Home: Dover NH
Occupation: Physical Therapist
What bike (s) are you riding: Road bike = Cannondale Synapse, MTB = Cannondale Rush 29er, I also have an old Cannondale T700 touring bike that I use for commuting and rail trails.
Favorite bike route: The carriage roads of Acadia National Park
Most prized bike accessory: I’m all about the accessories, it’s really hard to pick just one! But the one thing I never leave home without is a small pouch that holds my bike tool, tire changing stuff, emergency nutrition and cell phone.
Helpful hint for other women bicyclists: It makes me very sad because I talk to so many women that tell me, “I used to love riding a bike, but I can’t anymore because_________” . We spend so much energy taking care of our families and our jobs that we neglect to give ourselves time to enjoy a little bit of free time, and usually feel guilty when we do. We think nothing of shuttling our kids off to activities, we don’t mind when our husbands go golfing every Saturday, yet we feel guilty taking an hour out of our week to go on a bike ride. Give yourself that hour. Ride the bike. Feel the breeze on your face, smell the air, smile at the wild animals that scamper out of your way as you whiz by on a quiet country road. In the end, the happiness you feel from doing what you love to do will make you a better mom/wife/friend/coworker.
Why you bicycle: I have loved riding bicycles ever since I got my first 10-speed on Christmas morning at age 9. That bike opened up the world to me, it was my freedom to explore and allowed me to go places I would not have otherwise been able to get to, with two parents who worked full time. To this day, every time I get on a bike I feel happy. It doesn’t matter if I’m struggling through technical singletrack, commuting with 40 pounds of bike and gear in tow, trying like mad to keep up on a fast group ride or enjoying the quiet pace of a solo ride….I feel the same joy as that 9 year old girl who had her first taste of freedom felt, Every. Single. Time.