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Today’s Motivational Monday is with Jennifer, who empowered herself through bike riding!
What type of riding do you prefer?
What initially motivated you to ride?
I went through a divorce six years ago, and I needed a way to work through my sadness, but also, a way to feel empowered and self-sufficient, so I started riding again.
How does biking influence your life?
A good long bike-ride on the weekend is like a big reset button, and I can feel the stress of the week melt away, and those endorphins kick in, and I feel great. Looking forward to that feeling through hectic weeks helps get me through it.
Who/What influenced you the most when you started?
About a year after my divorce, a friend who was a more experienced cyclist encouraged me to go further, and helped me to get a “real” road bike. That friendship blossomed into romance on bike rides. That is really special, and helped to make sure biking stayed an important part of my life.
What are your riding related goals?
My riding related goals is to become an adventure cyclist. My partner and I did our first bike-pack adventure last summer, and I’ve caught the bug! I see Europe, cross-country, etc. trips in my future.
Do you have any tips for women that are starting to ride?
Ride with people who will challenge you, but not make you feel miserable trying to keep up.
What were your concerns or fears with bike riding?
My biggest fear was going out for a long ride and getting caught with a mechanical. I overcame that by learning how to do basic bike repairs on my own.
What are the biggest struggles we face as female bicyclists, and how do we think we can promote women’s cycling to beginners?
The biggest struggles we face is overcoming our own sense of limitations. My hope to help women overcome that struggle inspired me to make a short film about overcoming my own sense of limitation as a “chubby” girl. This is the link to the trailer:https://vimeo.com/105362731
Photo credit: Mike Geraci