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.
One of the most frequent questions women ask me is about discomfort while cycling. It can range from chafing and saddle sores to soft tissue pressure.
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.
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”
What is Everesting? It’s climbing the same hill over and over again until you climb the equivalent elevation as Mt Everest. Yes, that’s right, a mere 29,029 feet (8,848 meters).
Earlier this month Machines For Freedom and Dioscvri, two women-led brands, launched the Mystic Felines Collection. The collection celebrates empowerment and features a hand-carved block design on garments and gear.
Events like Life Time Her Summit are important for growing the sport we love and welcoming newer athletes. For those of us who have been biking for years, we tend to forget what it was like to be a newbie.
As a child my parents always instilled in me to stand up for what I believe in and if I see something wrong, speak up. I’ve embraced their teachings throughout my life. Sometimes it wasn’t popular, but more often than not it brought about change. I’m by all means not in the ranks of GretaContinue reading “Stand Up and Advocate for Change”
Many times young girls, especially those in a minority, don’t see themselves in sports like mountain biking, rock climbing, skateboarding, or surfing. Hayley Diep felt that way growing up. She didn’t see girls like herself participating in extreme sports on TV, in magazines, or even out in her neighborhood. As she grew older, she foundContinue reading “Extreme Sports Are for Girls, Too!”