Updated: Sep 3, 2022
Meet Leslie! She was the very first one to SAY YES and register for our April retreat back in February. Leslie calls Cheyenne, WY home sweet home and her hometown trails are at Curt Gowdy State Park (she's so lucky)! Leslie's enthusiasm and (endless) energy for mountain biking are next level and even better, it radiates to everyone around her.
Leslie generously shares her story and journey from where she was at prior to the retreat to where she's at now, four months post retreat. Hint: Be ready to get inspired!
Where were you at prior to our Retreat?
All of my focus was on how I was mourning the loss of the person I used to be on the bike prior to my accidents rather than seeking the opportunities right in front of me. I was stuck in a fixed mindset with an out-of-control ego.
Favorite Retreat Moments
Undoubtedly there are way too many to list, but if I had to name a few I would say seeing the pure excitement and joy on Erin’s face anytime she successfully tackled a challenge, listening to the inspirational moments shared by all the ladies at the retreat, experiencing the acceptance and inclusiveness of the group, getting to know Linda and of course the food!
Mindset Tool(s) you are using now
I maintain a growth mindset while on the trail. I see everything now as a puzzle or a game that I get to try and figure out either now, or maybe later. There is no timeline for improvement.
Post Retreat Highlights
My outlook on riding, and life in general, has experienced a positive shift in these ways:
I have become more patient with myself and others, and I’ve learned to drop the ego – there’s no room for it on the trail or in life.
I used to see riding as either exercise or different obstacles that I should be improving on – now I see the joy in riding, that this is a fun activity where I just happen to get a good workout while doing it.
I no longer see the obstacles in the way, but rather I see opportunities for growth at my own pace.
What is your secret recipe to being strong on the bike?
Before every ride and every night before I crawl into bed, I complete a quick 5-minute or so mobility routine that also includes a minimum of 5 regular style pushups, among other various stretches or moves. I also try to do at least one cartwheel a day, randomly. I believe this helps keep my mind and body in sync with each other.
What brings you joy off the bike?
Life and all it has to offer! I get pure joy anytime I can have a positive influence on anyone I interact with. This has been my life’s purpose for the past 15+ years and I’m not giving up anytime soon.
Anything else you would like to share?
I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this retreat.
It has been life-changing for me.