Olympic cyclists Taylor and Davis Phinney have dealt with intense pressure. Taylor had a near career-ending crash, and his father Davis, once a brazen sprinter, has had to live with Parkinson’s disease. This video tells how they both learned to embrace adversity.
Taylor Phinney has announced that he’ll be returning to racing at the Tour of Utah next week, over a year and a half after his horrendous crash at the USA Cycling pro road championships.
“I think my relationship with pain is completely different now than it was before,” Phinney told CyclingTips, answering with some pause after being asked if there could be any possible long term benefits to what was an extremely damaging crash.
“I think before I saw pain as a vehicle to success, just part of something I was doing. It was something I had to either deal with or not deal with. And if I didn’t deal with it, then I wasn’t going to be successful.
“Now I realise there is a therapeutic side to pushing yourself to an extreme limit on your bicycle. Endurance athletes are always pushing that envelope.”
You can read more about Taylor Phinney’s lengthy recovery and new perspectives on life and racing here.