We love hearing from our customers and periodically like to introduce them to our audience and Spruzza users.
We’d like you to meet Sharon, one very cool cyclist from Austin Texas. Please enjoy a quick read about Sharon, her rides, challenges and a few other favorite things.
CITY AND STATE Austin TX
BIKE YOU RIDE Felt S32 TriBike, Trek 2300 road bike, Trek 800 Mtn bike (I won this one)
CLUB OR TEAM YOU RIDE WITH Amber Moon Athletes, Austin YTri
REASON YOU RIDE
It’s part of being a triathlete! And there is just such a freedom that comes with riding you don’t get anyway else. I also ride because its easier on my body than all that running (don’t get me wrong, I’m a runner too!), and I’ve got some metabolic issues which make recovery a challenge. The Bike, however, is much easier for me to recover from, which means I can ride more often. It calms the mind. I can take it out on the hills.
FAVORITE SEASON TO RIDE: ALL YEAR LONG! While Spring & Fall are definitely my easier to get myself outside. in 2017, when I first started using my Spruzza, I finally biked all summer long. This was a first! I normally had to take July & August as my off season due to heat tolerance issues (yep, I had heat stroke as a child), but Spruzza has changed all that.
FAVORITE TIME OF DAY TO RIDE
MORNING most definitely. Then I have lots of time to get the rest of life done. The universe is just peaceful at this time of day.
BEST THING ABOUT RIDING
FREEDOM!!! Riding like the wind.and HILLS. I <3 hills. #ieathillsforbreakfast
WORST THING ABOUT RIDING
I have to pack up to ride, then drive about 20 min to one of our starting points. Way too much traffic if we start too close in.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE was my BIGGEST VICTORY
In 2013, I had a displaced spiral fracture of toe #4, which lead to a neck injuries that took 3 years to get under control. Through most of the rehab process, I was able to be in the pool, kicking only - no arms as it made the neck worse. I also had to learn to use a snorkel as rotary breathing also made it worse. I still use a snorkel to this day. Next, I was able to incorporate running, most upright position for the neck.
By the spring of 2016 I finally started adding biking into the mix, but had to stay on my mountain bike to keep the neck happy. The biggest challenge has been to keep the neck happy through EVERYTHING.
When in finally did my first tri after all of this time & rehab efforts, Sept 2016, that was the first time I didn’t notice my neck at all. I placed 4th in my age group. My next race, May 2017, I actually qualified for Nationals. I still have to manage the neck, I still have days when aero/swimming/running is uncomfortable and I can’t stay/continue for long, but in Nov 2017, I completed a half Iron Aquabike. 56 miles of biking after a PR swim of 1.2 miles (with the snorkel). And my neck was fine.
FAVORITE QUOTE turned into “what are Sharon’s sayings?” when she asked for input from her athletes & friends...pertains to training & triathlon in general
#ieathillsforbreakfast” “I won’t wear it, it has sleeves.” “Muffin thief did it.” “Best speed to the stop sign” “Morning Sunshine!” “Farrah, if you and Steven can talk, you're not working hard enough!”
2018 RIDING GOALS
Get faster & stronger so when I do my triathlons I race consistently above 19mph.
Complete my 2nd IronMan 70.3 (Nov 2018). My first was back in 2010, then the injuries started happening.
Make the bike leg equal to my swim (best event) & run (depends on how the bike went). 2018 IS the #YearoftheBike for me!
ANYTHING ELSE AT ALL?
In my free time, I garden and play w my 5 Persian cats.
I’m annoyingly perky at 530am, which is when i coach track/running.