It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
There will come a time in life when you think everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
This week felt like the start of a new chapter for me. Although this one doesn’t really begin until 2018, the announcement that it will be written is always the turning point.
For those of you who missed it, I will now officially be making a move next year and riding for Team Drops.
For the first time in a difficult year, the future is nothing but bright. Every emotion I’ve cycled through (both metaphorically and literally) over the past few months has been replaced with excitement, and enthusiasm for this new beginning.
At times I thought I’d lost this. Possibly forever. Thankfully that’s not the case. I’m like a kid at Christmas, and it’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Change can be a daunting prospect, and we often have to force ourselves out of our comfort zone to make it happen. This time for me is very different.
It’s been one of those times in life when you’re surrounded with positivity. Not for one moment do you doubt the decision you’ve made, even when it would have been easy for people to make you question it.
I don’t think I need to go into the list of ways this year hasn’t exactly gone to plan. The main headline of ‘I was hit by a car, broke a lot of bones and should have died’ just about sums it up. A career’s worth of bad luck condensed into one season. I’m calling it efficiency.
So this is a much needed new beginning. Above all else it’s refreshed and revitalised me. I’ve often been told, and sometimes thought myself, that it would have been easier to give up this year than to carry on. Mentally and physically. Now all of a sudden it wouldn’t be. Why would I throw away the possibilities I can now see ahead of me? Not only for success, but for my rediscovered passion for this sport.
I’ve loved my time at Team Sunweb. Perhaps not every moment of this year for obvious reasons, but I’ve made more good memories here then I could have imagined. It’s been a joy to win together, and a place to grow and learn every time we’ve lost. From teammates to staff, there’s been nothing but support for this move in my career as well. Maybe I should have known that would be the case, but it was a pleasant surprise nonetheless. One I’ll be forever grateful for.
As one of the girls who’s been there from my first race with the team said ‘don’t forget where you came from’. She was joking of course. But she was also right.
The team was my beginning, and it taught me pretty much everything I know, but now I’m ready for the next chapter. Ready for the real substance of my own career to take shape.
Drops is the perfect place for this to happen. A place where my ambitions and principles fit perfectly with theirs. We will work hard for ourselves and each other in equal measure. It’s professionalism meets enjoyment. Happiness watts will be available in abundance, and I can’t wait to use them.
Words: Molly Weaver
Images: Jeff Clark and Team Sunweb used with permission.