Kelly Boniface is a key member of our GrassMoots Team and a stand out of all things that you want in an ambassador and all-round good human being. She’s been laying low off the race circuit this season, but trust me, she’s been doing some super pulls in the game of life. She writes in….
Did you retire?
I’ve had that question posed to me quite a bit this summer. Hmmm, how do you retire from something that defines a part of who you are as a person?
I’ve been a competitive athlete for as long as I can remember. Aside from a couple of pregnancy years (which is an athletic feat if there ever was one) I’ve always found myself with some kind of race on my radar.
But, this summer has been different. As the spring unfolded it became clear that circumstances in my personal life were going to make traveling around all summer to bike races impossible. I needed to make a shift in my priorities. Instead of looking forward to riding my bike I was trying to schedule it into my day because I “had to.” That’s not me, that’s not why I ride and that’s not why I race. I race because I like to, but more importantly, I LOVE to ride my bike. So, I put my heart rate monitor in the dresser drawer and just rode my bike. For fun. With friends. Or solo. I rediscovered my love for the soul ride.
Look how happy I am!
My daughters are now athletes themselves. Many of my weekends have been spent watching soccer games, swim meets and dance recitals. Here I am getting in a few quick Lunch Loops at a youth soccer tournament in Grand Junction.
I’ve also been coaching for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Cycling program. “It’s a Girl Thing” is a new program focused on teaching tween girls the joys of mountain biking. A perfect fit for me! Here we all are (my older daughter is in this cute posse, too.)
So, the answer to the question is “no, I’m not retired.” My days of racing every other weekend all summer may be over, but I’m still a mountain biker that loves to ride her bike. You can’t retire from that! And, I’m CERTAIN that I have not strapped a number plate to the front of my bike for the last time.