Motivational Monday : Karen Skorochod
A Monday morning tradition that we are starting to keep you motivated and to be striving for your goals even during a hard week or long hours at work. Do you want to get involved? Send us your answers and photo to girly@BikeShopGirl.com
What’s your name and location?
Karen Skorochod, Wind Gap, PA
Karen is also a member of the new Bike Shop Girl Cycling Club : em:pwr cycling
What type of cycling do you enjoy?
Track and cyclocross are my favorites so far
What is your first cycling memory?
Pedaling a tiny used bike I got for my birthday – my first two-wheeler, without training wheels, with dad running beside me the whole way. It took me a while to get used to that, I have not-so-good balance apparently!
Who in the current cycling industry inspires you, and better yet WHY?
There are so many inspirational people in cycling!! I am inspired by people like Liz Reap Carlson, a world-class track cyclist who started later in life and worked relentlessly to get back to the top once again and taught my very first class on the track, Tom Kellogg of Spectrum Cycles – an overall classy gentleman who builds the most beautiful bicycles I’ve ever seen, coaches like Gil Hatton and Bobby Livingston who have reached the top of the sport and now spend countless hours coaching and mentoring cyclists of all ages, and Julie Lockhart – a multi-time national champion who I believe is turning 70 this year. She has an amazing attitude and races all cycling disciplines, I just love talking to her and watching her race. I am also encouraged by the fact that she took up competitive cycling in her sixties – goes to show you it is NEVER too late to try something new and to get in shape!
What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?
Winning the Air Products Womens Finals at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. I took one beginner class and really loved riding on the track. It was a huge thrill being able to compete in and win this race with my very limited experience and training time. Racing under the lights with a big crowd cheering me on felt absolutely unbelievable!
In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward in 2011?
First, for 2011 I need to have a procedure to get my heart arrhythmia (supra-ventricular tachycardia) repaired once and for all! Then, after that I would like to try my first-ever road racing. I plan on racing in the Masters and Rookies track series at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center for this summer and taking some more Air Products classes to acquire more skills. Then, in fall, I would like to try cyclocross once again now that I have my very own cross bike! I just want to ride as much as my schedule allows (with 3 kids and 3 jobs) and HAVE FUN on the bike all year!
Meeting Monday : Elly Blue
Meeting Monday will be an on going series of meeting various women in the cycling industry. Learn about their experiences, history and what they are doing to make cycling better for all women. If you are interested in being apart of this or have an idol that you think fits the bill, please let me know!
1st in our series is a very inspirational person to me, Elly Blue. Elly is the managing editor of BikePortland.org, a Portland, OR based website that follows all things cycling around the city. Originally this site was started by Jonathon Maus back in 2005, it now is a power house in the cycling blogging community.