Throughout the coming months we'll showcase a woman and her bike. Each time a different woman, different bike(s) and very different answers. Can you hardly wait?
If you could only describe yourself in 5 words what would they be?
Heart, kind, silly, generous, a loyal friend.
What kind of bike (s) do you have?
What do you have a bike for?
Tell me about yourself. Age, kid's ages, where did you grow up and what was your favorite song in junior high?
All sassy girls 6,9,12
North County San Diego along the beach - Del Mar/Solana Beach area.
OMGosh toss up anything U2 and The Police - Every Breath You Take.
What has it meant to you to have a bike of your own? What do you get out of it? What if I took your bike away?
I don’t ever remember not having a bike : )
I started riding seriously when a boyfriend introduced me to it when I was 20. I fell in love with the excitement, the incredible fitness, being able to go any where I wanted and I must say the simple pleasure of the wind in my hair.
Cycling was a huge escape for me. All my troubles seem to fade away.
I did triathlons in my early 20’s but fell in love with the bike. Rode mega miles with anyone I could find to ride with me. When I was about 24 I was recruited to race for a terrific team. They taught me everything I needed to know about cycling and racing. I was hooked.
I get a sense of calm out of riding that I can’t get anywhere else.
I raced for 7 years (6 in CA and 1 in CO). I actually quit racing mainly because I had always had an eating disorder and really masked it with training mega mileage and minimal eating. It was time to get healthy. Then I met my hubbie and we started a family soon after. I rode everywhere with my girls and adored it.
Editor's note: Susan is very open about her eating disorder. "I wake up every day and have to make a choice on eating healthy or depriving/over exercising. Every damn day. I am constantly reminded that here in Boulder food issues and body image stuff with women are present big time."
I had always dreamed of doing masters nationals and hoped someday to fulfill that dream.
In 2000 I worked for Timberland and a sign fell and hit me in the head on the job. Skull fracture. Grateful I had complete recovery within a year. Phew! Then I had our first kiddo and we had a significant car accident in 2003 when Izzy was a year. Then the next year the exact month of September another accident. Both not our fault and doctors believed I suffered a head injury in both. Hardest thing I have ever been through. Doctors told me I should never get on a bike again because the risk was just too high. I was devastated. I actually went through therapy and my incredible therapist convinced me I had to continue to ride. “Let your faith be bigger than your fear” was my motto thanks to Ali. I will never race again and I must say I struggle with it. I would love to race but know the risks are just too high.
Just recently I began riding again and joined the Outdoor Divas Cycling Team. Crazy but the comfort I have is pretty surreal since it’s been close to 17 years since I rode with a crew inches apart. Delighted to be goal setting and making plans to ride/connect with an amazing crew of women. Riding = connecting for me. I have had many incredible conversations with friends on the bike. Also, nature. In San Diego, my favorite times were my solo rides up the coast.
I know I have to face my fears, live my life to the fullest and a big part of who I am is a cyclist.
The thought of never riding again would truly break my heart.
Most of us (all of us) have had some adversity in our lives. Is there anything about cycling that helps you ride, I mean rise above it?
Cycling makes me feel strong, connected, in charge, confident and able to conquer anything.
What would you tell a mid 40's woman who's thinking about getting into biking?
DO IT but take clinics on how to handle your bike, ride in a pack, find more experienced cyclists to ride with, general bike repair in case you are stranded. Join a club!
Tell me one thing that's hard for you about biking? Getting dropped.
Anything that scares the crap out of you?
Riding in a pack at mega speed inches away from their tires and the crazy thing is that the biggest thrill for me is riding in a pack at mega speed : )
Tell me. Do you think it's possible for a bike to save someone's life? Sanity?
Yes indeedy!! Many days of challenges, parenting, partnering, working, etc. If I can get a ride in, it makes it all doable. Although some days I just want to ride off for hours and hours. wink wink.
Does your bike have a name? If yes, what and why?
Moxie - my company name.
If you could go back in time what would you tell your 17 year old self?
You are strong, your body is amazing in all that it can do, your strong legs and butt (I always struggled with my larger legs and butt) take you places and you should appreciate them. You can do anything!
Your 30 year old self?
The same. I seemed to have the same struggles.
Lastly, what's your favorite thing about yourself when you're biking?
I am like gumby on a bike (very comfy) and super social (some giggle I chat all the way until it gets hard - I am the gage on difficulty level). Many of my pals used to always say "Bring Susan for the entertainment."
My favorite quote when training/racing was when it got hard I remember an old racer dude saying “it builds character” my reply was “I have enough character thank you LOL”.
Thank you to Susan for sharing with us!
Her company is http://www.moxiemoms.com and she works for https://www.hakuapp.com/