As a cycling team, it goes without saying that the women Team EPS/M3 p/b Brielle Cyclery Riptide-Cawes would much rather be riding their trusty, 2-wheeled Trek steads outside on the road, or on the trails. But, this is the northeast, and it is December, and it snowed yesterday… so our monthly team training ride was moved inside.
11 of our 23 cyclists showed up on the morning of 17 December for a teambuilding riding session of time trialing heats on our trainers in the Johnson’s pain-cave basement. We started off with a weigh-in and then each rider completed a 3-mile, individual time trial so that team co-owner, Teresa, could accurately assess our current fitness and match the riders based on abilities for the following heats—Riptide-Cawes women are serious about improving for the 2018 season! Once we were divided into 4-women teams, each group completed a hilly and very painful (in a good way-ha!) 10-mile team time trial. The purpose of this time trial was to work together in order to complete the mileage in the best possible time while sharing the workload. During the time trail, we had the opportunity to practice effective communication and learned more about each other’s riding capabilities. Our team’s other co-owner, Jeff, offered coaching advice and motivation to every heat of riders. And, one of our incredibly strong Category 1 riders, Cheryl, rode in almost every heat to ensure all were getting a good workout. While the time trial heats were being ridden, the remaining 7 riders were spinning out their legs on other trainers so that we all logged at least three hours of solid riding time! We finished the day with a well-deserved feast of salad and pizza from a local restaurant.
Not only was the indoor ride a terrific workout, it offered a chance for us to continue to get to know each other; this team is packed with women who are making positive impacts in our community on and off the bike. Alli just completed and easily passed all of her finals for her first semester of Physical Assistant School and still finds time to ride her bike. Serena, our kick-ass mountain biker, balances raising four young kiddos, working as a Physical Education teacher and riding her bike. Katrine is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, was just selected for the Secretary of Defense Fellowship and is Mom to three rescue doggies. Amanda is an experienced, labor and delivery Registered Nurse who is also raising two boys while still maintaining mad-skills status as a time-trailer. And, Teresa, who has been an active racer and advocate for women’s cycling for many years, is so dedicated to this team that she spent her 6th wedding anniversary in her basement with her riders; and Jeff, her husband, was there with us too! This is just a sampling of the women on this incredible team.
Be sure to stay tuned to learn more about our cyclists and the amazing things we are doing on our bikes!
As always we would like to THANK all our sponsors who support us throughout the off and on season. We couldn't do what we love without them!