Director Diary #2: Mary Zider

Director Diary #2: Mary Zider

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It’s All About That Bass

“It’s all about that bass", the catch phrase and song by Meghan Trainor, were stuck in my head as I cruised home from a training ride on route 29 this past weekend. These words just stuck in my mind over and over again…and with a little play on words…It’s all about that bass…or "base", made me think, I gotta write my first rider diary about these lyrics!  Over the past few weeks, I’ve become increasingly more excited about my new role(s) as Director Sportif and rider for Team Colavita|Bianchi.  Initially I was nearly scared to death wondering if I could pull off both directing a team and racing all at the same time.  But as the weeks have gone by and our first team camp is in the rear view mirror, I’m discovering much of the complexities were self-imagined.  Don’t get me wrong it’s a lot of work that requires a lot of structure in my day to make it all happen, but it rarely seems like work….cause it’s just way too fun!

Back to the lyrics…or my version of the lyrics.  I’ve been privileged to be in the Pro Women’s Peloton for many years now, and I’ve been able to ride for several different directors, both domestically and internationally.  Prior to racing, I’ve been on a sports team of some sort well before I could walk and chew gum at the same time (I learned that in 6thgrade).  This collection of directors and coaches has been a great source of learning for me which has now provided a wealth of knowledge to draw upon on how I want to run a team.  What I lack in experience as a director, I feel I’ve been able to take good notes on over the years and lay a solid base on which to build my own team and create my own experiences.   This solid base is not just in regards to directing.  As a rider, it’s also becoming more evident over the years of how important a solid base really is to a successful season.  I feel being both a director and a rider….and having a solid base in both of these areas would allow me to relate to my rider’s needs on a completely different level.  In my opinion, it makes my job (both of them actually) a lot easier this way.  As with anything in life I will always strive be a "student of the game" so in this particular new role I am ready to learn, make mistakes and work to be better. I know I won’t always get it right but so far things are off to a great start and I’m ready to make it “all about that base” or in cycling terms “expand my ceiling”.  I am so thrilled to be in my new leadership role and welcome it with open arms. I can’t wait to work with all my riders and help each one strive to be their best…not just on the bike but great people off the bike as well. This is just the beginning and I can’t wait to kick-off the 2015 season with Colavita|Bianchi p/b Fine Cooking.