Holding Myself Accountable: Cycling Goals 2022-2023

2022
Armed Forces Cycling Classic’s Challenge Ride – DONE
Saturday, June 4

9 laps in 3 hours (my goal) | Crystal City, VA
Beneficiary: various charities
Empire State Ride 2022
Sunday, July 24 – Saturday, July 30

500+ miles fully supported | New York
Beneficiary: Roswell Cancer Research
RBC Century Ride
Sunday, August 21

100 miles | Reston, VA
Beneficiary: Reston Bike Club
Lime Connect Century Ride
Saturday, October 8

100 miles | Reston, VA
Beneficiary: college-bound high school seniors with disabilities
72 Hours to Key West
Thursday, November 3 – Saturday, November 5

280+ miles | Ft. Myers to Key West [Florida]
Beneficiary: Tiny Hands Foundation
2023
Bike to the Beach
Saturday, April 22
100+ miles | Miami to Key West [Florida]
Beneficiary: Autism
Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder
Sunday, June 11
40 -or- 60 -or- 80 miles | Middleburg, VA [Salamander Resort]
Lake Anne SUP Triathlon
August – DATE TBD

SUP + Ride + Run | Reston, VA
Beneficiary: Reston CORE Foundation

Past RIDES I HAVE DONE Multiple Times That I Recommend:
TD Five Boro Bike Tour + Bike Expo New York *super fun, not a race
First Sunday in May

40 miles on car-free roads and bridges | New York City
Beneficiary: Free bike education to kids in the five boroughs (largest charitable bike ride in the US)

RIDES I HAVE NOT DONE, But Are on My List:
Bike MS
Date Varies Based on City

15 to 150 miles | 68 City Options Throughout the US
Beneficiary: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Tour de Perry *after the ride you can enjoy the Perry Chalk Art Festival
July

17 -or- 31 -or- 53 miles | Perry, NY
Beneficiary: N/A

#yearofyou

#yearofyou

Before the official start of 2019, I created the hashtag yearofyou and challenged you to invest in yourself this year through healthy activities and events. Trying to lead by example, I’ll share my life experience and the progress on my goals along the way.

Life Experience Share: A friend recently asked me, how do you stay committed to exercise and motivated? My response, set time aside for yourself every day whether it’s 5 minutes, 60 minutes, or whatever and schedule it on your calendar like an appointment. You are more likely to commit to a workout if you treat it like an appointment that you cannot cancel without penalty. If you have a doctor appointment, you take it seriously and don’t skip it. Same goes for self-care time. If you need a mental health recharge, take some quiet time and meditate or listen to music that fills your soul. If you need a physical release, take a yoga class, go for a run, whatever activity challenges you while you are doing it, but then afterward makes you feel fulfilled. My friend shared that she does well for a few days or weeks, goes out and eats/drinks too much, and then feels like all her efforts were for nothing, so she throws in the towel altogether. My advice to her, DON’T GIVE UP! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! This is one of the most common reactions people have when they go off track. If this happens, you need to switch your mindset from self-sabotage that all your workouts were for nothing to it’s alright, I had some indulgences that everyone is entitled to, and I will get back on track! If you do or think in extremes you set yourself up for failure. Nothing is unrecoverable. Will you have to work backward a little to return to the point you were? Yes, BUT your efforts are never a total loss.  

A relevant quote I posted on Facebook that a friend told me … Life is like a camera, focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if something doesn’t turn out, take another shot (try again)!


I strive to present everything I do in life in a meaningful and inspiring way. The yellow color of the hashtag is on purpose. I selected it to empower the words yearofyou because yellow is the color of the Solar Plexus Chakra, the Third Chakra of the body known as the Manipura. It is the center point in which all energy from the power of life and vitality flow throughout your entire body. It governs self-esteem, warrior energy/anger, and transformation and it controls digestion and metabolism.

Mental Core Exercise: Get some fresh air and meditate outside on a sunny day focusing on your breathing.

Physical Core Exercises: Anything that works your core or involves twisting — crunches, plank, twisted lunges, Boat Pose or Child’s Pose.