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This Girl Can!!!

Stop what you’re doing!  Click on this photo. Read, watch and go get your bike.

"Grace vs. Pace"

“Grace vs. Pace”

“The back is the new front!” according to RLAG girlfriend, Linda G.

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“Block & Flow”: Transparent Blogger Mom Brings Balance to New Year Aspirations

Mom, blogger and a dear friend. Follow Resh at www.writtenbyresh.com

Mom, blogger and my dear friend, Reshma, writes from the heart at http://www.writtenbyresh.com

New Years in all its glory has its challenges; the tension between high expectations and the realities of limited resources, being overly preoccupied with what our peers are doing (or thinking), and the natural fatigue that comes with schedules full of family, jobs and, well, life! For a balanced look at the glorious road ahead, read this personal blog from a transparent mom who is aiming to take a tempered view of it all and encourage us to approach our 2015 journey with grace, a keen eye on our values and indulging in an occasional luxurious nap.

While this post is not our typical cycling fare,  I think you will appreciate its relevance to us bikey folk who are busily and bravely setting big goals, and striving (or struggling) to make progress towards them. Scroll down to read today’s “Block and Flow”.

Thank you, Reshma McClintock. “Block and Flow” was a good read for my morning!

For more, checkout Reshma’s blog, writtenbyresh.

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Feast…Famine.

All…Nothing.

My previous post was about my excitement of beginning another year and all of the blank space splayed out before me. The truth is that since writing those words I’ve really struggled in the first days of 2015; to find motivation, to complete my to-do lists, to follow through and to really live well. I’m all block or all flow. What does that mean?

Block: stopped dead in my tracks; vision-less, scatterbrained, unorganized and lazy.

Flow: bursting at the seams with energy, drive and focus; fulfilling my commitments and working passionately.

Some people live by the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, mantra. I can tend to live by the “I’ll sleep when I’m supposed to be working” mantra.

No, I don’t sleep all day. I have a 3 1/2 year old (pretty sure I sleep less now than I did when she was an infant). But do I think

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Jerseys and Arm Warmers at 2014 Prices!

A new batch of our signature cycling jerseys and arm warmers are on the way. And as a pre-season promotion, you can purchase them at last year’s prices! In March the price will go up – so take this opportunity to order while prices are at their lowest. Do you need a reason to buy? Okay, here are a few girlfriends who were happy to promote a buy decision and tell you why they made theirs. Skip to “How to OrderContinue reading


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Meet My New Girlfriend: Max

Today was one of those mornings. The alarm didn’t go off which meant I was running late for a bike ride with friends. My energy was low. My back hurt and I could feel a headache coming on. Girlfriends will empathetically recognize these symptoms. It was my “special” day. I would have much preferred an ordinary one. Continue reading


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The Critical Question: So What?

Our biggest ride: The Harvest Century (46 miles)

Our biggest ride: The Harvest Century (46 miles)

Year-end is a time of reflection, goal setting and (if you work for Corporate America) preparing for your annual performance review. After thirty-one years at Intel I had become well versed in answering the “So what?” question. In other words, it didn’t really matter the number of hours I worked, how hard I worked or how much activity I generated. What mattered most was one thing: ResultsContinue reading


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Stay Warm in Winter!

Two years ago I stopped hibernating in winter. No more hanging up my bike for a cycling hiatus and no more losing ground in my fitness level from months of inactivity. Not only is riding year round a great way to stay in great bikey shape, but riding in the fall and winter is invigorating and oh-so-beautiful. Yes, even here in Portland, Oregon, where there are plenty of dry days for us bicycling enthusiasts to enjoy.

There was a time I would have thought that anyone who rode in temperatures less than 70 degrees was simply nuts. I hate being cold, but I have also come to discover there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Thirty-seven degrees outside? No problem. The sun is shining, it is not raining (saving that for another post), friends are waiting. Let’s ride!

So let’s kick off a conversation about how to stay warm Continue reading


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Then and Now: Celebrating 2014!

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2014 “newbies” at the Banks-Vernonia Trailhead.

How often do you stop and look back?  It is a great exercise, especially for the purpose of celebrating progress. Last April, Ride Like A Girl launched its second season with a mostly-new group of forty women who wanted to try this biking thing. They dusted off their bikes buried deep inside their garages. They wheeled them into a neighborhood bike shop for inspection, adjustment and some minor repairs. They listened to Continue reading


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On Winged Wheels of Boundless Joy!

70 "Yearlings" joined RLAG in 2014.

70 “Yearlings” joined RLAG in 2014.

In wrapping up the 2014 riding season for Ride Like A Girl here in Portland, I asked the women who participated to share how they have personally grown, what they learned, which barriers they overcame, or the goal they accomplished. This post is a simple list of their responses, Continue reading


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RLAG Exposed!

In a culminating ride for the 2014 season, a team of sixteen women from Ride Like A Girl completed a 46-mile bike ride in The Harvest Century Sunday, September 28.  In a wave of pink, white and black, the women crossed finish line to be greeted by a live camera and reporter Continue reading


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Give it a Rest

I am tired and my butt hurts.

Is it time for a break yet?

How much longer?

Have these thoughts ever taken center stage in your mind during a bike ride?  Biking can be fun, adventuresome, and inspiring – but it can also be tiring. Sometimes you just need a break. Stop. Eat. Recharge. Yes, that is one way to rest up, and sometimes the best way. But when you are pressed for time, want to stick with friends who are rolling ahead, or simply want to squeeze in a few more miles, can you rest without stopping? Is it possible to rest while you are on your bike? Continue reading