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Pushing the limits to live your dreams

Katie Visco may not be a household name, but her ultra-running accomplishments are mind-blowing. In 2009, Katie ran 3,132 miles solo across the United States from Boston to San Diego. At the age of 23, she became the second youngest and 13th woman to run that route. Ten years later, Katie ran 2,112 miles over 119 days across Australia. Her husband Henley Phillips was her support vehicle, but human-powered, on a bicycle. Henley had to haul their food, water, and gear through the Outback, which at times weighed up to 400 pounds.

Cyclist vs. Truck – Turning tragedy into triumph

Every road cyclist has a story of their close call with a vehicle. With distracted driving on the rise, I worry about the possibility of getting hit every time I swing my leg over the saddle. Wearing bright colors, using front and rear daytime running lights, as well as a rear radar, contribute to a safer ride. But sometimes, your luck runs out.

Use Pilates to develop your cycling powerhouse

As cyclists, we are always looking to improve our on-the-bike performance. Developing core strength through Pilates will translate to increases in wattage, stability, and endurance. Joseph Pilates developed a system of exercises that emphasizes alignment, breath, and the development of a strong core. In Pilates, the core is more than just your abs; it alsoContinue reading “Use Pilates to develop your cycling powerhouse”

Get ready to be inspired: Mary Kate Callahan, Ironman Champion and Elite Paratriathlete

Cycling can look different from one person to the next. There are commuters, mountain bikers, gravel grinders, roadies, racers, and triathletes. We also come in all shapes, sizes, and abilities. My intention when launching Sunflowers and Pedals was to advocate that cycling is for every BODY. For a person with a physical disability, cycling isContinue reading “Get ready to be inspired: Mary Kate Callahan, Ironman Champion and Elite Paratriathlete”

Menopause and perimenopause: Navigating your midlife health

Whenever I ask my women’s cycling group what topics they’d like me to cover, often menopause is high on the list. Menopause and nutrition, menopause and fitness, menopause and…well you fill in the blank. Perimenopause and menopause continue to be a black hole for many women and we are forced to navigate this phase inContinue reading “Menopause and perimenopause: Navigating your midlife health”

Taking Back the Power. Personal Safety When Cycling.

When surveyed, women stated they were apprehensive to take up cycling because they fear for their physical safety, like getting hit by a car, as well as personal safety. This includes being harassed to outright physical or sexual assault. You can’t be adventurous if you’re afraid and cycling is all about adventure. So how doesContinue reading “Taking Back the Power. Personal Safety When Cycling.”

Gravel Cycling: A conversation with pro cyclists Kae Takeshita

I’m a roadie at heart, but over the past few years, I’ve started to gravitate to gravel riding. It’s a totally different vibe than road riding: more relaxed, with a wide range of personalities and an even wider range of bikes. When riding gravel roads there’s a sense of adventure. You never know what you’llContinue reading “Gravel Cycling: A conversation with pro cyclists Kae Takeshita”

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