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Interview with Tammy Sadle

Win a Bike Light – Motivational Monday with Tammy Sadle

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Light & Motion Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

This 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!

Interview with Tammy Sadle

What’s your name and location?

Tammy Sadle, Boulder, Colorado

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

You know, the ‘wind in the hair’ types…crusin’, road, and mountain

What is your first cycling memory?

Me and my little sister, Kim, riding bikes in our community growing up. We had just watched The Muppet Movie and were trying to recreate the scene where Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy were riding figure eights on bikes while singing. Let’s just say there was a minor collision and lots of laughter involved!

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

Organizations such as First Descents (who I’ll be fundraising and racing the Leadville 100 for) and other Colorado based health promoting non-profits/charities have provided me with the ‘WHY?‘ I needed to immerse myself back into competitive cycling. I had started to find bike racing to be a quite self-promoting sport and no longer knew how it fit into my broader life goals, until I signed up for LV100 with First Descents (they had 20 available spots for people willing to raise at least $3,000 before the start of the race). Suddenly I had purpose and desire beyond myself and was instantly enamored with the good vibes and happy faces of the entire mountain biking community. More specifically, my coach, Daniel Matheny (Carmichael Training Systems/Honey Stinger pro), is a big inspiration because he has been able to translate my ‘turbo’ and overachieving mentality (which often leads to burn out and disappointment) into goals, structure and lifestyle that are FUN, sustainable and low stress but not without challenge. Of course, the women of mountain biking (especially those with mad descending skills), and who represent and give back to their community, inspire me to be a positive example.

What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?

Racing with Jeanie Longo at Steamboat Stage Race and hearing her tell me to ‘Go! Go!’ in her cute French accent. She is amazing!

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

To become more involved with local health promoting groups (especially with young girls/women) through volunteering (Valmont Bike Park, Colorado High School League, and others) and to continue to be true to myself…doing what feels good and makes me smile. Oh, I do have a list of skills I’d love to master which include learning to do a wheelie and some bike mechanics.

Interview with Tammy Sadle

Wanna Know About my Bikes?

I purchased a 2010 Scott Spark Contessa which is totally tricked out with the best, hand picked parts. I take no credit for this, but am fully enjoying it and believe that to a large degree…it IS about the bike! You gotta find a bike that fits you well, is dependable and lightweight. Don’t wait to become a cyclist, the right bike and gear can help with this! I also have a Cannondale CAAD-9 road bike with a Powertap to do structured power-based training and a fixed-gear road bike for fun.

About the Author

Bike Shop Girl has over 12 years of bicycle industry experience and hands on knowledge. Hoping to empower women and others on the bike so they too can feel the freedom and power that two wheels can give someone.

9 Comments

  1. I am totally motivated by people who spend their time educating kids about bicycling. We are so lucky in Washington state to have an amazing bicycle educator named Eileen Hyatt who through a Safe Routes to Schools Grant is now teaching kids across the state how to bike and bike safely – along with her other efforts… http://www.downtoearthnw.com/stories/2010/apr/17/eileen-hyatt-your-bike-buddy/
    We need more like Eileen across the country!

  2. I’ll be honest..I was on my Twitter (which I am such a ‘newb’ at) and I saw one of your tweets…and I thought “Hmmmm I’d like to know a little more about this person” so I clicked on your profile and then your blog spot..and SHAZAM….sounds like brown nosing but really whenI saw the site it is people with your spirit, passion and drive that motivate me…. knowing that others share something that I find such JOY in cycling and seeing what they do with that passion is what makes me want to try harder to keep passing on my passion to others as well…….Life on a Bike is the sweetest there is! Thank you!

  3. I am motivated by bikers who don’t own a car. It’s helped me realize I can ride in virtually any weather, and get just about any place by bike with a little planning. Most of these riders aren’t outspoken cycling advocates, but their example provides the strongest message possible about the simple joy and practicality of cycling not to mention the health and environmental benefits every time I ride. Carless friends and co-workers have inspired me to increase both my recreational and commute riding.

    • Terry – you’ll be getting an email from Anna Brones!

  4. Working in the bike industry gives me motivation nearly every day. For the most part, I wrench all the time. But on the occasion, I assist people in finding the right bike for them. Wheither its a young child or older person, I see in them a spark that a new bike brings to their eyes. A short travel in time to remember when I rode my bike for the pure joy as a kid. RIding around my house from morning to dark.
    Now I not only ride to commute, save on fuel and money, not to mention the planet. I get that renewed feeling of pure joy rolling down the roads and pathways. I am a kid again..

  5. I got into running last year to conquer my insecurity of not being athletic. With insecurities, I believe people can either sit and complain, accept their weakness, or change and get better. This was something I wanted to change. I could only do a couple miles at first, and I’d have to walk a ton. Eventually, I could run a few miles without walking. Then, I met my goal of running a half marathon! This year I made it a goal to do a triathlon…and now I’m addicted! I’m using my grandpa’s old bike I found in the garage, and have already hit a 30-mile ride after not biking for years! I finally feel confident in my abilities. It’s all determination.

  6. Awesome blog! I’m a fellow bike lovin’ FDer girl, and am so wowed that you’re gonna take on the Leadville 100! Rock it, lady! I love bikes and just got a new rig. She’s a blast! Anyway, thanks for being inspiring and raising money and awareness for such wonderful causes!

  7. Carrie –

    What a great comment! Thanks for contributing and I hope you come back

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