Where do you live, what do you do for a living, and how old are you?
I will be turning 60 this fall. I’ve been a HS/MS science teacher for my entire adult life. I’ve been living in Guilderland for the past 25 years, but I’m looking forward to moving to Malta this summer.
What kind of bike(s) do you ride? What are the features you like about them?
I have a Parlee TTir disc, a Specialized Roubaix road bike, and Specialized mountain bike. The Parlee is a sleek, light, speedy tri bike. It’s my bike for races. It has di2 electronic shifting that is really sweet. The Roubaix is my go-to bike for training and fun rides. It’s a road bike with a bit of suspension, which makes it very comfortable to ride, especially on rough roads. The mountain bike is just plain old fun for my less serious riding on trails.
How long have you been riding, and how did you get into cycling?
I’ve been riding a bike since I was a child. I started out playing bicycle tag in the school yard and riding around in the town where I grew up to get from place to place. As I got a bit older, I started riding a road bike for fitness and would take off on it for hours when I was a young teen. As long as I returned home at the designated time, my parents were OK with it and had no idea how far I had wandered. I continued to ride for pleasure and fitness for many years until I began competing in triathlons.
How do you typically put the miles on your bike(s)? Do you keep track of your miles?
I ride year-round. In the winter I ride on a trainer or on a spin bike at the gym. As soon as weather permits, I head out on the roads. I’m always keeping track of my miles, my cadence, and my heart rate while I’m riding. I find it rewarding and motivating.
Do you have some favorite routes?
I have lots of favorite routes, but one of my favorites is right out my door. I live at the bottom of Grant Hill Road in Guilderland, so I start out with a nice little climb. I head towards the Heldebergs and then make a loop back to the house. I never get tired of it. The view of the Heldebergs is spectacular, there aren’t many cars, and I always see wildlife along the way. I ride past an apple orchard, and in the fall, I look forward to the smell of the apples.
What are your proudest moments as a cyclist?
I’d have to say that my proudest moment as a cyclist was finishing my first Ironman triathlon. The biking part is very long (112 miles) and I had to really commit to the training. In the end it felt rewarding and empowering.
What tips would you offer to less experienced riders?
I’d encourage new cyclists to find a group or club to ride with. There’s a lot of camaraderie among cyclists. You can learn a lot from other riders, and it’s always fun.
What’s your favorite cycling product/accessory?
I love my Garmin cycling computer and all of the sensors and gadgets that can go with it.
How do you fuel and hydrate when you’re in the saddle?
I drink plain water when I ride, using a Speed Fill system, another one of my favorite accessories. I eat chews, bars, bananas, and sometimes PBJ sandwiches. When it’s hot and I’m worried about electrolytes, I like Salt Stick Fastchews.
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