The good news is, I have a lot more appreciation for how winter can throw a wrench in a training plan. I also have a ton more respect for the folks that are out there riding in the cold. That’s a gutsy move! Not riding for almost a month because of the cold is a tough way to learn about the impacts of winter, but I’m glad I have really internalized it now.
As the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day approach this year, I am thankful to be a Veteran and particularly proud to be a Marine Veteran. I am also humbled by those who have sacrificed much more than I was ever asked to as a Marine, whether that was serving in combat, being on the front lines of the civil rights movement, surviving the Holocaust, or being a first responder in a time of crisis.
"There are a lot of great moments, memories and stories that have come from these races over the years. In honor of the upcoming 10th anniversary of our first race, here are 10 of my favorites."
"Our drive from Stowe, Vermont to Bar Harbor, Maine took us right past Mt. Washington in New Hampshire...This was my first time back to see Mt. Washington since Bryce and I climbed it on ElliptiGO bikes back in 2010. Twice each year, they allow bikes onto the famous Mount Washington Auto Road to see who can get to the top the quickest."
"Some people love the cheese, others love the maple syrup, and still others come for the ice cream, but the best thing I’ve experienced so far in Vermont is the bike ferry. That’s right...a ferry that only hauls bikes and their riders across the water that separates two bike paths."
"I haven’t seen better urban bike trail infrastructure anywhere else in the country, and that includes cycling meccas like Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and New York City. I haven’t been everywhere yet, but so far, Madison is at the top."
When we decided to add a three day stop in Bloomington, Indiana to our trip, I suggested to Caroline that we watch Breaking Away the first night we were in town. I hadn’t seen that movie for at least 30 years, but I knew it was set in Bloomington because of the Little 500.
"We have been exploring Michigan since Memorial Day and I have come to realize that I love Michigan. I never thought I would say that, but it’s true. Here’s why."
"If you want to see if there’s a group in your area, the Global ElliptiGO Riders Club has become the central destination for group riding clubs and events. You can find info about groups in your area on their website, and if you want to start a group, they can help put you in touch with other riders near you."
"When we were first working on ElliptiGO back in 2005 and 2006 I did some extensive research on other industries that I thought were similar to what we were contemplating... So I took a keen interest in this little icon that seemed to recognize the birthplace of snowboarding about a thousand miles from where I thought it was created."