July 2018

Rider Spotlight: Rob Taub

Everyone needs a Rob in their life!  Robbie Gold, as we affectionately call him, is ALL HEART.  He has a magical way of making you feel good about who you are and what you’re doing.  He just tells ya and he wears it on his sleeve.  Get to know this rock star who brings good vibes to the world each day!

 

Tell us about yourself, your family and your interests.

My wife Mary Anne and I, both from NY, met after college and moved to Milton in the late 70’s and have been married now 38 years. We raised our two children there, Alexandra and Adam, and 11 years ago as empty-nesters moved to Hull – and Living the dream! Interests are our children, grandkids, and Elvis our Golden-Doodle; our friends and neighbors; and many, many years of live Dead concerts. Other interests are being outdoors at every opportunity, walking the beaches, and gardening, which is obvious if you’ve driven past our home on Center Hill in Cohullam.

Positive energy… you have boatloads of it! Where do you find yours and how do you grow it?

It comes from surrounding myself with upbeat people – family, friends, neighbors, the Riders at Cycle Town and even the couple sitting on the bench outside CT with their Yellow Lab … anyone who makes me smile and laugh. A great deal of positive energy also comes from lifting people up, which is not only what I have been doing for a living since Grad school, but what I do for the pure enjoyment and satisfaction and the “positive energy” derived from having my hand in on others’ successes.

What do you like about Cycle Town?

First, I LOVE all the instructors and staff, and the great camaraderie of “all for one and one for all” that they and all their rider participants share. That ATTITUDE clearly prevails … and too, as one instructor put it so well, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”.  Second, IT WORKS! I’m in better condition both mentally and physically than I’ve been in a decade.

What has your fitness journey been like?

Since beginning a year ago, I have rocked nearly 150 rides, lost 24 lbs., and with the loss of 4” off the waist, gained a whole new wardrobe. I have to thank John for pushing me to get started. After weeks of nudging he finally bought me a ride, and I took him up on it. John’s advice to me at the start? Check my ego at the door. I did. Were it not for John, I would not be in the condition I’m in, both mentally and physically.

What motivates you on and off the bike?

What mostly motivates me on the bike are the 30+ Riders around me. On AND off the bike it is the challenge of getting the job done; and it certainly helps to have a team of 30+. Getting this particular job done, that of finishing Cycle Town’s 50-minute choreographed-cardio-interval workout, is one I did not know would be possible just a year ago. The instructors’ relentless encouragement for the entire 50 minutes is also a great motivator – makes me just want to yell “WAHOO!” at every interval. At 66 years old, my experience with Cycle Town’s passionate and inspirational instructors and Riders both, has given me faith that, on OR off the bike, the only person who can tell you that “you can’t” is yourself … AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO LISTEN!

Favorite move on the bike?

Favorite move? The heavy slow climb from 70 to 80 to 90++ which takes all I have to give. My next favorite move? Unclipping … and another job well done!

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