If I had a nickel for every time someone underestimated me then I would be a very rich girl. I love it though. I love every time someone looks at me and draws too quick of a conclusion. It's a chance for me to prove them wrong.
I am a moose. I am unassuming and often overlooked, but I am powerful.
When I was nine years old and I stood on the start line for the first time, a man three times my body weight stood in front of me. I smiled, because I knew I would pass him before the first turn. When I won the amateur XTERRA World Championship for the first time at age 16 and my competitors looked shocked, I smiled because I wasn’t the one they were looking for over their shoulders. At age 22, when my male professor says, “How could you possibly be a professional mountain biker?” I still smile, because I am capable of so much more than he could ever imagine.
Most people underestimate me and that’s okay. My goals are far too big for most people to assume and sometimes even too big for me to say out loud.
I am a moose. When most people list the dangerous animals of the mountains, they list mountain lions, bears, or snakes. The moose is often forgotten or overlooked. The moose is a little awkward and slowly walks down the trail. It is an herbivore and generally poses no threat. The moose, however, has very few predators of its own. Moose have been seen to fend off bears and packs of wolves. Running at speeds up to 35 miles per hour and having the endurance to swim for over 2 hours, moose are much more than meets the eye.
The moose is the focal point on my Garneau custom cycling kit because it reminds me that even the biggest and most powerful is often underestimated. Every doubt from others is just fuel for my fire. I will charge on!