Home: Portsmouth, NH
Occupation: Principal, Caron & Bletzer, PLLC
What bike (s) are you riding: Road: LaPierre Xelius 400 Gravel: Raleigh RX 2.0
Favorite bike route:
-Road: Inland loop from Portsmouth to Ogonquit, check out Tatnic Road
-Gravel: toss up - Muddy Onion Loop Montpelier, VT and Raid Rockingham Loop
-Hills: Bear Notch
Most prized bike accessory: Fender – I have a foldable one, never leave home without it for a long ride.
Helpful hint for other women bicyclists: Pick one ride a week to challenge yourself, new terrain, faster speed, more elevation something just a little outside of your comfort zone, you’ll be amazed how quickly it will make a difference.
Why you bicycle: I started riding as something my husband and I could do together, since he was already an avid cyclist. Now I ride because there’s never been a time I’ve gotten off my bike and said, “I wish I hadn’t done that”, you can tailor the ride to whatever you need in the moment.
Most Recent Adventure: Early this year, when the snow was still on the ground, I was asked to join a friend on a little ride from the Vermont’s border with Canada to the Massachusetts border, call the 200 on 100. I had only heard of this ride after Ted King did it with a few friends and didn’t realize that it was an annual organized event. I initially said no, thinking of all the reasons I couldn’t do it, time, ability, fear, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought those were all the reasons to do it and with the support of Steph Frigon (it was all her idea, and she is way more of an endurance athlete than I am) and our husbands I said yes. There were many long hours on the trainer and on the bike, but the support from my cycling circle was incredible, with some joining on short portions of my longer rides and others being on board to participate in longer rides (if only the weather had cooperated), and Gus Bike Shop being there right from the get go helping with some of the logistics. This adventure taught me a lot about myself and made me appreciate those around me just a little more. The ride was EPIC for sure, including a good stretch at the beginning of rain and a climb called Terrible Mountain, but it all concluded with fireworks on the home stretch. You can read more about it here: http://100-200.org/2017Ride.html. All the training paid off and I was really able to enjoy the ride, including the beautiful views in Vermont and the satisfaction of completing some challenging climbs. Don’t let that voice of fear get in your way, go ahead and say YES to your next challenge.