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The Asteroid Year

Posted by on 7 January at 4:49 am

Hello again…

I’ve been quiet for some time and I’m finally ready to talk about it.

It was a year that I got through, another year to recover, and a year to ramp back up. I’ve learned now not to underestimate an emotional toll…

Alright, here’s what happened.

2013 was shaping up to be a spectacular year.  I had it lined up to film and produce the first Cycle Moles Videos and was so excited to think that I might be able to help more people get on their bikes and use the Cycle Moles program to get stronger, faster and in better cycling shape than they’ve ever been in.

THEN, KA-BAM…THE ASTEROID HIT!

The stones kept raining down…

So much happened in a matter of 4 months that I’m just going to sum it up and not go into details:

  • My husband had a bad bike crash and suffered a severe concussion (thank goodness for his helmet & no broken bones)
  • My 97 year old mom (who lived with us), was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  She passed away, peacefully at home, 3 months later
  • My son totalled a car (but he was OK)
  • My daughter discovered a lump on her throat that turned out to be Thyroid Cancer and had surgery just before moving to Vietnam.

Wow.  My world slowed to taking just the next step each day. Somehow in the middle of all of that, I produced the Power to Pedal videos, but I didn’t share the love and care for the cycling that I intended to.

I now look back at 2014 and realize that I needed to just recover from the emotional toll of the previous year.  I did not have the energy to do extra things.  I started ramping up in 2015 and here we are WITH EXCITING NEWS…

I’ve written a fitness book about cycling and it will became available on January 14th.  It even hit BEST SELLER on Amazon in 5 Countries (US, Canada, UK, Denmark, Australia!)

Check it out here:  www.healthykneesbook.com

I am wishing YOU a happy and healthy 2016 filled with good energy and adventure!

Robin

Birthday Bike Ride Inspiration

Posted by on 26 November at 3:42 pm
Do you have a goal or two?
I just celebrated my – 53rd – birthday and I always take that day to consider where I have been and where I am going.  And, for the past decade, on my birthday I take a bike ride for as many miles as I am old.  Each year I have p-l-e-n-t-y of time to think!web-colorful-bikes-with-floAs I noted the miles click away, I would think “what was I doing at that age?”  Here are a few highlights from my recollections:

  • Mile 7, Age 7:  2nd Grade, Mrs. Thompson in a portable, I had THE BEST bunny costume for halloween.  My mom sewed it for me.
  • Mile 11, Age 11, 6th Grade, Mr. Crane.  Our class was the coolest because we got to sing the song “Drift Away” during a concert.  It involved some coordinated hand clapping and finger snapping.
  • Mile 21, Age 21.  I had just returned from traveling 3 months backpacking in Europe by Eurail.  Broke, working at a restaurant, a little aimless but finally ready to return to college.
  • Mile 25, Age 25.  I was in an internship in Santa Barbara completing my degree from WWU Huxley in Environmental Science working on water conservation and household hazardous waste issues.

…And so the miles and memories went until I completed my 53 miles.  It was a lovely ride down memory lane thinking about all the people and events that helped make me who I am today.

And then I always take time to look forward and ask myself this question –

“Is there anything I would regret NOT doing when I die?”   

 This question has helped to spur me out of lethargy and into action.  It is easy to be comfortable and just let time pass…but then the time and your minutes and years are gone.

My friend Jackie said  to me today…”Success is not convenient.” 

 That is so true.  You have to want something more than you are afraid of it.  You have to want the benefits enough to be willing to put aside the immediate discomfort to achieve the long-term goal.   Whether that is educational, weight-loss, family ties, your own health, or your business.  <Your own health should be at the top of that list.>

And so, for me, what is next?  I am working on my pre-requisites to apply to grad school for a masters in Exercise Science (Kinesiology).  Why am I doing this?  Well, I don’t think it’s going to get me a raise ;-), but I want the knowledge so that I may help others achieve more.  And … it’s on my bucket list!

MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU:  I encourage you to take the time to write down just 1 thing that you want to accomplish or do in the next 5 years – big or small, it doesn’t matter.  It should just be one of those things you want to do before you kick the bucket.

 

NEXT, identify the first step you need to take toward your goal…and tomorrow, take the first step!  If you want, leave a comment below and tell me what it is.  I’ll check in with you from time to time to see how it’s going to help you stay on track!

Happy Birthday to us all – may this be our best year ever!

~Robin

Be fit, Play Hard, and Enjoy Life!

53 Mile Birthday Bike Ride & Setting a Goal

Posted by on 24 October at 5:54 pm
Do you have a goal or two?
I just celebrated my – 53rd – birthday and I always take that day to consider where I have been and where I am going.  And, for the past decade, on my birthday I take a bike ride for as many miles as I am old.  Each year I have p-l-e-n-t-y of time to think!

web-2-colorful-bikes-with-f

Colorful bikes at mile 22

As I noted the miles click away, I would think “what was I doing at that age?”  Here are a few highlights from my recollections:

  • Mile 7, Age 7:  2nd Grade, Mrs. Thompson in a portable, I had THE BEST bunny costume for halloween.  My mom sewed it for me.
  • Mile 11, Age 11: 6th Grade, Mr. Crane.  Our class was the coolest because we got to sing the song “Drift Away” during a concert.  It involved some coordinated hand clapping and finger snapping.
  • Mile 21, Age 21:  I had just returned from traveling 3 months backpacking in Europe by Eurail.  Broke, working at a restaurant, a little aimless but finally ready to return to college.
  • Mile 25, Age 25:  I was in an internship in Santa Barbara completing my degree from WWU Huxley in Environmental Science working on water conservation and household hazardous waste issues.
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Half-way at Birch Bay

…And so the miles and memories went until I completed my 53 miles.  It was a lovely ride down memory lane thinking about all the people and events that helped make me who I am today.

And then I always take time to look forward and ask myself this question –

“Is there anything I would regret
NOT doing when I die?”   

 This question has helped to spur me out of lethargy and into action.  It is easy to be comfortable and just let time pass…but then the time and your minutes and years are gone.

A friend said  to me today…”Success is not easy.” 

That is so true.  You have to want something more than you are afraid of it.  You have to want the benefits enough to be willing to put aside the immediate discomfort to achieve the long-term goal.   Whether that is educational, weight-loss, family ties, your own health, or your business.  Your own health should be at the top of that list.

And so, for me, what is next?  I am working on my pre-requisites to apply to grad school for a masters in Exercise Science (Kinesiology).  Why am I doing this?  Well, I don’t think it’s going to get me a raise ;-), but I want the knowledge so that I may help others achieve more.  And … it’s on my bucket list!

MY CHALLENGE FOR YOU:  I encourage you to take the time to write down just 1 thing that you want to accomplish or do in the next 5 years – big or small, it doesn’t matter.  It should just be one of those things you want to do before you kick the bucket.

Make an action plan on how you are going to do it.  Or, at least, identify the first step you need to take toward your goal…and tomorrow, take the first step!  If you want, email me and tell me what it is.  I’ll check in with you from time to time to see how it’s going to help you stay on track!

Happy Birthday to us all – may this be our best year ever!

~Coach Robin

Owner & Manager
Bellingham Tennis Club & Fairhaven Fitness
www.bellinghamtennis.com