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Willow Koerber, 30: Mountain Bike Racing
Top American female in the 2007 World Cup

“The only difference between me and the next guy is how well I master my fear,” says Koerber. “We all train hard, so it really all comes down to your mind. I remind myself that I’m in control of the bike. I’m not a passenger; I’m the driver.”

To keep her training regimen feeling fresh, Koerber bunches her workouts into blocks: “I’ll spend three or four hours on my bike for five days in a row. Then I’ll take the next three days off to recover. I’m a big fan of natural healing: I love spas, massages, and Pilates,” she says. “By the time the break is over, I’m pumped to get back in the saddle. So my heart’s always in it.”

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