Yes You Can

FU CANCER RIDE NOV. 3

There are many ways to fight Cancer. One is with money and another is with love.

On Friday, November 3rd we will do both. We are having an FU Cancer Ride. We will also have a large board in the studio where you, our riders, can get personal and pin a note– share a story, a name, a memory, or just an FU comment to cancer. Whatever you want. We’re calling the board: FU Cancer, We’ve Got Something To Say.

This particular ride has been 15 months in the making. We are honoring the journey of one of our own team members, Kirsten Ward, as well as others who have suffered from cancer. Kirsten bravely wants to share her story. We want to raise awareness about early detection. We want to raise money for cancer research. And we want to bring our rider community together on an issue that has touched us all on some level. Ride and fundraiser details are at the bottom of this post.

In July 2016 Kirsten found a lump in her breast. She immediately went to see her doctor. Following a biopsy, she was told she had Stage 2 breast cancer. And it was fast growing. She’d had a clean mammogram just 5 months earlier. There were tears, shock and disbelief. Kirsten was given a 13 month treatment plan that included chemo, a double mastectomy, radiation and then more chemo. She would lose her hair. She would be so very sick. She would undergo surgery. But she would obliterate the cancer. Game on. FU Cancer!!

Kirsten was lucky in many ways. She has an amazing positive attitude, with a healthy touch of sarcasm built in. After trying on wigs she said, no thank you, I look like a stripper. So she went bald and proud. Kirsten sent me a picture of herself every Wednesday from her chemo chair. It got real.

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She has the most wonderful, supportive family you could ever dream of. You know them because they ride all the time… shout out to her amazing husband Tom, sister Eileen, and daughters Mariah, Grace and Josie. Our team also sprang into action with a meal train every Wednesday. We take no offense that her favorite meal from us was purchased from Whole Foods :)  Ha, apparently we’re better on the bike than in the kitchen!

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Kirsten has something to say. In her own words…

“Kirsten, you have a cancer in your breast.” Those eight words spoken plainly, yet kindly by the nurse who was tasked to make those dreaded phone calls changed my world forever. The days that immediately followed were some of the worst I’ve ever experienced. My own terror and grief, my three daughters’ tears, and my husband’s calm fortitude in the face of trying to hold it together for all of us made up those days and nights. We quickly rallied. We gathered information and facts, we spoke to endless doctors, nurses, family members and friends who had been there; we formed a plan.

The weeks and months that followed were a blur of chemo treatments (16 in all), surgery, radiation and now, more chemo. On January 3, 2018 I will have my final chemo treatment and on February 27, 2018 I will have my last surgery to rebuild my new breasts. I AM NOW CANCER FREE!!

CANCER SUCKS, FU CANCER!!! During every week, every treatment, every invasive procedure, these words went though my head. I quickly realized I needed this mantra to keep me strong, keep me fighting. For I was fighting…for my life.

Yes, the last fifteen months have been an ordeal, a horrible time in my life that I want to forget and put behind me. And yet, they have been a wondrous gift. Yes, a gift. The love, care and support I have received from my doctors and nurses, my fabulous husband, daughters, parents (birth and in law), siblings (birth and in-law), extended family, and friends near and far have been nothing short of miraculous. People are good. I always believed it but never have I seen or felt it more than these past months. It gave me a strength I never knew I had. I was, and am, humbled, and will be eternally grateful. Eternally.

 

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Our dear Kirsten was absent from Cycle Town for a year. But now she’s BACK and we couldn’t be more thrilled. She’s feeling good and she is cancer free. This ride is to honor her and the VERY MANY OTHERS like her. In our community we know many.  In your life you surely know many.  ALL proceeds will go to Dana Farber Cancer Center at South Shore Hospital in the Cancer Research Fund.

Here’s our ask: Come ride with us. It’s going to be really, really special. If you can’t ride, donate. And buy a pin and put a note on our FU cancer board. (It will be up later this week).  We all have friends and family who have been impacted by cancer. There are two ways to fight—with money and love. Do both with us.

Our FU Cancer Ride is Friday, November 3rd @ 6:30pm. It’s going to be heartfelt. After party to follow. Ride is free with a donation to Dana Farber. Ride registration and donation information will come out later this week, stay tuned.

The final takeaway (as it relates to breast cancer). Ladies, do regular self-exams. Like right now. It potentially saved Kirsten’s life and it can save yours. Also, keep up with your standard screenings like mammograms and doctor’s visits. Don’t ignore symptoms.

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Oktoberfest Challenge

Cycle Town Army, challenges make you unstoppable. Or you’re just addicted to stickers, we can’t tell which. Either way, Oktoberfest is our next challenge for the month of October and there’s a sweeeeet prize! Here’s how it works:

First, you pick a challenge level of 12 days or 16 days during the month of October.  12 days of riding gets you two entries in our raffle prize and 16 days gets you five entries.  Sign up in the studio.

Next, crush your challenge and have a fantastic time doing it throughout October.  Sticker up!

Lastly, you will be entered into our raffle to win our grand prize.

What’s the prize?  Okay, it’s heaven and exactly what you need after you rock your challenge.  You’re going on a trip.  One night lodging at Mirbeau Spa for two people, two 60 minute massages, and dinner at the Bistro and Wine Bar restaurant at Mirbeau.  Winner will pick travel date between November 2017 and January 2018.  Challenge ends October 31 and winner will be selected at random and announced by Nov. 3.

