Motivation Monday

Arleigh Jenkins
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Motivation Monday: Finding Time Away

Finding motivation is something that during any point of a day we all struggle with. Motivation to get out of bed when your alarm sounds, motivation to follow your dreams, motivation to set goals, and motivation to live the life you want to live.

Often I am motivated by people, by photos, by quotes and even sometimes desires. My latest motivation is by helping my girlfriend over come her mountain biking fears and becoming a better cyclist this summer. Finding motivation and creating motivation is a unique thing in life. You need to find what really drives you, what drives you to be better, to make others better.

Last year a friend and I created EM:PWR cycling, to empower other cyclist while empowering yourself. First thing first is what is important, what isn’t important and how do you prioritize those in life?

This weekend it meant forgetting the Garmin, not bashing on the front of the ride but sitting at the back chatting away.

What did you do this weekend? How did you EM:PWR others? I wore unmatching spandex, poking fun of myself, feeling fears, showing emotion and did my best not to intimidate my girlfriend while riding my singlespeed on the mountain bike trail.

Grizzly Adam
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Motivation from Grizzly Adams

A great post from grizzly adams over here.

“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.”

Next time you want to stop pedaling, don’t.

Next time you want to quit, don’t.

When you think you’ve had enough hurt and dirt, you haven’t. You can take a little more. And then a little more after that.

Mountain biking is what we do. We are mountain bikers. When we lack finesse, we use force. When we can’t do that, we shift into the little-ring and spin away our pain.

No matter the hurt, no matter the long climb ahead, we can go on.

We can’t go on, we’ll go on.

Michelle 2
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Motivational Monday with Michelle

What’s your name and location?

Michelle in Melbourne, Australia

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Long distance endurance

What is your first cycling memory?

Riding in circles around our court trying to stay balanced.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Dave Harrington and Peter Heals – they’ve ridden thousands and thousands of km only for the challenge

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Riding 360 km in 24 hrs on the Audax Flèche Opperman ride last weekend

Tell us all about your bikes

Commuter hack, long distance Shogun, TdF team spec Cannondale

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!

Motivational Monday Julie Paisant
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Motivational Monday with Julie Paisant

Julie is a local lady I know from cyclocross. She fully embodies that of em:pwr cycling and motivating all. She’s out there ringing the cowbell and taking photos from the first race to the last. She also cheers you on when she passes you in her races! Kudos to Julie and all she does for women’s cycling.

What’s your name and location?

Julie Paisant, High Point NC

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Cyclocross, Mountain XC and Road. (Listed in order of favorites)

What is your first cycling memory?

Feeling the freedom of riding my first bike without training wheels. Such a strange sensation. Sweet freedom!!!

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

My husband inspires me to ride. He believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

I first though my best moment on the bike was making podium for NCCX this year. (4th place). But then, that really isn’t a moment. It was at the NCCX race in Boone. Really good venue put on by Andrew Stackhouse, Pirate Race Productions. One section of the course had two nasty climbs for racers to tackle. One was not rideable. Barely walkable as far as I remember. I raced the Ridley and had a little trouble on the hill even with all the gears. Slick and rough at the beginning. I did the single speed race later that day and blasted up that hill each of the four laps. (Each time shrieking with joy! It was a short little shriek due to lack of oxygen. Possibly I was the only one that heard it). I was blown away at what I could do on the single speed bike compared to my geared bike. It made me realize I could be so much stronger on my geared bike if I just committed to the gear. I changed the way I trained for races after that and it really paid off.

Tell us all about your bikes

I am currently riding a Ridley X-Fire for Cyclocross. Also built up an old bashed up Redline frame for single speed races. I was surprised at how solid this bike feels. 05′ Santa Cruz Blur, mountain bike. It has been an awesome race bike but parts are breaking down over the years. Time for something new. Thanks to Mock Orange Bikes, I have a Kona King Kahuna 29″ hard tail on the way. It’s probably more bike than I will ever need. Now I shall fling myself into the bushes in 29′ style. Looking forward to it! My Road bike is a previously used LOOK 595. Extremely responsive. I enjoy racing criteriums with this bike. It dips into tight fast turns with such ease.

