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.
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.
Every time I throw my leg over the bike, I can’t wait to set out on another adventure. Cycling gives us the freedom to explore and create our own experiences. Trying to communicate to the younger generation the thrill of cycling or any activity that doesn’t involve a screen is challenging. That’s why I wasContinue reading “Encouraging the younger generation to explore”
When launching Sunflowers and Pedals, my vision was to share my knowledge and love for cycling with those new to the sport and long-time cyclist of all ages, sizes, and abilities. When I ‘met’ Joan Denizot, founder and CEO of ZIZE Bikes, on a Zoom call a few weeks back, she was someone I wantedContinue reading “ZIZE Bikes: Building bikes and fun for heavier rider”
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”
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”
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”
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.”
I wanted to kick off World Autism Month by bringing to light the benefits cycling has for someone on the spectrum. Back in 2017, I wrote a blog about my friend’s 15-year-old autistic son learning to ride a bike for the first time. It was really an emotional time for the whole family and educatedContinue reading “Cycling Releases Sensory Stress for Autistic Riders”
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”