Motivation

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Motivational Monday Feedback

There is this somewhat weekly series called Motivational Monday that I post Q&A from women that submitted their answers on this handly form. Basic, who are you and why do you ride questions.

Below are the current questions, but I want your feedback. What do you want to know about other bicycling women? What questions do you want asked?

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

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Motivational Monday with Martha Van Inwegen

What’s your name and location?

Martha Van Inwegen of Action Wipes (my favorite body wipes) – Central Coast, California

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Casual – usually along the beach or just to do errands.

What is your first cycling memory?

The first time I was able to ride a bike by myself. My dad worked part time for a moving company and someone gave him a kids bike. He put it in the garage and said one day he would teach me how to ride it. I was in 1st grade. After school, I’d get on the bike, use the house walls to support me and then let go down the drive way. Soon, I was pedaling all over the neighborhood. I taught myself. My dad didn’t know until the day came when he could teach me. Boy, was he surprised.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

My husband. He rides a single speed MTB and loves it. Watching how he pushes himself up a climb while loving every minute inspires me to get on my own bike. The adrenaline that pumps through his vans and the energy it gives him afterwards is amazing. Now I must admit, getting inspired and actually doing it are two different things. I’m very guilty of just enjoying the sport of cycling as a spectator ;)

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

Every road that leads to our home is a hill of some sort. Then there’s our driveway – a steep climb. My best moment was making it up one of the hills and only having to stop twice, then getting half way up the driveway when I got home! Woohoo!!

Tell us all about your bikes

I have a Jamis road bike. Nothing fancy, but it get’s me where I need to go. Again, I use it primarily to run errands and on casual rides. My favorite bike was stolen 10 years ago and I still dream of it. It was the coolest mash-up of an all chrome Schwinn frame with Harley Davidson handle bars. You could see me coming for miles it shone so bright. I bought it at the San Diego swap meet and it really broke my heart when it disappeared.

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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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Motivational Monday with Chantal Roberts

What’s your name and location?

Chantal Roberts, Little Rock, AR

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

road, relaxing, paved trail

What is your first cycling memory?

Falling off my bike when I was 5, and being so mad at the bike I didn’t ride again for 20 years.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

There are a lot of women I see around Little Rock I envy and it’s that envy/jealousy that makes me want to ride. And I like the cool wind in my face.

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

Riding 15 miles in almost an hour in my first triathlon.

Tell us all about your bikes

Jamis, Ventura Race, midnight violet, which is a stupid name, so I call her Aubergine.

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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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Motivational Monday with Michelle

What’s your name and location?

Michelle from Iowa

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Recreational road, touring, mtb, and dabbling in CX since I now own two ‘cross bikes and I figure I better represent.

What is your first cycling memory?

My brother helping me learn how to ride a bike in our backyard. It was my neighbor’s yellow bike that was way too big for me but falling on the lawn made it less traumatic.

Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?

Myself, it has always been something I’ve enjoyed. From when I first learned to ride and could go on mini adventures by myself to the park up the street, to riding around the “country block” on gravel roads when we moved out of town, to commuting to class in college, and then I really got into cycling after college as a way to stay in shape, socialize with others on group rides, ride RAGBRAI, and more recently, doing some bike touring around the midwest. It’s also a great stress reliever, a great time to think deeply and also mash out any frustrations I might have from life off the bike.

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

I bought a new bike this year, a Lynskey Cooper CX (it’s pretty much my dream bike), so taking the first ride on it was freakin’ amazing! Especially since I went from an aluminum frame to titanium, it was like going from a station wagon to a sports car. It met all my expectations and then some.

Tell us all about your bikes

Lynskey Cooper CX, Trek XO1, Trek 4300, recently sold my Fuji Absolute converted single speed.

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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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Motivational Monday: ‘Tis Cyclocross Season

The weather is cooler, the days are getting shorter and this means one thing. Cyclocross.

The season in the southeast normally doesn’t start until mid fall but more and more groups are getting on board and we should have a couple series in the area to attend.

‘Cross “Race” Calendar

September 4th - (Tentative) Tuesday Nights Under the Lights in Boone, NC

September 8th – Asheville CX Kick Off in Bent Creek Park

September 29-30 - Tennessee MSG in Kingsport

October 6-7 - Tennessee MSG in Unicoi

October 14th - Asheville CX at Pisgah Brewery

NC CX Race Series: 

Race #1 – Sat. October 20, 2012 – Southern Pines, NC 
Race #2 – Sun. October 21, 2012 – Raleigh, NC 
Race #3 – Sun. October 28, 2012 – Boone, NC 
Race #4 – Sun. November 4, 2012 – Salisbury, NC Not in town
Race #5 – Sun. November 11, 2012 – Wilkesboro, NC
Race #6 –  Sat. November 17, 2012 – Durham, NC

Race #7 – Sun. November 18, 2012 – Statesville, NC
Race #8 – Sun.December 2, 2012 – Charlotte, NC

Race #9 – Sun. December 9, 2012 – Winston Salem, NC 
Race #10 – Sat. December 15, 2012 -UCI NCGP  - Hendersonville, NC
Race  #11 – Sun. December 16, 2012 – UCI NCGP – Hendersonville, NC

NC CX Winter Series:

Race #12 – Sat. January 5, 2013 – Raleigh, NC 
Race #13 – Sun. January 6, 2013 – Fayetteville, NC      
Race #14 – Sat. January 19, 2013 – Winston Salem, NC
Race #15 – Sun. January 20, 2013 – Greensboro, NC

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Motivational Monday: Ride with the Boys

Lately as I have been traveling I have been doing my best to ride with others. Normally I ride by myself as it is my away time but getting closer to cyclocross season I need to push myself and riding with others does that to you.

Riding with women is one thing, but I can tell you that hanging on to the wheels of some fast boys is very motivating. Especially when they are sweet boys that will wait for you when they drop you.

Thank you Reality Bikes for the rides last week, and I look forward to whatever wheel I can suck this week!

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Motivational Monday: The Olympics

Are you watching the Olympics? Did you watch the women’s road race? You should have, it was brilliant.

What is the sport you are obsessed with during the summer Olympics?

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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.

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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.

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