2017: The Year We Ride

“The Year We Ride On”

We all know the feeling.

Shortness of breath, legs on fire, desperately searching for the end of the climb you find yourself on you wonder how the line between pain and pleasure can get so blurred..

You ask yourself why anyone would subject themselves to the pain you endure as you finally reach the top to find… relief, satisfaction, and the will to press on. That’s what can be so satisfying about a bike ride. Each experience has its own story arc and keeps you coming back for more.

What makes a great ride?

For us, sometimes it’s about the company you keep along the way, and other times it’s simply the satisfaction of cresting those hills you thought you couldn’t climb. There’s also something to be said for finding yourself out on a county road with complete silence save the sound of your gears clicking and the whirring of your wheels through the wind.

Life can be pretty simple behind (handle)bars. Just pedal. We all have our reasons for why we ride. It’s a good way to set aside the mundane, and have a bit of adventure in your day. The county line sprint can be a good way to let out some steam, too. 

Here at Ride On Bikes, we’re looking to recapture the thrills of a great ride. The slower months of winter can be a great time to catch up- and we’ve been busy. We’ve got a lot of things in the works for more group rides, and we’re not talking just the Riverwalk.. We have a vision for where our cycling community can go, and we’re calling all cyclists to join.

2017 is the year we Ride On… Will you?

Fill your cup up...

This photo showed up in my Facebook feed this morning and it has been taunting my subconscious all day.  Given the time of the year, I think it is appropriate to address the importance of taking time for yourself.

So often we get lost in the hustle and bustle of life and combined with the stress of wanting or needing to get training sessions in can cause the same signs of over training.  We may lose sleep (even though we are exhausted), elevated or suppressed morning HR, longer HR recovery periods, persistent illness or injury, and/or lack of confidence and overall lack of quantitative progress.  Basically we turn into a burning ball of fury that is ready to explode on our loved ones or coworkers.

Although many of us see the off season as a chance to work on our weaknesses, build strength or speed, or simply reassess our goals, I can’t stress the importance of taking time for yourself – outside of training. Don’t be afraid to take more active recovery days, restructure your microcycle, grab an extra massage, or simply go for a walk.

Personally, I have a workaholic, obsessive personality and it is very hard for me to break away from my routine.  I remember going through a particularly challenging time in my life a few years ago when a friend said, “just come over and relax”.  My immediate answer was, “and do what?”.  Wave the red flag.  Just like you, I’m a work in progress.  I’m becoming better at taking ‘me-time’, whether that is a walk with the dog in the dark, a coffee in the corner of coffee shop (please do still come and say hi if you see me hunkered down.  I would love to chat.), or taking part in the latest coloring craze.

So when you find yourself overwhelmed with the holiday cluster, Christmas Eve shopping, in-laws, and cramming training sessions in, take a step back.  Take care of #1 and the rest will fall into place.

Happy holidays!

Iron Sharpens Iron

Iron sharpens iron.  In order to succeed in our lives, whether it be in work or in play, the importance of having a mentor(s) or a person who we look up to, can’t be stressed enough. For the most part I like to think that it is human nature to strive to be better and athletic ventures are no different.  There are a few exceptions to every rule out there, but most of the crowds that I dabble in set goals for themselves, whether it be in their jobs or in play, and strive for growth.

I have plenty of mentors for different aspects in my life and I have found myself reflecting on their importance more often lately.  Some know that I view them as a mentor, some do not.  Regardless, I reach out to them when I need advice, want to bounce ideas around, need a fist bump (or sometimes a hug, shocking I know), or simply need to be inspired.  Some, I follow on social media, some in type and text, some in social circles, and some in their careers, but I assure you they all serve a purpose.  I should be clear, these are not people I’m jealous of or covet, rather they are people who I admire and know I can learn from.

I challenge you to find a person(s) who can push you outside of your box to be a better person or athlete.  Find one for all aspects of your life.  Write their names down and visit the list often.  I promise you won’t regret it.

-Ride On-

Joanne Cogle

 

The great Riverwalk debate

Now that spring has officially arrived (can we say that without the weather changing?) there are bound to be more users of our Riverwalk.  More users equals more pedestrian traffic and higher chances of incidents.  Let's do our part to keep the Riverwalk safe for all by starting with these three simple steps: 1. Ride on the right side of the Riverwalk.  As a cyclist you are considered a moving vehicle.  That's what we fight for on the road isn't it?  The same rights as a car? By staying on the right side, the flow of traffic is kept to a manageable level and prevents confusion for oncoming traffic.  Normalcy will keep us a little safer.

2. Announce yourself when passing or just in general with a friendly "on your left". We can't tell you how scary it is for a beginner cyclist to have a rider buzz by them out of the blue.  That being said, make sure you leave your headphones at home (or at the very least keep them out while on the Riverwalk) so you can hear those announcements.

3. Ride a little slower.  Take the time that you ride on the Riverwalk to warm up or cool down.  We know your time is valuable but so is the safety of our community.  Slow down, enjoy the moment.

Ride On!

 

Urban Mountain Bike Race and Time Change Party

Our time change party will be here before you know it! We will kick it off this year with the first ever Urban Mountain Bike Race. This 1/2 mile 6 lap course will not disappoint with obstacles, music, and even a trip through The Mix Ultra Lounge. Open to ALL levels of racers. See you March 7 at 430pm!

 

Light It Up Blue

Join us for the second annual Light It Up Blue night ride on November 8 at 630pm. All proceeds go to our local Autism Hope Center. Over $10k in raffle prizes are up for grabs and tickets are $50. Since Jason doesn't have hair to shave this year he has agreed to compete in Ironman Louisville if $30k is raised. Let's whip him into shape! See you soon!

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