Trek Women
April 6, 2009

Hi five...

Hi Roxanne, Caitlin, Rebecca, Amy and Mary - congratulations on being the new five to take over the handlebars as Trek's Women Who Ride!!!

I don't know anything about you... where you're from, what you like to ride, what you do... I don't know when you're going to start blogging or if I'll even get a chance to meet you - but, let me welcome you to the club!! You're in for quite a ride.

If you haven't seen it, here's a link to the announcement press release. To everyone who took the time out their busy lives to apply for this gig, THANK YOU. Since the release says there were four rounds of evaluation, that says to me you all must have sent in some pretty amazing stories.

On the flip side, I guess this means my blog clock is starting to wind down. I'm not sure what the timeline is - but I'll keep posting until I hear differently. :)


Hi Laura: Thank you, thank you! I feel honored to be one among the 10 WWR to date! I really have wanted to email each of you to ask about your two years - the stuff besides your blogging which I have at my fingertips to read.

Such inspiring stories, fun to read! It would be great if we were able to meet at some Trek event!

Again, I'm glad you opened the "door". Sounds like we know as much as you do, to date. But the 5 of us go to the "Mothership" factory later in April, I think then we'll get our marching orders! Again, thanks for welcoming us! Mary

Posted by: Mary Strupp | Apr 6, 2009 2:15:38 PM

Mary, great to hear from you! My advice is to just be yourself and do this for yourself. Go in to it with no expectations. I also watched an America's Next Top Model marathon to prepare for the photo shoot - but I'm a nutball like that.

The best part of the whole thing (and it gets inconvenient and frustrating at times)is when you check your blog account and see that someone's posted a comment - proof postive that at least one other person besides your relatives and best friends are interested in what you have to say. That's what I'm going to miss the most, those connections.

Posted by: Laura | Apr 6, 2009 3:03:38 PM

Thanks, Laura!!! I am so excited to be starting this new gig - it's been keeping a smile on my face since I found out! I still can't believe that I'm an official "Woman Who Rides!"

You watched the Top Model marathon, but I've been combing through all of your blogs & learning from the original Five. It's been entertaining and educational to read them. Any beauty tips for us as we converge on this photo shoot???

I hope we do get to meet sometime in the future - that would be very cool. I'm in NoVa for a couple of weeks every summer (live in CA). Would love to meet up & ride and/or socialize!

ps - Very clever title!

Posted by: Amy King | Apr 6, 2009 11:15:21 PM

Hi Amy, Congrats!!

Boy, if I think back on our blogs -- I think I've written at least 200 and Jen, Marie and Susan probably around that number too -- the common denominator to me is the honesty and the humor, and occasionally we even talked about riding bikes. Go figure.

Hmmmm, tips for the shoot (1) don't eat anything salty the day before, (2) get some sleep, (3) I worked out that morning to shake off some nerves, (4) bring a book/work cause you'll be sitting around most of the day, (5)don't be shy. And have fun!


Posted by: Laura | Apr 7, 2009 9:56:17 AM

Hi Laura,

Thanks for the props and thanks for paving the way! I hope we can do ya proud. I can't imagine having to do this for two years. It'll be be weird not having to do it, I suspect, once we start. Will you start your own personal blog now that you're a pro at it?

Thanks for the photo shoot tips. I'm in the advertising business so your description is pretty accurate. But it's all gonna be worth it. We'll be out of our element so I guess just run with it and be ourselves, like you said. Great plan!

Enjoy the rest of your blogging days. Feel free to comment when you see a big fat 0 comments on my posts. HA!


Posted by: Roxzanne Abbott | Apr 10, 2009 10:31:42 AM

Hi Roxy,
Yep, I've been on the creative side forever too - but, never as the "model". It was hard to take off my director hat and let someone else be in charge. :)

Anyway, no plans to start my own blog - two years was loooong enough. But, you can always catch up with me on Facebook - I'm a member of the Trek Bicycle group.

Posted by: Laura | Apr 10, 2009 1:05:00 PM

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