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!

Motivational Monday Katie Holden
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Motivational Monday with Katie Holden

I met Katie last year at Sea Otter. A kick ass, down to earth, downhill chick. She talked about mountain technique, safety and was a smiling face that many women need to see when relating to “GNAR-CORE” riders. Super approachable and always wanting to help other women get stronger!

What’s your name and location?

My name is Katie Holden and I live in Scotts Valley, CA (near Santa Cruz)

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

I was born and bred on Downhill but I like just about everything. I spend the majority of my time trail riding on my Specialized Safire…it can take you a lot of places a downhill bike can’t (ie. up)  and it shreds on the downhills.  Love pump tracks. You can also find me out on the road bike now and again.

What is your first cycling memory?

My first bike memory is actually teaching my sister to ride a bike on our back patio in Ithaca, NY. I remember that experience quite vividly, it’s a little sad I cannot remember my own!

Motivational Monday Katie Holden

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

There has been an influx of quick girls the past few years which is quite inspiring. These girls are quick, driven, confident…it’s refreshing. When I first started racing, there would be 30+ girls at a national round and now you are lucky to get that at a World Cup round…it is so great that the numbers are going back up. When the depth of talent increases, everyone has to step it up a notch, that inspires me. You have train harder, go faster, push yourself out of your comfort zone…it’s a good thing! Progression is good. I think that now more than ever it is important for girls/women to work together and encourage each other. Often people don’t work together out of competitiveness (or fear) but what they are failing to realize is the quicker (and bigger) we go collectively, the more we will be taken seriously, the more we will get paid, the more we will be looked at as equals. That was kind of a roundabout way of answering the question but basically progression inspires me!

As far as actual people go, I have always been inspired by Jill Kintner for her drive and determination, Tracey Hannah for her pure talent on a bike (I have never seen raw talent like Tracey) and Rebecca Rusch because she is an incredible athlete and I have learned so much from her in one short year, I will always look up to those three but I am inspired by people on a daily basis!

What was your best moment on a bike in 2012?

Well the year is still young, but I just got back from a riding trip in Jamaica and it was so, so great.

Motivational Monday Katie Holden

In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward in 2012?

I want to be on the top of the podium…that is always the goal. Aside from that having fun and enjoying everything along the way is very important to me. i have never been the type to go to a race and hang out in the hotel room…I want to get out there, see cool stuff, eat good food, meet new people! Travel have been a huge partof my life since I was a kid, I absolutely love it…following that passion, I am working on doing some more bike/photo/guiding trips to mix it up!

Wanna Know About my Bikes?

I ride a Specialized Demo 8, Safire, SX Slalom, P.3 and Ruby!

I just want to give a huge shout out to my sponsors Specialized, SRAM, Camelbak, Scotts Valley Cycle Sport, Smith, DT Swiss, Gamut, Vans, Leatt, Navitas Naturals, Joby & Pro-Tec! Thank you all so much.

You can find more info on my blog www.katieholden.com ,facebook.com/thekatieholden & twitter.com/katieholden Photo credit: Ian Hylands

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!

Motivational Monday Melinda
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Motivational Monday with Miranda

What’s your name and location?

Miranda from Dallas, y’all

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Relaxed rides on trails and around lakes, commuter biking, road biking.

What is your first cycling memory?

Oh my goodness, this is an intense one. I remember riding around the church parking lot across from my house. My papa was watching my sisters and me and I wanted to show off my sweet moves for him. As I peddled around in dizzying circles, I lost control and fell hands first into the gravel. Since Papa was already old (he was my great grandfather), it took him a bit to come over. By the time he arrived, the blood had already congealed and covered up the piece of rock buried in my hand. Papa had only one choice. As he took out his pocket knife to clean it, my four year old self screamed bloody murder. My sisters held me down while Papa used the knife to cut the rock out of my hand and the hanging skin around it. I made it home where my mom bandaged it up. Definitely not a memory I easily forgot!

