2015 Bicycling Fall Classic p/b Specialized

Bicycling Magazine is celebrating 50 years! Grab some friends and plan to attend the 2015 Bicycling Fall Classic p/b Specialized in Eastern Pennsylvania on October 4th! Several of the Specialized ambassadors will be there, so come say hi! Word has it that there’s a good chance the leaves will be turning and the cornfields still standing will be golden. It’s only 2hrs from NYC, 1hr from Philly and they offer 10, 25, 50, 90mi and tandem options. Register using this link and see you there! 

New Kit Day

When fitness meets fashion, I’m one happy lady. 

The bib shorts have a hook-up for easy access when nature calls, the middle back pocket has a hole for my headphones, the material features cold fabric technology, the design is absolutely stunning and there is a matching Evade helmet. Check, check and check! 

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Chattanooga Adventures

Sometimes you get up on a Saturday morning to take a day trip and meet your best friend in an unfamiliar city for coffee, breakfast and a walk down the Tennessee river. The morning air was crisp and cooler than the summer heat I’m used to in Atlanta, not by much, but enough to enjoy sitting outside for a good southern meal. After we went our separate ways, I pedaled around Chattanooga. I’ve only visited one other time, to watch the US Pro Nationals, so I took a few hours to explore and enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon.  

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Go Exploring

Somedays you leave the cycling kit at home and go exploring with your friends. 

Finally setting aside time to put on sneakers and commuter clothes, one of my best friends and I decided to pedal around the city. Because my mind isn’t so focused on training, I stumble upon places I’ve never been before during the most beautiful time of day. Although I love training and racing, I was reminded that it’s so wonderful to slow down, catch up with friends and enjoy my surroundings. 

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Body Geometry Fit | Part 2

Part Two: Body Geometry Fit (to read Part One, click here)

We got started with the interview and physical assessment where Micah, the Body Geometry Fit Specialist, checked and analyzed everything from the tips of my toes up through my feet, knees, pelvis, spine, core, shoulders and neck. We throughly went through the list of questions he had for me and discussed any current pain, problems and goals for riding. I discovered that I had different arches on each foot and how that translated into my cycling. Everything was so detailed and there was a reason and explanation for it all. The words “maybe” and “probably” weren’t used,  it was science and for once in my life, all of the issues I had with riding were being addressed. 

After the physical portion, it was time to get on the bike. With cameras around me, everything was documented and being sent straight to the computer for analyzation. Addressing my number one complaint, soft tissue pain, we spent a fair amount of time trying out various saddles. I’m ridiculously happy that Specialized introduced the Power Saddle this year because that’s what ended up working best for me. Once the reach, saddle, knee angle and drop were dialed in, we moved on to the footwear. Placing new footbeds in each shoe, I was able to easily pull up on the pedal rather than curling my toes to fill up the shoe (yeah, that was actually happening). Moving on, he adjusted the cleat placement in order to neutralize my toe position and keep them from pointing out. Once everything was in place and completely dialed in, Micah took measurements and photos of the adjustments. He went to grab a stem to put on the bike and realized he didn’t have a Specialized one in stock, so he took if off his own bike. So amazing and kind. 

At this point, we are a few hours in and the store is closed, yet there is no rushed feeling. He proceeds to take the bike into the shop area, give it a once over, make sure it’s shifting correctly and put on my pedals, Garmin mount and bottle cages. Wrapping up our conversation, I leave with advice about what to expect with a new fit, how to approach my next race, and a request that I come back for a follow up. He reminds me to make sure I let him know immediately if anything is uncomfortable when I ride this week and we pack up my beautiful new bike perfectly fit for me.

Special thanks to Micah and Jeremy at Georgia Cycle Sport

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Fitness | My Weekend

My weekend consisted of the excitement of the Puma x ICNY "Heartbreaker" release and a lot of working out. A few of my go to items is my knobby foam roller, Skratch to stay hydrated and my bike! I rode solo throughout the city this weekend and really took in the scenery to find a new appreciation for my surroundings. I hope everyone had a great weekend as well!