GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Robin Roberts has always been active, but she discovered bike racing, later in life. She lived overseas growing up in a military family, which made her the disciplined biker she is today.
However, it hasn't always been a smooth ride for Robin. Robin and her husband would ride bikes together in Georgia when they lived there until he passed away in 2007. Then in 2011 and 2014, she lost her father and her mother respectively.
Also in 2014, she was involved in a bike accident where she was hit from my behind. Doctors told her that they weren't sure if she was going to be able to walk again.
Her neurologist t suggested that she should move to Gainesville so doctors at Shands could help her get back on her feet.
And robin got back on her feet, and her bike.
Being on her bike is something she says has helped her get through the difficult times.
And this past October is when Robin got into bike racing.
She rides her bike up to six times a week and a range of distances per day going from 10-40 miles. She also races a variety of distances going ranging from the 5k to 20k.
Robins favorite spot to ride is the Hawthorne trail because of the hills and the shade.
She trained so much that she placed fourth in the state at the senior games.
This punched her ticket to the national senior games in Albuquerque New Mexico. Where she can put her competitive spirit to use.
The bike path of life is never an easy one, but the ride is what makes it worth it.