When I last wrote about “when cycling hurts down there” in July of last year, I thought I had finally figured things out. Turns out, I was still pretty far off. I just had someone message me about pudendal neuralgia (PN) and felt like I should update this in case others are also going through a differential diagnosis and looking for insight.

After my pudendal nerve block last summer, I had some relief, but it was mostly from being off of the bike. We no longer think that PN was at the root of my symptoms.

The pain came back…


I am an endurance rider for Velocio // Exploro, an elite women’s gravel racing team. We were supposed to be tackling Steamboat GRVL, Rebecca’s Private Idaho, and many other endurance events this year, but they have all been canceled. Had races been happening this year, though, I would not have made it through many of them.

My symptoms started last year in March, when I transitioned from road racing to endurance gravel racing. I started getting UTI-like symptoms (feeling like I had to pee when I really didn’t need to, feeling like I had to pee urgently, and general pelvic…


Getting back on the bike after a serious crash is difficult. I got on my gravel bike on May 9th, approximately 7 weeks after my crash. I went alone to the Croatan forest to shake the dust out and enjoyed it but found myself scared. Even simple turns onto a trail terrified me and I had this fear that I would skid out on the dry dirt and crash. …


I intended to write about every race this year in a timely manner but it has taken me two months to be able to feel up to writing about this one.

On March 23rd, I lined up for Love Valley Roubaix in the quirky and lovable town of Love Valley, NC. I was excited and nervous but did not think that my race would end halfway through the course, face down and unconscious.

The finish line. And horses. Photo from Love Valley Roubaix Facebook page.

The race had been uneventful for the first 25 miles (with the exception of a mechanical causing me to be stuck in my big ring up front)…


Matt and Gordon at the race start with 561 racers ready to #shakethedust! Photo by Jack Looney.

Let’s just say that The Croatan Buck Fifty lived up to it’s name as the Best Bike Game Ever. This was my first gravel race ever, my first race with my new team THE METEOR // INTELLIGENTSIA, and my first race that I finished after getting rhabdomyolysis. After four years of being a strict roadie and yelling out “gravel!” to warn other riders of the tiny pebbles of peril looming in a turn on an otherwise nicely-paved road, getting after the gravel at the Croatan Buck Fifty was a new and awesome experience.

The Setting: The Croatan Buck Fifty takes…


I know it has been awhile since I posted on here but I keep getting emails from Medium telling me that people are continuing to read my story about coming back from rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo), so I wanted to start writing again now that I have something to say other than “I’m riding my bike and I feel okay.” Hopefully it gives some of you going through rhabdo some hope that things might get back to normal.

No rhabdo here. Gators yes, but no rhabdo.

The last time I wrote, I was discouraged because I didn’t know what the end point was with my rhabdo recovery and if I’d…


If I were pregnant, I would be starting my third trimester and the finish line would be in sight. The nights I didn’t sleep well, the moodiness, the fatigue, the swelling, the pain-it would all be worth it in just 12 weeks. But I’m not pregnant (that I know of, hah)- I’m just recovering from rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo). And unlike knowing a bundle of joy is coming in 12 weeks, my endpoint is unknown both in terms of time and result. …


Well, it has been 8 weeks since I got rhabdomyolysis on April 12th at Joe Martin Stage Race. It has been a long process to try to figure out how to manage my life after this injury.

The most frustrating thing is that no one knows what comes after rhabdomyolysis. I’ve searched academic journals and blogs alike and there is a complete lack of information on guidelines for endurance athletes after rhabdo. …


I lined up for stage 1 of Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville, AR nervous about the mid-race descent down 8 hairpin turns. I’ve descended mountains before but never in a race, and never near 90 other riders. Turns out, the descent was just fine (thanks in large part to teammies Jennah Dunham and Jenni Wakeman coaching me down it five times the days before). But what happened in the next 35 miles of the race was far from just fine.

The squad (minus guest rider Allison) pre-riding the TT/descent. Photo by Jason Hagan.

The descent was followed by a 2.4 mile climb out of Devil’s Den. I was with the main peloton…


Rides can be memorable for many different reasons. Sometimes, it is the views, sometimes it is the emotions-from joy and elation to defeat and despair, and sometimes it is what happens on the ride that makes it worth remembering. Here are three of my most memorable rides (sorry if you already heard about the third one from a previous post but I had to include it in this blog, too!)

A rare moment when I was smiling on this ride. Also, my saddle bag was bigger than my saddle at that time…#newbie

The first memorable ride that comes to mind is the one when I was at my lowest point ever on a bike. I’m pretty self-critical, so it isn’t a surprise…

Sarah Moloney

Taking on life one pedal stroke at a time.

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