Sara Stearns is a reader of Bike Shop Girl and is an inspirational woman through and through. While at the Sea Otter Classic I was able to meet Sara face to face. She’s a pilot for an air ambulance that services the Sea Otter Classic every year. One of the days she was working she landed her helicopter and walked in to the Ladies Lounge in her pilot uniform! When I asked her to be one of my motivational Monday features she bulked, why would anyone find her motivational? She is your normal middle age (don’t take that personal Sara) woman, she has a job, she enjoys riding with her friends and rocks an awesome bike stable. Sara shows you what it is to live life everyday. Follow her on Facebook and you’ll see!
What’s your name and location?
Sara Stearns, Seaside, California.
What type of cycling do you enjoy?
I’m a rabid roadie, but as of late, a interest in off road has taken seed. I am not a competitive rider, although I might try a criterium one day to see what it’s like. Believe me, if I do, I’ll stay towards the back and stay out of everyone’s way!
What is your first cycling memory?
Ha! My dad taking the training wheels off of my first bicycle and sending me down the sidewalk for my first solo flight! I could only go straight. I was afraid to make turns – but, it was such fun, and I could do it!
Who in the current cycling industry inspires you, and better yet WHY?
Georgena Terry for her advocacy, her courage, and determination. She builds bikes, apparel, and she offers advice and inspiration. I also admire Evie Stevens for her come out of no where talent, and she’s such a sweetheart! She’s also a voice for safety and reason, and that’s so cool. I admire Fabian Cancellara, because he’s a huge talent, a nice person, and well – he’s pretty easy on the eyes, too. LOL! I also like Jim Felt, because his company built my first road bike and my tri bike. He also sponsors Sarah Hammer, and well – wow!! Above all, I am indebted to the local women riders whom I have come to know as I learn my way into and around the sport. Each and every one of them has offered advice, encouragement and has been a huge part of my enjoyment and bliss on my bicycle. I owe them HUGE…
What was your best moment on a bike in 2010?
My first triathlon! It was me against the clock, and all of the training I had done, plus the courage I mustered to do it, all came to fruition on that 12 mile course. It was a blast!
In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward in 2011?
More triathlons, century rides, solo rides, more fitness, more enjoyment, more socializing, more empowerment. I love to see other women getting involved in the sport, and it is a delight when they take a loving to it. I also so enjoy watching gifted athletes, female and male, as they struggle and then excel in this beautiful endeavor. More inspiration, that!
A 2009 Look 566, a 2004 Felt B2, and a 1996 Cannondale M500 (about to see the dirt for the first time!)
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!