For any of you locals that have seen my little profile section in the latest Memphis Health and Fitness magazine, I wanted to provide you with a little extra dialog that was changed in the editing process of the email-interview. I can see how it needed to be edited down for brevity, so here is the original (edited sections in bold)
Q: How do you feel about being a woman in a male-dominated sport?
Q: There are not a lot of women in the sport. What got you involved?
A: I got involved when some trail running friends of mine (the Warthogs!) invited me out for a bike ride one day, and I fell in love with it. As far as the involvement of women, I try to ignore the gender factor when it comes to trying new things. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shy away from an activity just because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s traditionally male-dominated. Heck, as far as I know, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only one other female mechanic in the city. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it should really matter, but a lot of women doubt their abilities and wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t try new things simply because they are always questioning themselves, and it leads to intimidation. Sorry to flip the feminist switch, but in cycling as well as in my past job as a collegeÃ‚ teacher, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen it over and over- young women who doubt themselves so much, are so afraid of failure or Ã¢â‚¬Å“looking stupid,Ã¢â‚¬Â that they just wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t try. I hate it. But, on a positive note, the women (or anyone, for that matter) who do step past the boundaries of their comfort zones and try something new are always really inspiring to me.
There ya go… enjoy!