An avid runner, Jodi Gee never loved cycling; she suffered through the cycling stages of triathlons, but “hated” it. But after a car accident required hip surgery, a nurse suggested she give cyclocross a try as part of the recovery process. From there, Jodi was hooked.
Though she is enduring a continual battle with thyroid cancer, she rides on.
CYCLING THROUGH THE CHALLENGES
“By the time I was diagnosed with cancer, I’d been struggling for years to find the cause of my major migraines, my fading energy and my neck pain. I was at my wits end, but I pushed on through work and play.
“As if that wasn’t enough, within 2 weeks of the diagnosis, I was also hit by a non-insured driver. The accident injured my hip, leaving me unable to run anything more than a mile. Sitting for longer than 5 minutes was so painful, I had to change my life immensely. Driving was worse than sitting. I kept trying to run and the pain was horrendous.
“After surgery for my hip, my nurse told me about cyclocross, and that brought back so much joy! Cycling has brought me through some pretty hard times including 3 major surgeries, and a continuing battle with thyroid cancer. My recovery is going so well that I’ll be able to run again soon. But the bike will always be my favorite, now!”
A NEW FREEDOM
“One of the things I love about cycling is the wind in my hair and on my face, even the rain. I love the freedom riding provides — especially with the stress of life. It takes me away from everything and I think sometimes it’s the only thing that makes my brain shut up. I love the exhaustion after a race and the challenges that cycling provides, as well as the pride in facing those challenges.
“My favorite type of riding is “suburban cyclocross.” What’s at the end of that dead end or behind those trees? I have to keep looking! I can’t stop myself. I remember Thanksgiving a couple of years ago, I rode some trails in my neck of the woods and realized that riding could be so much different and so much better than it ever was back when I did triathlons.”
A SWEETER RIDE WITH SUGAR
And through all of this, Jodi’s Sugar wheels are there for her.
“My Sugar wheels are the best upgrade ever. So sweet they add some sugar to my life. I used to spend a ton on flats and tires. But since I went tubeless, my budget is way cheaper.”