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

I don’t know exactly who inspires me. I ride because it is a time to be by myself, to think, to experience the world, to spend time with God if you will. Yes, I love to ride with my friends, but biking has usually been about getting rid of stress or finding peace in the crazy days.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Probably while I was in a small village called Santinetikan in India. There were no cars, so everyone got around by bike, foot, or motorcycle. We were able to rent out these (terrible) vintage, slightly rusted cruisers to get around. As the sun was setting and the rice workers were coming in, the twilight called all the lightning bugs out to play. I remember looking up at the dusky sky, surrounded by jungle and fireflies and all I could think of (which is cheesy I know) is that I am experiencing something magical. I wish everyone could experience that moment, stopping by the holy river, watching the villagers go about their life without knowing how special (even if poverty stricken) it is. In that moment I easily could have left everything here in the states for that rusty bicycle in that old village in the jungle.

Tell us all about your bikes

I have had many bikes over the years. My favorite, a light purple vintage Schwinn road bike with original gears named Fernando, was stolen a couple of years ago. Right now I am riding a cherry red vintage Takara that makes all the bikers in Dallas jealous for some reason. This bike is named Fabregas (I name my bikes after Barcelona futbol players) and was custom rebuilt for me by an after school program in Dallas called Mercy Street. It is awesome to still be able to go out to west Dallas and ride the levees with the kids that built this bike for me.

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!

Motivational Monday with Laurie
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Motivational Monday with Laurie

Motivational Monday with Laurie

What’s your name and location?

Laurie in Ithaca, NY

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Utilitarian (doing errands), backroads

What is your first cycling memory?

Getting the training wheels off as a kid and riding on my driveway!

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

I see people of all ages and appearance on bikes in my town..riding to work on freezing cold windy days, out and about with young kids coming along behind..this inspires me because of my love of seeing people outdoors, not using gas, connecting to nature.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

I realized this summer that my dog enjoyed biking with me, clipped to my bike with a device called a Springer. She can’t run off and she can’t pull me over.

Tell us all about your bikes

An old secondhand mountain bike from a friend leaving town for $200. Got it tuned up and new tires for $200. Don’t even know the maker! Now I am planning a bike trip with friends for this summer. I might go to Cape Breton as the pictures are irresistible.

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? Let us know and I would love to interview you!

Motivational Monday Karly Coleman
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Motivational Monday with Karly Coleman

Motivational Monday Karly Coleman

What’s your name and location?
Karly Coleman, Edmonton, Alberta Canada

What type of cycling do you enjoy?
commuting, touring, winter cycling

What is your first cycling memory?
Learning to ride by using a vegetable canner as a mounting block. I would ride around and around our yard, fall off, run back to get the canner, take it back to the bike… it was only years later as an adult I realized it would have been easier to take the bike to the canner!

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?
The way I feel when I ride inspires me, because it is so glorious and I can get so many places

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?
zooming around, staying upright and off the ice, and bicycle traffic reporting

Tell us all about your bikes
My everyday ride is a Mountain Equipment Coop Hold Steady. I also have a Brompton folder, a Pashley Princess Sovereign, an Electra, a Kuwahara Super Tour, a unicycle, and a mountain bike of some indeterminate age. My beloved and I also have a Belinky Viewpoint tandem.

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? Let us know and I would love to interview you!

Motivational Monday My Alibi
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Motivational Monday with Abbie Durkee

Motivational Monday My Alibi

What’s your name?

Abbie Durkee

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

MTB, transportation, road, social riding

What is your first cycling memory?

losing the training wheels

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Women. I believe that clothing is the biggest limiter for most women to experience the joy of riding a bike. I put my heart and soul into designing My Alibi Clothing to fit and flatter all types of women so they can feel confident and beautiful on a bike. Get out, pedal and smile, it’s contagious!

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Riding my 4 year old home from school and counting 82 smiles we inspired

Tell us all about your bikes

I love my pink (Hunter) single-speed. It makes me feel in my element and still feminine.

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!

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