Train, Compete, Strive

It is more than a decade ago when I competed in high school Basketball back in Germany. Since then, I have truly missed the team spirit, the intense training, losing and winning games.

Over this summer, I have started competing in road cycling races, and I have found a long lost passion for competing in sports again. My first race, the Brentwood Grand Prix, was probably the hardest to start with, and being a greenhorn to criterium races I got my exhausted legs handed back to me on a silver plate, at least I wasn't the last person to cross the finish line. This was a slap into the face, a wake up call: I had to do a lot of work, if I wanted to ride up in the front and really compete.

The following weeks, I trained harder and kept pushing myself: One more sprint, a few more miles, go faster. When my alarm clock rang at 6am, my body wanted to stay in bed, sleep more, it's warm and comfy, rest...but my mind said: Get on that bike! My fitness level improved dramatically and in the next races I was riding up front. Each race, taught me better tactics for the next. I have climbed the rankings from the bottom to 23rd place out of 60 riders, so far, and I will continue trying to overtake the other 20 in front of me... (Update 11/10/13: I have reached a podium spot today, sprinting over the finish line for 2nd place.)

I've been talking to fellow racers and other athletes, and everyone has the passion to strive for better. This experience gave me the idea to show with my photography what's going through an athlete's mind, so I developed catch phrases to go along with the images for this concept, hoping to motivate others in pursuing their goals and fighting their battles along the way.