A 300 Mile Bike Ride and the Motivation to Get There.

August 14, 2012 by Liz

Sharon Rowe, a long time member of Club Fit Briarcliff, accomplished a great feat when she biked 300 miles from New York to DC. She hadn’t ridden a bike in years prior to deciding to do this. The organization she rode with is called climateride. “Climate Ride is a non-profit organization that organizes fully supported, charitable bike rides to support sustainable energy solutions, bike advocacy, and environmental causes.” ClimateRide What makes Sharon’s story unique, is that she decided to do this having absolutely no training experience with something of this magnitude. Her motivation? Riding for a cause!

Sharon’s training included a great deal of time on the e-spinners, pushing her limits each day to raise her endurance levels. After all, having to ride 60 miles a day is quite a switch from not riding a bike at all for a number of years! In addition to using the e-spinners to train and riding outdoors, Sharon found Yoga to be a helpful part of her preparation. “It offered a nice balance to my endurance training and helped with my flexibility and mindset.”

We asked her how this experience raised her awareness about her body and physical fitness. It forces you to have better awareness and raise the bar on better engagement. “It takes me about 8 miles to get through to the next level. Those 8 miles are the toughest, they are the ones that test you, that make you want to give up. Once I get through that phase, I am ready for another 40 miles!” Sharon is a conscious, friendly and positive person who is motivated to make a difference on a personal and global level. She is full of passion and life. You can tell that this experience taught her a lot about pushing beyond what you think is possible. You don’t have to be a super-human athlete to do something like this. All you really need is the motivation and the goal no matter how big or small. What are you waiting for?

Sharon Rowe is the founder and CEO of Ecobags. Their “primary purpose is to create and offer thoughtfully produced and sourced products that help people reduce, re-use and recycle.” You can learn more about the company by clicking the link. Ecobags