10 yo R completed the Zoot Westchester Kids Triathlon 2016 in Rye, NY this fall – I took some time to write the race report because, well, you’ll see. There was much to report! Enjoy. For as long as I can remember, R has been running away from me. Slap slap slap, the sound of her sneakers and laughter floating on the breeze. The imprint on my body from the most recent vigorous hug a reminder that as much as R was here a minute ago, now she’s off. Seeing what’s around the bend. R sometimes gets held up at the start of new things. She was afraid to go into the swimming pool at first. She took several early spills off her bike followed by swearing she was quitting forever. But once she gets going, she keeps going. Never mind that she’s five years younger than her big sister G; R would set her sights on catching up to her at full speed. “I want to do a kids’ triathlon!” she declared after watching me finish the Westchester Olympic Distance Triathlon last year. It would mean a lot of swim and bike practice, but she was up for it. I was thrilled to share my love of the...Learn More
I am going to keep this short. There is much I could say about This Road I Ride: Sometimes It Takes Losing Everything to Find Yourself, Juliana Buhring’s breathtaking and gripping account of becoming the first woman to bicycle around world and set the Guinness World Record for fastest circumnavigation (She did it alone! She fought off wild dogs! She didn’t really know how to bike!) BUTLearn More
Well, that was unexpected! I thought the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon would be straightforward: I’d swim a half mile in the Hudson River (yes, that sounds a bit crazy -triathletes are totally mental!) and then Kent would ride like the wind while I rested and cheered for Team #SomeNerve, and then I’d walk our daughter G through her first 5K as anchor to our Anker Family Relay. After doing the Westchester Olympic Triathlon at double the distance on my own last year I thought this wouldn’t be too bad. No drama, I told myself as I waited in my gold cap with the last wave of swimmers to enter. Get ‘er done. Ha! I should have known triathlons are anything but straightforward! After a promising start – the skies were clear, the water looked flat, my anxiety (ever since I almost drowned on a river as a teen I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with rivers) was under control with my Team in Training Swim Angel alongside, I was going my slow and steady pace hoping to not fall too far behind – something unprecedented happened. I started catching up to swimmers from earlier waves. There’s a purple cap – I won’t be last! Wow, there’s a silver cap, I’m rocking this! Hm, that next...Learn More
Ah, the first bike ride! A joyful rite of passage, right? For parents, it just doesn’t get better than running alongside, steadying the small bike, giving a push and…Look at our kid go! Or…not.
If your child is anxious (heck, if you are anxious), learning how to ride a bike can be stressful. I share my 9 tips for getting reluctant riders to ride at Liv-cycling.com today in
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This is a sponsored post; all opinions are my own. Recently I attended a Women’s Basic Bike Maintenance class at Redbeard Bikes in Brooklyn, part of a series of events co-hosted by Liv, the only female-specific bike & apparel brand. Why do women need our own bike maintenance classes? Because we’re more comfortable talking bikes with each other! I honestly feel intimidated in many bike shops, and I know I’m not the only one (how many of you have gotten the patronizing sigh, the barely hidden eye roll at a question?) but Kasia Nikhamina, co-owner of Redbeard with her husband Ilya, and Liv Brand Ambassador Karla R.T. Miele put about a dozen women right at ease with wine and chips and friendly chatter. The group was as diverse as could be, in age, ethnicity, and geography – people traveled from Harlem, Queens, and Westchester to DUMBO to attend – but the common bond of liking to ride and wanting to learn more about bikes brought us together. When Ilya asked “How many of you maintain your bikes yourself?” a few tentative hands went up, and then one brave soul asked “What does that even mean? I mean, what is the maintenance my bike needs?” Many heads began bobbing up and down. Any...Learn More