BBC Special Series: Winners

Happy Leap Day!!! I was selected as one of six badass women to be featured in a BBC World News special series about women changing the game in sports. I have not yet reached my goal of going pro, so it's an honor to be a part of something so special. 

We spent an entire week filming around the Bay Area, I was followed by a drone, drafted a pickup, and got in quite a few hill repeats and trainer intervals in the process. I also spent quite a bit of time trying to stay warm, and attempting to look relaxed while feeling like an ice block. Shout out to Luisa for letting me borrow her jacket and shoe covers so I could look fly while I kept warm! All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I'd do it again and again. It was kind of weird to resume regular training without being followed by a camera, but I eventually adjusted. 

From the super exciting first DM on twitter to the impromptu wrap celebration at a karaoke bar in San Francisco where I declared that I in fact don't want "No Scrubs", the BBC team was incredible, and I will always consider them my friends. To Elise, Rhian, Charlie, Shiney, and Tom. Thank you for your time, your energy, and your desire to get it right. I appreciate all that you have done to make me look good, and help me get my message out to millions. How freaking cool is that?  Millions! BBC World is literally the largest news outlet on the planet! 

Side note, to the fellows who passed by and that thought it was funny to threaten to go get your guns and shoot down the drone while we were filming... thanks for showing my new UK friends your true colors, ugh. This is why we can't have nice things!!!! Anyway! 

The video quietly leaked onto the internet Saturday morning. I've already received several lovely messages and words of support from strangers. Thank you all! I'm so pumped to finally be able to share it with everyone! I will be pro, and there shall be black girls racing all over the land!!!!!! Neither goal is mutually exclusive. Just you wait! 

Here is a rad photo set from Shundo David Haye, affectionately known as Shiney! When he wasn't driving us around telling us fascinating things, he was lurking in the shadows capturing the moments. Thank you again for your support, it means the world. Please keep sharing your thoughts, asking me questions, and sending me messages, it really helps on my less motivated days! There are so many wonderful people in the world, and I seem to have met quite a few of them lately. Enjoy! My segment is due for the spotlight on April 4th, be sure to watch the other five incredible stories. Women are so rad! The link for the is at the bottom!

Click HERE to see the video! Woot!

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