Game on!  Pick your challenge and add you name to our posters.  You can even start planning what date you want to travel this winter ;)

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Friend Week Is Back! Oct 17-21

Next week, October 17- 21, bring a friend for FREE!

We are celebrating Friend Week at Cycle Town. We love you riders, so naturally we’ll love your friends too and want them to share in the joy.

Here’s how it works. Check out our schedule and email or call us with your and your friend’s names and the class you’d like to take. We’ll add your friend to your class for free!

Here are some of the benefits of working out with a friend:

  • Stay accountable and plan workouts ahead of time together
  • Push one another — the shared experience of a ‘hurt so good’ sprint!
  • Pre- and post-workouts are catch-up time

** Friend week is available to new riders and riders who have not visited in the last 4 months. Friend Week will run Monday – Friday, Oct 17 – 21 and also our new Sunday class on Sunday Oct. 16 or Oct. 23 at 11 AM.

Tell your friends. Bring your friends. See ya in a saddle!

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September Strong – Our Tips To Get Back At It!

As  September kicks off and back to school approaches, you may be looking for some inspiration and motivation to tame the anxiety that comes with re-entry. We understand! We also know you want to get back to your fitness routine, so our instructors are giving tips on getting back in the saddle.  It feels good to sweat and get moving again!  Take advantage of our Fall Sale.  Buy a 10 ride package and get 2 rides free*.

 

Amanda – Just go for it!! One hour is only 4% of your day. We give so much of our days to other commitments–we deserve this time to let go, to find our strong and most importantly….to CRUSH BEATS!

Anne - It always feels better and gets easier after those first couple steps. Listen to your body….give yourself permission to do what feels right TODAY. And think about how great that post-workout smoothie is going to taste!

Cassie – Just have FUN – plain and simple!! Make it a fitness date with your friends or be adventurous and rock that cute/crazy top you’ve been eyeing! Who cares what you do, how much gear you add, or how fast you go, just go and rock out to the music on the saddle!

Erin – Schedule your rides as you would appointments…making exercise a priority when life gets crazy is a good way to beat the stress of back to school madness. #noexcuses

Kristen – Come as you are. Enjoy the dark and let that beat move you. Every pedal stroke is making your stronger no matter where you start. It comes back way quicker than you think it’s going to!

Natalie – September seems to be a month when we give a lot of our energy to our families, but be sure to make YOUR physical and mental health a priority by getting back in the saddle. You are worth it!

Toni – Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

 

* Sale ends Sunday 9/4/16.  One per person/linked family account.  The 2 free classes will be added to your account within 24 hours of purchase.

 

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Jan. 25-31 Exercise For Education

This week we’re participating in Hingham Education  Fund’s (HEF) Exercise For Education program.  It’s simple:

1) Come ride with us.

2) When you check-in tell us you’re riding to support HEF’s Education For Education and sign our HEF sign-in sheet.

3) Rock out and ride hard.

 

A portion of your ride cost will be donated to HEF and you will feel great on so many levels!

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Friend Week Oct. 12-16

Next week we are celebrating friends!  Within Cycle Town, our instructors LOVE to ride together. We do it as much as we can.  It’s extra fun and adds to our drive.  We encourage you to work out with a friend too.

  • Better accountability – It’s one thing to cancel on yourself, it’s another to cancel on a friend.  Schedule time to workout together!
  • More motivation – If you’re even thinking about giving up just look over at your partner in crime!
  • More fun – Working out, rocking out… everything is just more fun with friends!
  • Get your social fix – It’s the healthiest date you’ll ever have. Double down and schedule a juice or coffee date for afterwards.

October 12th thru 16th is friend week at Cycle Town. Bring a friend for FREE (new riders only). Boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, teen or your good ‘ol BFF.  Sign up yourself and tell us who you’re bringing (email, call, or chat with us at the studio) and their class is free.  Feel good fitness is one of the best gifts friends can give each other.  And don’t forget about our referral program.  You get a free ride if your new rider friends buy the intro 3-ride package.

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Your Love Affair With GEAR

Ohhhhhhhhhhh riders, you are doing such an amazing job on the bike. You ride to the beat like rock stars and go all in when we throw challenges at you. It’s so inspiring. Because of you, our ride has evolved much quicker than we ever expected, with a lot more to come. Now we’re going to have a conversation about gear.

Gear is a glorious thing and it’s time for you to begin your love affair with it. What? A red knob? Yes! You need to embrace that knob like you do a guilty pleasure. We have been adding a lot more gear to our rides.  Here are 4 reasons why.  Get on board with them and commit to paying close attention to your gear to take your ride and fitness to the next level. You will be glad you did.
• Gear supports you so you can catch that beat. As you know, nothing is better than riding to the beat.
• Gear requires that you exert more energy to stay on beat thus making your workout exponentially more effective and sweaty. (Don’t forget we take pride in sweat.)
• Gear challenges you to dig deep physically and mentally. To stay on beat with heavier pedal strokes, it takes a lot of focus. 50 minutes focused on you… heaven.
• Gear slows you down and enables you to tighten your core and really work your muscles through exaggerated pedal strokes and the Rhythm Ride movements for a full body workout.

Gear is an essential component of interval training or, as we like to call it, cardio fun on a bike. We always guide you with where your gear should be during each song via a perceived exertion scale. Follow our lead and begin that love affair with gear today.  It will make you feel great.

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