I’ve been in the fitness/outdoor/cycling industry for about 5 years now. The last 3 years have been spent in the cycling industry. I learn so much about myself every day in this world, and so much of what I learn could be applied to every aspect of life, not just cycling. So this morning I decided to share a few tidbits of what I have learned with you guys. Enjoy!
10. Lighter does not necessarily mean better. This is not exclusive to bikes.
9. Flashier also does not necessarily mean better. Again, not exclusive to bikes.
8. Drink lots of water. All the time, not just when riding. Hydration is key to a better life, and less calf cramps.
7. Beer is not a replacement for water, but used in conjunction, can be key in helping you get through a big ride with a smile still on your face. And the vision of a cold pint can help you get over that big climb.
6. There is always more to learn. Always. Bike technology is constantly evolving, so you have to stay on your toes, and keep up with the internets. Once again, this philosophy is not just applicable to bikes. Keep your mind open at all times and you will be surprised how much you can learn.
5. Spend money where it matters. Things that you use every day are well worth the investment. This can apply to everything from cassettes to bibs to underwear to coffee. Your initial investment will pay off very quickly.
4. If you break things often (and you know who you are, klutzy-mcgee) don’t buy carbon (or expensive dishware, for that matter). Just don’t. Titanium is your friend.
3. No one gives a fuck who you know. Really. I promise. You might have Eddy Merckx, Greg Lemond, Lance Armstrong, Bernard Hinault and Mark Cavendish on your speed dial….but that doesn’t make you any more intelligent or fun to be around. Name dropping just makes you look like a brown-noser without your own personality.
2. On that same note, your knowledge, helpfulness and willingness to learn are some of the most important traits in this industry. Keep up with the news, keep up a positive attitude, and keep your wide-eyed initiative. Just be genuine, and people will be impressed with your honesty.
1. It’s going to be hard. It’s an uphill battle every day to be taken seriously in this world, especially as a young woman. But the rewards are 100% worth it. I wouldn’t trade my career choice (or my gender) for anything.
- Seeing everyone racing at their top form of the season.
- The mountains.
- Jens, Cav, Horner, Fabian, Zabriskie, and The Schlecks
- The photography.
- The commercials (Bobke testing out his acting chops for RoadID? Yes, please!)
- Starting my day with bike racing + coffee at work. (yes, I have the best job ever.)
- Having to admit to myself that many of these men are “preparing for the race” illegally. In my opinion, Grand Tours are a part of a system that encourages doping. 21 days of racing? Of course you would want to start out stronger and recover faster.
- The fact that the mountains aren’t nearly as stunning and scenic as Italy’s, yet get twice as much coverage.
- The photographers that seem to shoot the same thing every year and expect us to stay compelled.
- The commercials (We get it. You chose SRAM. So did I. But I’m not talking about it all the fucking time.)
- Starting my day with a 6am bike ride to work. (but it’s okay, because I have the best job ever.
Did I win?!?!?!
I can’t even imagine what my life would be like without bicycles. The feeling of freedom when I’m flying down a hill, the beauty of the wind whipping against my face combined with the familiar ache in my legs…..bikes are such a part of my daily life that I don’t even thing twice about it anymore.
But there is a whole demographic of people who have never experienced riding. They never even thought they could….because how could you possibly ride a bike when you’re blind?
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, Tx has a fleet of tandem bikes available for their students. All they need is captains to lend some helping legs! This video shows the awesome folks over at Social Cycling ATX on their weekly ride with the kids over at TSBVI. The looks on the student’s faces say it all…bicycles really are amazing.
You know you are a part of a truly solid relationship when your boyfriend is in a grumpy mood, so you make him go for a bike ride by himself.
Solo rides solve everything.