Someone once told me, "at the end of the day, you are remembered not for how many ski races you won but for the kind person you were".
With Carla -aka "Ginger Ninjer", this rings true more than ever. She was one of the BEST people I have ever met.
When I think of Ginger, I don't think of bike racing or results. I remember the time we spent together off the bike. I remember her smile, her thoughtfulness, her laugh. I remember her being Robin's "bike wife" and making her breakfast. I remember talking about family, about training, about loving life. I remember hanging out, drinking coffee after Philly (she was drinking some kind of red smoothie drink). I remember the funny names we came up with for her new Twitter account. The list goes on.
Carla was one of the best people, if not the best, I have ever met.
She sent me a postcard from India.
Carla was an A-MAZING bike rider. But when I think of her, I remember the person she was.
I knew Carla as a friend for less than a year. She made a big impact.
Thank you for enhancing my life, Ginger Ninjer.
I'd attach a picture of her, but I don't have one. Bummer.