Trek Women
November 24, 2008

"7.6 FX WSD"

76fxwsd_white[1] Sue Bergeron is one of the ladies that I keep in touch with on a fairly regular basis and she is from "my age" neighborhood.  Sue is currently waiting for her new 7.6 FX to be delivered and I wanted to share her thoughts as just one of many who have written to me about this bike.   

"While doing two Backroads bike and multi-sport tours this past year, I realized that I felt a lot more confident and secure riding their bikes than my own.  The reason for this is because, their bikes have tires that are a little wider and are more forgiving when it comes to navigating small rocks, potholes, etc.  and also the handlebars are like those on a mountain bike so that I was able to sit up which is a lot easier on my back. Also the gear shifters were up on the handle bars with a visual indicator letting me know approximately what gear I was in and much easier for me to use.  For a comparison, a beach cruiser is the equivalent of a very comfortable pair of cross trainer shoes with inserts for added comfort.  My beautiful road bike with the curl down bars and skinny tires, however is for me the equivalent of trying to walk around in a parit of 5" stiletto heels!  If I am riding a beach cruiser, I am able to relax and enjoy a casual ride in a flat location without having to think too much.  But, if I am trying to walk around in 5" heels, I need to be hyper-aware of my surroundings so that I do not fall and break my neck or something else.  I plan to keep my beautiful road bike, but for the foreseeable future I am looking forward to becoming one with my beautiful new 7.6 FX WSD.  It is not that one bike is better than the other, it's just that for right now I believe my biking needs and skills are more suited to the 7.6 FX WSD.  I hate getting older, it sucks!  but I am in better health and shape now than I was in my 20's and I am able to do a lot more.  Hopefully, I am also wiser.  Sue Bergeron

I couldn't have said it better myself.

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November 18, 2008

"Lots of Inquiries"

Cayucos 152 It's that time of year again, Fire Storms are showing up all over the place and the air quality is horrible.  This is not a good time to be riding your bike, nor is it a good time during an earthquake, tornado or hurricane.  We are lucky in California that we traditionally deal only with Earthquakes and Fires.  Whatever happened to the term Forest Fires?  These days the fires are burning down homes.  Oh well, such is life all around the world, everyone has their own issues to deal with. 

I wanted to pass along some interesting information to you all because I have received so many inquiries lately about a particular model of bicycle.  The FX series seems to be fascinating a lot of folks that are in my demographic.  Men and Women alike are looking for a stable, comfortable ride that is also efficient.  I am quite surprised how many people have asked me if I tested this model bike.  Sooo, I have passed along the spirit of your inquiries to Trek and asked them for this model to test ride.  I love all my bikes and to each of them there is a "Season and Reason" for the ride.  Now, I am looking for a good old friend that will take me where I want to go at "62" (almost).   I told them at Trek that this bike needs some press time too.  I have the 7.2 FX and it is perfect for my Sarris trainer and I don't want to upset that perfect set up.

I have one lady that I connect with quite often that went ahead and purchased the 7.6 FX and I will pass along some of her comments to you on the next blog entry.   Stay tuned.  By the way, since I returned to work after knee surgery, I am learning new / additional duties, and my brain has been in overload.  While it's good to keep the learning process ever forward, I have been a little overwhelmed, and remiss about my entries.  Please forgive me and keep reading,  I have many tales to tell.

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November 6, 2008

"Body Mind and Spirit" 3

G glass 5 Today I want to speak about the power of our inner "Spirit".  I could talk to you all week long about the Spirit within us; and it may be more logical to say the "Spirits" with us.  This I know for sure that my spirit has led me down the path that I travel today.  It inspires AND drives  me.  Actually it is happening to all of us every day.  The spirit keeps us going and gives us courage to face each day.

Here is what I work on all day long, every single day. I thought I knew everything about three years ago.  I thought that there couldn't be another experience in my life that I could learn from.  Well along comes a whole new group of friends into my life, actually every day I meet someone I can learn about and from.  So every day and all day long, as I was saying, I seem to analyze every thought and word that comes across my mind.  I try to make adjustments so that my thoughts are always positive and all vibrations that I send back out are positive.  I try to direct my words to those that I am speaking to and with, and I try to be a better listener.  I don't know how much of this is working but some of it must be because I don't seem to dwell on the negative as much as I try to see things as others want me to.  

My point is, we need to always work on the development of our inner self, and find a way to do that in a way that works best for you.  It's an ongoing process but it sure feels good and something else; it starts happening automatically without very much effort at all.  Don;t ignore yourself, listen, and learn because your are your best teacher.  So for now. this is my little lecture about Body, Mind and Spirit, all of which together is what you are made of.  Enjoy.....

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November 4, 2008

"Body, Mind and Spirit" 2

Images[3] Today I would like to send some thoughts your way about "The Mind".  We all know just how powerful the mind can be as we have seen in demonstrated over and over.  When I was talking with my son in law recently, we were discussing the concept of feeling younger than our actual age.   The idea that I could actually have this conversation with a son in law, and we were relating on the same level , actually shows you how the years have flown by.  

The point he was trying to make was being "Young Minded"  When you are 10, young minded can mean that you have imagination.  When you are 30 it can mean playing a silly game with small children.  When you are in your 50's and beyond, it can mean trying something new.  Now is your chance, for those of you that have always wanted to try something new but always had an excuse or something else was holding you back.  This is the perfect time to take up a new interest.  It will give you something to talk about at the holiday parties, and something to add to your wish list.  When I ride my bike I imagine that it looks like the picture above.  FABULOUS 

Let me just take this time to relate to you how great bicycling fits into this plan.    There are bicycles that are designed to your specific body type and needs, (Go back into the Trek website and look into the Women Specific Design line of gear).  You can take a vacation ride, path rides and neighborhood rides.  It's great for your health and could be fantastic for your social life.  By the way, every doctor I ever speak to recommends the bicycle for the mature citizen.  There is no impact and the movement is good for all your aching or non aching joints.    Let you Mind run wild and never underestimate what you can accomplish.

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November 2, 2008

"Body, Mind and Spirit"

Thumbnail[7] As I am turning a corner of sorts with regard to my bicycle goals, I was reflecting on how to get my thoughts together so I might share them with you.  Today I have a few things to say about The "Body".

As you might have read I recently underwent some knee surgery which I wanted to do, so I would be able to continue my riding.  This has taken somewhat of a bigger bite from life than I was expecting.  Yeah, Yeah, people tell me, "Well Marie you ARE almost 62 and it takes longer to heal than it would have if you were '20' years younger"   I have also heard things like "You might as well count on three months before you get back to where you were".  Then there are the people at the other end of the spectrum that cannot understand why I would still have any lingering limitations.  May I just add that the comments that I have received with regard to my limitations have all been from men. 

Everyone thinks they have all the answers.  But need I say that most women are built differently than men.  We have wide hips to bare those children and there is a whole different set of logistics when it comes to our carriage.  I just wanted to reinforce this thought.  No matter what the circumstances are that you are experiencing, listen to your own intuition.  Heal, recuperate, rehab, all at your own speed and get there when you get there.  These are the comments from the people that I have been listening to.  I suggest that everyone heals differently; it's not a race.  The race will come later when you are completed healed.

Whether you are starting out with your first bicycle ride, rehabbing an injury or just trying to experience something new; take your time, keep your own pace and listen to your heart.   

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