Pregnancy can be a magical experience for women, but it can also take a toll on your physical and emotional state. Getting back into cycling is such a challenge: it will take some time to get back to your ideal fitness and reclaim that mindset that enabled you to cover hundreds of miles on two wheels. But that’s not to say that it’s impossible.
In my experience, one of the best ways to pursue self-improvement and to find meaning in life is to help encourage meaning in others. I have pledged to ride from Maryland to California during the summer of 2019. Along the route, we will be stopping to volunteer at hospitals and give out scholarships to young people with cancer. I have also pledged to fundraise $4,500 for said scholarships, every single one of which my team will give away in person.
You can’t plan for everything and you don’t HAVE to do it all yourself. But if you know how then you at least have the choice. I wrote this post with women in the title, but the information really could apply to all cyclists. I’m a woman and so I wrote it for other women specifically because sometimes we need a push to do things like this.