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Shannon Ford-Smith  Cycling Enthusiast | body positive | omnivore | neuromuscular disorder | 🇨🇦 📩 shannonfordsmith@gmail.com

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A genuine smile as I reflect back to just how far I've come in the past year. I haven't posted daily as the ups and downs have been intense, and uncertain at times. I post the highlights, I don't post the meltdowns and the lows, which should be noted that they've happened often. (Ask my friends haha). It's also worth mentioning that as much as I'm capable and thankful I can return to a lot of my previously loved activities, I need a lot of rest in between, and during them. I also stumble and trip as my coordination isn't quite perfect, but it's getting better. The past two years have been a lesson in hard work and determination, even if you can't notice the changes right away. .
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Not being able to race my bike so far this year has given me a lot of time to reflect and to spend with loved ones. I've enjoyed the time off and have understood that racing is above what my body is capable of doing well right now. All that being said, I'm dying to train and race my bike for fun again. It's a huge part of my life and who I am as a person. I might come in last place, but for now it would be a huge win just to participate again. ..
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I've had a few ladies ask me about my eyebrows here on Instagram...and funny enough I wasn't born with any. 🤣😶In an attempt to no longer wear makeup most days or while riding I opted for microblading. Similar to tattooing it's done with a scalpel and ink and lasts a few years. So happy my friend @browbeautiesyvr was able to help me, and help correct a previous botched attempt by another artist. I like to keep things as natural as possible every day and couldn't be happier. .
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Stoked to be back on the bike but am still trying to find the balance of getting out there, and knowing when to take it easy and stay home. I struggle intensely with the expectations I put on myself and on a body that doesn't always want to come along for the ride. I struggle with the expectations of others as I've "looked great!" throughout this entire process, and it is beyond misleading. I think we all have this idea and expectation of one day you'll "make it" and be all better, but it's forever a work in progress...and it's messy. I appreciate just how far I've come and how damn hard I've worked to get here, but I still have miles to go. Thanks to those who are coming along for the ride with me.
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It's been a long hard road of riding and training mostly solo just to get back to a moderate level of riding. Today is my first group ride with a road team in years! .
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I needed time. Time away from social media. Time to figure out some big life changes. Time to go through the roller coaster that is life without feeling the need to put on a strong face. .
Healing is not always linear. There were days I'd cry to loved ones telling them just how hard things are thinking I was getting worse, then the next day a bit of hope, then back to being even sicker. I needed the time to experience things without the pressure to try and stay positive in a situation that isn't always so. And in doing so, I am getting better and continue to work at improving myself daily. I want to share as much as I can to help others, but want to make sure I'm authentic and not just another girl in yoga pants with inspirational quotes. #blessed #woke 😉
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What better way to spend the Canada day and 4th of July weekend, than spending half of it riding in Canada and half in the USA. Had a blast meeting some of the Instagram cycling community in person. And as they say...Keep Portland weird! 👀.
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