5 Teenage Girls =
0 Chocolate Chip Cookies
My husband and I help coach the local high school mountain bike team. We started three seasons ago as just general volunteers, then assistant coaches, then this season as team head coaches. The team has over 80 kids, 6 head coaches, assistant coaches, ride leaders, general volunteers and parents galore.
Our season runs December 1st through the end of May – a full six months of practices 4 days a week. State Championships will be next week as we round out this season.
Our part of the team (approximately 1/5th of the 80 kids) were mostly middle schoolers and a handful of high schoolers. Our middle schoolers finished their season last weekend which left us with just our high schoolers which happen to all be girls.
This season has seen crashes, stitches, endo’s, and wins on the podium, but my favorite part was getting to know each member of our team and watching them grow not only in their skill on the mountain bike, but their sheer determination to push on.
You can imagine with trails having names such as the Black Beast and Hell Hill for example that you learn to toughen up, but you learn to smile on ones like Backbone, Two Foxes, and Si Nombre…if you’re lucky even the Super Secret Trail.
The first 6 weeks or so of practice we were able to keep ahead of those kids, but they then pushed us the rest of the season. Today I just wanted to say thank you to our part of the team. Thank you for the laughs, the tears, the learning curves, the pushes, the games, and for just showing up practice after practice, race after race.
Today was my last hard ride with my girls. We did hill repeats on Rabbit Hill. By the 5th time up my legs were starting to burn, but I got zero complaints from those girls. Next week is the State Champs and this season will come to an end, but the memories will live on. After practice today I gave them a treat of Costco chocolate chip cookies and you know what? 5 Teenage Girls = 0 Chocolate Chip Cookies.