Interestingly, for an athlete with such a long and successful career, Gould does not see herself primarily as a cyclist.
“If someone asked me to describe myself as a person, ‘bike racer’ would not be in my description, it’s not how I identify myself,” she said.
It is this, she says, that allows her to keep her head down and take the bad with the good.
“I think that that’s a big reason why I’ve been able to get through some of my more difficult results and times,” she said, “because my identity is not all wrapped up in being a bike racer. There’s other things… about myself that I think are more important than bike racing.”
In short, her self-esteem is not dependent on her results.