I am in awe of today’s Warrior Lynn. She turned the loss of her child into a catalyst for change. Seeking an outlet during her mental health struggles, she discovered a passion for running, cycling and helping others. All this culminated in three cross-country rides (2015, 2017 & 2019) with the National Kids Cancer Ride, raising money for childhood cancer in memory of her daughter Briony. Between all that riding, she still found time to complete three marathons, over 45 half marathons and oh so many 5k’s all while cheering on her fellow athletes. Her drive inspires me.

Do you have a nickname? How did you get it?

Fast girl. Most people think I have never heard it before. So not funny anymore.

What do you love most about your sport?

I love the freedom of my bike and the challenge of long distance (100-200 km).

Where did you start? What was your beginning?

I started running first; a year after my daughter passed away – mental health issues. Cycling followed a year later. 2011 was my first long distance ride.

How do you ensure you are at your strongest on race day?

Running and yoga are my cross training.

What's on your playlist?

Anything with a strong beat. We Are The Champions by Queen is at the top of my list.

What's your fave piece of tech or gear?

I love my cycling kits matchy matchy. I constantly rub my thighs (I know, weird) but I love the fabric feeling. I feel unstoppable when I am in kit.

What motivates you? What is your 'why'?

My motivation is just to keep moving, make my daughters proud of their momma and be a good role model for all girls.

How do you deal with race jitters?

Breathe.

What is your favourite thing to do after a race?

I love to eat and enjoy a cold beverage after a race. It’s my prize.

What one word describes you? What word motivates you?

Briony. She is how all this got started.

What are you most proud of?

I am so proud of every race or ride that I accomplish. The fact that I showed up and finished. Yay!

How do you display your bling?

They make me proud of the accomplishments. I can look back and know that I am strong. Some days are a struggle, these help.

What challenges do you struggle the most with?

I struggle with not being good enough. Not meeting my expectations and those of others. My self esteem always needs a pep talk (yes, I talk to myself and answer as well).

What advice would you give to someone just starting their athletic journey?

I would tell them: even though the road looks long, you will get there. Especially if you find a group that supports you.

You are one kick ass woman Lynn! You keep pushing through and doing amazing things. I can’t wait to see what is next on your list. Thanks for sharing your journey!

The content of this interview was only edited for clarity and length.

Wednesday’s Warrior – Lynn
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