“Cross country mountain bike racing is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but when you finish, you are filled with…life.”
This is the first pieces of advice my husband, Zeppelin, gave me when I started racing. Since then, I have been handed more than I deserve from him.
Before I decided to try a race out, I was the support for Zeppelin at mountain bike races. We created so many amazing memories and traveled all over the states as he would compete in big endurance events. That all changed after I towed the line at a 6-mile beginner women’s race in 2011. After the moment I crossed that first finish line, he gave up everything for the light in my eyes and has dedicated himself to coaching me.
It’s hard to put into words what cycling does for your soul. I’m sure anyone who is passionate in any aspect of life can relate, but for me it starts with that moment I zip up my jersey and clip myself into what feels like part of me. Your bike becomes your counterpart: you hold forth your every breath into pushing it faster and further, you put all of your trust into it to sermonize your thoughts and movement. We live on the edge of a blade with every twist and turn, and yet this beautiful machine delivers what is expected. It is a part of you.
There is, really, no other way for me to put into words what I experience. I am so in love with riding my bike, and I am so obsessed with racing it. It has lit a fire inside me that will never burn out. I will always race. My dream is to be one of the best one day, to one day zip up an Elite Stars and Stripes jersey.
After my first few seasons of racing, my husband sat me down and told me that he knows I can take this dream as far as I want. However, everything changes. You have to eat, sleep, and breathe cycling. Needless to say, I am so ready for it. I love all of it, I love the passion it has lit up inside of me. I know within my heart, that I can achieve all of my dreams and goals. But, the best part is, that we are doing it together. We are #teamtittensor! And honestly, that is the best part for me. I get to spend everyday, and I get to see some of the most beautiful and secluded places, with my most amazing person.
This is the part of life that I have always dreamt of. Winning is cool and inspiring, but living the life I dream of with my husband is matchless. Keep going, keep pushing, and always “be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”