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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Yes. You. Can.

On request of a role model, turned coach, turned friend, I am writing this. Perhaps it will inspire those who are sitting on the fence about trying something new or motivate those who are already active. Somewhere a cycling hobby turned into triathlons. I’ve always been able to finish on my own accord, although it hasn’t always been pretty. I don’t just get up and race. I used to, but not anymore.

I am pretty stubborn, don’t like to be told what to do, and I march to the beat of my own drum. There have been two people who really stand out in my triathlon career. They have been able to tell me what to do, and how to do it, and I’ll listen the first time with few questions asked.

One of these people challenged me to start training with a purpose. So 4 months ago I accepted. I focused. The goal, to round out my Ironman total to 12. Ironman Louisville August 24, Ironman Chattanooga September 28, and Ironman Florida November 1. 3 Ironmans. 3 months.

This challenge has called for some incredible life-balancing.

I am a wife, an Army wife at that I am a mother I have a real life, full time job I am a coach, trainer, and mentor I am race director I am a friend I am self confident and believe in my potential I am an Ironman I am focused

My new found focus has taken me on highs and lows. I have focused on quality over quantity. I have swam miles to nowhere in the pool, made friends with Cardiac hill on and off the bike, and run and rode under the cover of darkness.

The result? Speed has started to compliment endurance. Faster swim times, increased speed and power on the bike, and run times at paces I've never seen before. All put together has translated into an entirely different race and training mentality. I look forward to pushing myself, to sweating, and feeling the endorphin rush. Yes, there have been times when I've had self doubt, but that has quickly erased with firm words of affirmation of my potential.

I've had to make sacrifices. My house isn’t impeccable, but I know where everything is. I don’t cook every night, but we are pretty nutritionally sound. We vacation, sometimes to races but we spend time as a family. This is my passion, what makes me happy, relieves (and sometimes causes) stress. I am a firm believer everyone can be a triathlete, runner, cyclist, swimmer, or whatever they want to be. No matter how big or how small. It’s all about quality vs. quantity. Take a leap, you never know how it might change your life.

Sitero Review

Some time ago I lost track of my race numbers.   I fail miserably at tracking my training and I'll ride just about any bike, in just about any type of clothing.  My friends and athletes have seen me out in my flip flops on a tri bike or wearing a sweat shirt on one of our group rides.  I roll with the punches most of the time.  We kind of have to, don't we?  That being said, there has been one constant in my racing and cycling career.  For 15+ years I have never sat squarely on my saddle and I can say with confidence that is not comfortable.  But as athletes we learn to embrace pain and suffering. That all changed when I discovered a new seat called Sitero by Specialized…

The pelvis is made up of several bones that, in conjunction with the lower back, work together to support the body’s weight, anchor abdominal and hip muscles, and protect delicate vital reproductive organs.  If the bones of the pelvis are not supported properly, the soft tissue of …well…”down there” takes the brunt of your torsos weight.  This ultimately results in numbness, tingling, inflammation, and possibly serious health concerns.

Historically, popular road performance bike saddles have been designed to be as skinny as possible, forcing the body to be supported on soft tissue.  However, there have been significant advances in saddle construction that allow for a more anatomically healthy position.  Specialized has recently released one of the highest blood flow rated seats on the market.  The Sitero (pronounced Sit Aero) tests at 98% percent blood flow (I’ll leave the testing methods to your imagination). The Pro model weighs in at 211 grams and is approximately 145mm at its widest point.  This is Specialized’ first split nose saddle designed for triathletes and is their answer to the ISM Adamo, etc.  It is reasonably priced at $175 for the Expert and $225 for the Pro.

The Sitero is not designed to be sat on at the tip or the nose, but rather in the perforated ‘sit zone’.  This is the area that is designed specifically to relieve pressure.  What is the difference between the Sitero and its competitors?  The Sitero focuses on the athlete sitting on the Pubic Rami (pelvis) rather than on the ischial tuberosities (sit bones).  Therefore, when in an aero position more blood flow is achievable.

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The Cons are limited.  There is a small limitation with the fore and aft of the saddle since the rails are not long as some of the other aero saddles out there.  Therefore, although uncommon, it might not fit all athletes.  The saddle can be a little hard if you are used to a very cushioned seat.  However, it does soften up over a few rides.

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The long story short is the Sitero has changed the way that I feel about riding.  I felt like I got too much flex from completely separated nose pieces such as the Adamo or Koobi and not enough support from other split seats.  The Sitero allows me to sit comfortably on my bike and gives me more than adequate blood flow.   I liked to ride my bike before but never looked forward to the after effects.  But now, I love to ride my bike and can’t wait for the next ride!

Where can you get your self on one of these seats?  Well right here at "probably the best bike shop in the world".

 

 

National Bike Month

April showers bring...the best month of the year! May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Columbus' Bike Week

Tuesday May 6 - Ride on Bikes Tuesday night group ride

6:30pm in front of the shop on Broadway. We had 270 riders last year!

Let's break 300!

Wednesday May 7 - 10th Annual National Ride of Silence. Meet at 6:30pm. Ride begins at 7:00pm from the Lakebottom park band shelter. There will be a post ride social with free burgers and hotdogs.

Friday May 9 - 6th annual Bike to Work Day. Energizing stations for morning commuters available from 6:30am-9:00am at Fall line trace - Machester expressway park and ride Fall line trace - Talbotton rest area. Lake bottom park in front of the tennis courts RiverWalk across from oxbow meadows.

Stations will have great snacks and giveaways for morning commuters

May 9 6:00pm - 4th Annual Ride with the Mayor. This ride starts from Woodruff Riverfront Park at 1000 Bay Avenue. The ride is 5 miles, police escorted-bicycle rentals available at Ride On Bikes. After the ride, join Mayor Tomlinson as she closes bicycle week and kicks off RiverFest.

More information available at www.activevalley.org