Barbara “I was like 10 or 11 years old, and I just wanted to destroy everyone on the course. I kept growing every year. But I’ve never had that perfect race. There’s always something in the back of your mind. What will happen tomorrow, what about that race, or that hard training. You can’t do everything you want, and at the same time you just can’t stop.”
This illustrates Barbara’s mindset, which continues to drive her to push. In 2019, she overshot. Struggling mentally and physically she could not find what caused her to perform under her own expectations. Burnt out and over trained, her body gave up. In the midst of the 2019 season, the team banned her from racing and ultimately took away her bikes as she would sneak out when everyone was gone.
“I was in the feedzone giving the other girls the bottles. It was the right thing to do. Now, training is so different.”