What is your background growing up?
I grew up in Duanesburg, N.Y., rural upstate New York. I went to Union College in Schenectady. I was a commuter student all four years; for me, that was to have a balance between sports and academics. I feel most of my journey through sport and my schooling was finding weaknesses to train. That is how my brain works. If I am not doing something well, I need to find a way to improve that skill. Through college, I studied Classics, Latin and Greek, and humanities. At that point in my life, that is what I needed to develop. I was not a very strong public speaker, not a strong reader or writer. I needed to develop those skill sets. Now, ten years later, being able to share the stories that I have sport is something that has really helped me develop as a person.
What is your perspective now on being a professional athlete?
I am still young, 28, but I am old enough to realize that the gift we have in sports is a short window of time in our lives. I am very fortunate to be in this position, but I am also fast enough to be in this position. The minute I am not fast enough, it goes away. A lot of effort and dedication goes into the craft of the day in day out living for your sport, the training, the recovery, the nutrition, the sleep, on top of making sure we’re able to share our stories, the podcasting, the videos, the articles. I enjoy sharing my passion for cycling and cyclocross.