I have spent a lot of time in the last couple of weeks reflecting on my choices and if I want to keep running a business. And if so, how? And what kind of impact do I want to have.
The thing that has always stood true is that I love challenging what women think they are capable of. Both on and off the bike. If you tell me you are terrified of riding in the drops. Well, game on! Spend 3 hours with me and I'll have you descending down a mountain in your drops. And hopefully with a smile too.
Why? Cause I wasn’t naturally gifted at this sport when I started. And cause I know what it is like to be faced with fear head on. And not know how you will overcome it. So nothing gives me more joy than turning my life lessons into tools that you can use to overcome your fears.
So I definitely know I want to keep running our clinics, even if I am only able to run a few across the year. But what about our other events. What about our retreats? They are a lot of work and a lot of planning goes into them. We also don't have a massive capacity to take extra people. And I don't want to increase the price. So is it really worth it?
I was looking through our photo albums and I found pictures from our first ever cycling retreat. I found this image below and it made my heart melt. I remember every single story on this trip. And every women that has ever ridden with us. And this picture captured only one of the many that will live with me forever.
The women I have met through these retreats will all have a place in my heart always. I have felt your fears, been inspired by your determination, laughed and cried with you. I have ridden beside you as you conquered your mountain, drank wine and ate till we could roll home, gone swimming in local pools and sat in silence, as we ended the day doing yoga beneath the tree top canopy You have sworn at me whilst climbing, but then hugged me when you reached the top, laughed at me (yes, I get pretty goofy on these trips) and inspired me more than you I will ever know.
And so I have decided, we are going back! Cause I want more women to experience the joy of conquering mountains with someone riding next to you. I want more women to learn the skill they need to fly down the mountain they just conquered, not in fear but with the absolute feeling of freedom that comes with it! Get the chance to meet other likeminded women and form life long friendships. And all in such a beautiful part of the world.
We are going back to Bright for another Cycling Retreat. And this time with a little difference. Let's take on an extra mountain!
Bring on three day & three nights of cycling, skills clinics, guided rides with a support vehicle taking on Mt Buffalo, Falls Creek and on the last day either Tawonga or Hotham. Add in some yoga and meditation, amazing food and of course, wine. And I'm sure plenty of laughing!
I can't wait to tackle some mountains and share some amazing new stories together.
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