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Win a Bike Light – Motivational Monday with Jill Homer

Interview with Jill Homer
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Light & Motion Motivational MondayThis month’s Motivational Monday posts are brought to you by one of my personal favorites, Light & Motion. Between now and the end of June, Light & Motion wants to know who or what in the cycling community motivates  you. All you have to do us leave a comment here or on Light & Motions’ Facebook page. At the end of the month we’ll be choosing one lucky winner to score a brand new VIS 360 commuter light!


What’s your name and location?

Jill Homer. I currently live in Los Altos, California.

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

If I had to sum my riding up in one phrase, I would say I love “bicycle touring.” I love seeing small parts of the world from the seat of a bicycle, from the winding
singletrack in my backyard mountains to the vast frozen tundra of the Iditarod Trail. Sometimes I travel for a couple hours and sometimes for days, but always, in my mind, the emphasis is more on fun and discovery than pure training. Because of this desire to really get out there, I enjoy all types of riding — mountain biking, snow biking, and road cycling.

What is your first cycling memory?

When I was six years old I received my first “big girl” bike as a Christmas present — a yellow Huffy with a brown banana seat. It was a hand-me-down from one of my mother’s friends. I was always secretly ashamed of my yellow-and-brown bike and was jealous when, a few years later, my sister received a much prettier pink and purple Huffy. I’m not sure if not wanting to be seen on an ugly bike is solely to blame, but I didn’t ride that avidly as a child. I used my bike when I needed transportation to my friends’ houses, but didn’t often just go out for simple bike rides.

Who in the current cycling industry inspires you, and better yet WHY?

In the cycling industry, I would say the guys at Salsa Cycles inspire me — Jason Boucher, Joe Meiser, etc. Not only is their company continuously developing innovative bicycles for all types of riding, but they’re out there riding them all the time. Jason rides through the winter in Minnesota. Joe has finished the Tour Divide and Trans-Iowa. I’ve met them both — Jason is on the board at Adventure Cycling Association — and they’re just cool guys.

Interview with Jill Homer

What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?

My best bike moment came in the midst of a 140-mile gravel grinder on the Denali Highway in Alaska, called the Denali Classic. At the time I was contemplating
taking a job in Missoula, Montana (where I lived for 8 months before moving to California.) I was very apprehensive about leaving Alaska, and that long ponderous ride gave me time to really process it. Toward the end I was suffering quite a bit — it was a warm day, I was sunburnt and the rougher-than-expected gravel road had rattled my hands and back — but I crested a hill with a great view of the Susitna Valley bathed in golden evening light. A feeling of peace washed over
me and I knew moving to Montana was the right decision for me. It’s been a wild year of change ever since, but this single moment stands out as a definitive point of perspective.

In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward in 2011?

In 2011, I’ve directed more of my endurance training focus to running. Right now I’m training for the Tahoe Rim Trail 100, which will be my first 100-mile trail ultramarathon (I’ve completed one 100-mile foot race, the Susitna 100 in Alaska in February.) This requires a lot of running focus, so my main goals
right now with bicycles are to commute regularly and have fun. I work from home right now and often use my bicycles to run errands and access trails, and try to drive as little as possible. I also recently moved to California and have a couple of big goals, including a day road tour of the Santa Cruz Mountains that will likely amount to a double century with a ton of climbing, and also linking up a mostly dirt mountain bike route from my home on the east side of the mountains to the Pacific coastline.

Wanna Know About my Bikes?

I am the current owner-user of five bicycles, more than I ever expected. I have a 2010 Rocky Mountain Element, a high-end racing mountain bike; a 2008 Surly Karate Monkey, my steel-framed hardtail 29er that I rode in the Tour Divide and that is currently set up as a single-speed; a 2004 Calfee carbon road bike,
which is actually my boyfriend’s bike but I’ve largely inherited it; a 2007 Surly Pugsley, my beloved snow bike; and a fixed-gear commuting bicycle.

5 Responses to Win a Bike Light – Motivational Monday with Jill Homer

  1. Karolyn S. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this interview with Jill Homer. The beauty about this interview is that it echoed some of the things that are happening in my life; grand decisions that seem to become clearer with each of my beloved bicycle rides.

    I, myself, cannot live without getting out for a ride. Long or short, I need to feel the earth beneath my pedals and the air rush past my face. It helps me in mind, body and spirit and I’ve never felt so fit in all my life.

    Life is a journey and I aim to continue that journey on a bicycle.

    Thank you!

    K.

  2. Karie Honea says:

    My motivation is knowing I’m doing something good for myself, the wind in my face, and being a roll model to my three boys.

  3. Tawny Yambrovich says:

    My motivation – two grandkids that I want to see grow up. Although I have always tried to make sure my kids get proper nutrition and exercise, I have not always been as conscientious about my own health. A lifetime of bad eating habits and an over-committed schedule (job, children, housework, etc.) that did not allow for regular exercise resulted in a weight of 197 lbs at the age of 40, as well as high cholesterol and borderline hypertension (bp 130/90). 7 years and twenty-three double centuries later I am not exactly trim (down to 165), but I am very fit, with lowered cholesterol and blood pressure. Want to see those grandkids graduate from college and start raising families of their own – keeps me pedaling!

  4. Jill and I started out blogs about the same time and its been awesome to ride with her and to see her grow as a cyclist and person… Such a Studette!

  5. Barry K. says:

    I learned to ride a bicycle at the age of 53. That was going on six years ago, and while there have been a period or two that I didn’t ride for a solid month, I generally ride 3-6 days a week, somewhere, to the grcery store or to mail a letter if for no other reason.

    What is the motivation? Sure the people and the technology are motivating. Turnng through a bike magazine or browsing bike blogs on the internet is motivating. But what it really comes to is that riding a bicycle is addictive. Exercise releases some of the same brain chemicals that addictive drugs do. Plus there is the psychological addiction of getting out and seeing the world at a 10-15 mph pace, faster than at a walk, but slower than blowing by in a car.

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