motivation

Motivational Monday Amar
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Motivational Monday with Amar

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Amar, Los Angeles, CA

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Commuting, Touring, Recreational

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was a senior in college, so my first memory is of being entirely certain that I was going to lose my balance and swerve into the path of an oncoming Metro Bus. Hasn’t happened yet, although I did lose my balance many times and became quite familiar with the pavement in the parking lot of the Federal Building on Wilshire Blvd.

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

My husband. He loves riding for the sheer joy of it and I always want to join in on that happiness. It was a lot more fraught for me for a very long time, until I started commuting regularly and didn’t have to focus so hard on the mechanics of riding. Now I can capture some of that freedom and joy when I ride too. Also, I hate idling in traffic and worrying about parking. To me, it’s easier to just bike everywhere and with our traffic it takes about the same amount of time as driving.

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

For our wedding anniversary my husband and I biked from Seattle to Portland with a friend of ours. It was so beautiful and fun. I think about that trip whenever I need to relax!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

Surly Long Haul Trucker in a pretty blue color. Setup is pretty upright since I have a bad back and am finicky about positioning. I catch wind like a kite but I’m not exactly built for speed anyways ;)

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!

Louise Cheetham
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Motivational Monday with Louise Cheetham

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Louise Cheetham, Baton Rouge, LA

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Road, Mountain

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

I used to sit on the back of my mom’s cruiser, on the gear rack. We went to the neighborhood store like that until I got my foot caught in the back wheel. Foot in the back wheel is what I remember.

After that my parents bought me a kids size Raleigh racing bike. It was red to white fade. Man, I miss the 80s.

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

My mom, Janet and my coach, Stacey. These two women ride their bikes through it all. My mom is recovering from cancer and got back on her bike as soon as she could. Stacey is a very busy businesswoman and mom and still rides her bike every day.

I want to love it and be as dedicated as they are!

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

This year? Has to be leading out my teammate, Allie Hurst, for the win at the Vuelta d’Acadiana. Just a local race on our calendar. But I got my 1 min max power and took her to the line to outsprint some out of towners. Take that Texas!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

I have a hand me down mountain bike that I bomb around on and raced for the first time this year :)
My road bike is my dream bike, a Cannondale Supersix Hi-Mod with dura-ace. Best bike I have ever ridden.
That’s the complete stable. I have to err on the side of too few as my wonderful cyclist man has 4 and its getting cramped in here!

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!

Olympics
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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?

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.

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