, Economics Student in West Liberia, at a global conference Copenhagen, Denmark Some people feel uncomfortable if they are not the richest, strongest or most intelligent person in the room. Worse, there are those who will bringRead More

                  • Women’s Wednesday: Becky Furuta on Cycling through Grief

                    Submitted by 303cycling on December 20th, 2017

                    By Becky Furuta Under the circumstances, the frosting-like scent of powdered sugar and vanilla was almost putrid. I felt my stomach lurch ever so slightly as I made my way toward a row of merengues and colorful French macarons, illuminated under the silky glass of a pastry case like fish swimming in an aquarium. ARead More

                    • SPOKE: Becky Furuta on Bikes, and Life – #1 Wisconsin

                      Submitted by 303cycling on December 17th, 2017

                      A ride down memory lane. By Becky Furuta My life could be as easily measured in the passing of minutes as in the strokes of pedals. Much of my 39 years on the planet has been spent riding, from the moment my dad bought me my first black and white BMX bicycle to the afternoonRead More