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Step by step: Inside Kate Courtney's ride to the rainbow jersey

When you take things one step at a time, you never know when you might be one step away from making something magical happen. That was my...

Before the start line: Seeking calm and confidence with pre-race rituals 

Three hours before the starting gun goes off, it begins. I slip into a carefully rehearsed series of actions, so familiar to me by this p...

Imperfect preparation: Embracing the challenge of a mid-season setback

“Now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” — John Steinbeck, East of Eden Perfection is a tricky concept. I know inherentl...

Weighing in: Nutrition, body image, and finding balance as a female athlete

We all know that in endurance sports, weight matters. As a cyclist, I obsess over every aspect of my equipment, from the weight of a tiny...

The 2018 Kate Epic: Riding outside of my comfort zone

Progress happens outside of your comfort zone. That was the phrase I repeated to myself again and again as I lined up for the Whiskey 50 ...

Rituals, not resolutions: Chasing those 1% improvements

Being an athlete is a constant exercise in optimization. For cyclists, the time to set new goals and establish better routines usually co...

Finding your fight: The mental side of bike racing

American Kate Courtney graduated from Stanford University in June 2017 with a bachelor's degree in human biology. A month later, she won ...

Balancing act: Lessons learned as a student athlete

American Kate Courtney graduated from Stanford University in June 2017 with a bachelor's degree in human biology. A month later, she won ...