Thursday, April 13, 2017

Continued Motivation


Since embarking on a new journey and dedication to track cycling this year, I have a few quotes that I find myself revisiting with increased frequency when training starts to take its toll.

  • It takes years of hard work to become an overnight success - Gary Mack
  • Motivation gets you going. Discipline keeps you going - Jim Ryan
I love both of these because they remind me that it's the hard work and time put in that is going to set me apart from the others and that I am being true to myself.  It also brings me comfort and reassurance of my goals during particularly difficult times....like when friends ask to meet up for dinner, go skiing or take a 2 hour bike ride.  The guilt of saying "no, I have to go to the gym/riding" weighed quite heavily on my heart for a while. At first it was "I have to", but after 4 months of devotion to my training, it's now "I choose to" because in reality, everything is a choice!  There is nobody forcing you to do anything, regardless of what you may think.  :-) 
But if you do set goals for yourself, hold fast to them and see them through because in the end, 
you are worth the investment!  :-D

And....if your goals happen to be learning something new, such as riding the velodrome, let me know!
Hee hee hee... 


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Love life

KI found myself feeling a little down the past few days and then went out riding, and bam nothing but smiles! What a gift it is to ride a bike in Colorado encountering many other cyclists on a 65 degree day in early March! I am so grateful to be part of the bike ambassadors with so many amazing women and such diversity. I can't count how many people comment on how they love our kits and ask me about our sponsors. It's an amazing feeling to be a part of something great. I can't wait to see what the spring, fall, and summer hold for our small, but powerful team! 


Friday, February 3, 2017

January...

January. Oh, January. It's that weird first month of the year, when you're coming off the high of the holidays, but excited for the promise of the new year to come. It's the month when most race lotteries happen, and you start putting together some ideas of what craziness you're going to attempt THIS time. 

So you stare at the computer for the exact second that registration opens and give the race your money. You scramble around trying to find accommodations for whatever crazy you just signed up for.



And then, the training begins. The weather usually doesn't cooperate, so on the trainer you go...




Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Costa Rica commuting

Ride more driveless in Costa Rica! Commuting to the beach.... just a girl and her bike. Forgot how much fun cruiser bikes are! Not much more to say than that. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Just One More Ride

After a long holiday break, lots of snow and way too much traveling, I finally got in my first bike commute of 2017. I'd be lying if I didn't admit that getting ready was a $hit show. I couldn't find my panniers and cold weather gloves, and the roads...oh the roads! Too many crunchy, icy spots to get the mind twitchy, the blood pressure up and the nerves rattled for a morning commute. But it wasn't as bad as I anticipated, and it was about time I got back into the commuter groove.



In 2016, I set a personal goal to #ridemoredriveless, for my health, my wallet and the environment. I even moved closer to Denver to ease up my overall commute time (and in protest of $17/day parking fees). I tested different assumptions about bike commuting - everything from required attire to lighting systems, from managing time to get to work and energy to commute and still ride for fun, and most importantly, how to manage my energy expenditure (aka sweat) and helmet head so I could arrive appropriately bright-eyed and professional.

My biggest mantra was simply to get on the bike and don't over think it. I learned to commute in a dress (and still prefer it to kitting out!), that donning a helmet with slight damp hairs = KILLER hair for the day, that a pan of brownies rides pretty well on a rear rack, that Colorado's network of bike paths are incredible and that panniers are everything.


Just for fun, I tallied my commutes for 2016. 99 total commutes to work, running errands and as a means of alternative transportation. One ride shy (if only I was paying attention!) and now sets my new goal for 2017. Here's to 100+ in 2017.





Wednesday, January 4, 2017

AC Recovery

5 weeks post LockDown procedure has this Bike Ambassador having anxiety spikes at the very sight of roadies all bundled up commuting as I drive to work down Baseline and Arapahoe. At Megan's suggestion and coach Kasey Clark assistance I turned my 20 year old Jamis mountain bike into a spinner (changing out tires and getting alignment set) for rehab in my home office which has been great yet the having the comradery of Defined Fitness Training spin class or just the feel of the road is missed.
I've learned through this process that anyone who considers their age 1st and their health 2nd are already defeated which only leads down a negative path that adds to any agreeable comeback. The personal argument of Road Racing or Crits is a constant but certain struggle. Being part of a team with others that have experienced the same issues and knowing I always have someone to back me up has truly made my recovery process seem more attainable. Goal setting with you gals is so positive!
Dr. took my sling away yesterday, PT 3 times a day with pulleys, spinning and eating right....hope to add weights in 2 weeks and be in Spin classes by mid February and road by March 1st??? Sneaking off to Loreto, Baja Mexico in week to escape this cold.

Bike Ambassadors are going to have a monster mileage year while conquering a few podiums. Can't wait Ladies!!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

One Last Ride

My husband and I brushed the dust off of the old road bikes we keep stored at my parents' house in south Florida this morning... There's something to be said for being able to ride your bike in your sleeveless jersey on the last day of the year.



I was pleasantly surprised by the way the old bike didn't suck as much as I remembered, and we had a great (if windy, the wind here is as bad as in Colorado) ride.



On the way home, we stopped by a CVS for some much needed allergy meds, where people looked at me really funny in my full cycling gear. I guess nobody runs an errand while out on a bike ride down here. It was absolutely worth it for the looks I got!  


Now the only question that remains (in my mind, at least) is this:
Does it count as a commute if you just randomly stop at the pharmacy while out on your bike ride?😊