Mara Abbott blog: Playing professional and my Olympic dream

After many years of playing “professional” at bicycling, the people, events and values that got me riding in the first place are not always as prominent in my daily consciousness as they were a decade ago. Bike rides become about training. Training properly. Races become about winning - and that can be even more consuming. I can’t really say that I would want it to be any other way - I will likely always be helpless to the call of an all-consuming pursuit. As such, pausing to look around and remember my roots will likely be an important life-long practice for me. Every once in a while at least.

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