IN THIS EPISODE Mike sits down for a chat with Mara Abbott (that’s with two b’s and two t’s), the first American ever to win the Giro Donne, one of the Grand Tours of women’s bicycle racing. In between trading smoothie recipes and Twitter stalking confessions, they discuss favorite places to cycle, Mara’s Game of Thrones addiction, strategies for making riding the trainer more interesting, and which of them is the bigger dork.
Mara shares the story of her love affair with triathlon, what it was like to quit being a bike racer and then come back and win one of the biggest races in women’s cycling, and the dangers of self-sabotage. And somewhere along the way, an interloper in the bookstore where they’re chatting walks into the middle of the podcast recording and steps on their conversation to amusing results. They also consider the merits of loneliness, the benefits of cycling fame, and why who you are is more important than what you do.
You’re sure to be intrigued and charmed by this chance to get to know one of the superstars of women’s cycling just a little bit better.
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