Shut up and pedal

Elizabeth Hazelton - Encinitas, CA

Shut up and pedal

I started cycling after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I needed a psychiatrist and a bike was the best one I could find. I'm now on my 8th year of being cancer free. I ride to work everyday and do long rides on the weekends. It's never been easy to keep in shape until I fell in love with cycling. I met my husband while riding. Our wedding was easy. We took an early morning train from San Diego to Santa Barbara on a Friday. Got married on the beach that evening and rode our bikes back to San Diego over the next two days. The following year we flew to Vancouver, Canada and rode to San Diego. We averaged 115 miles a day. I had a meltdown almost everyday, but I still got up the next morning to do it all over again!! My final meltdown happened in Goleta, after 135 miles. We had 8-9 miles left, we were riding on the shoulder 101 freeway with no other option but to pedal. I realized everyone we were riding with was in the same boat I was in, I was the only one crying. My motto became "Shut up and pedal..."  I've not experienced a meltdown since that awful day. The thing about riding is you keep getting better with every ride. A bad day riding is still better than a day driving in a car. Remember to keep your line straight, keep your helmet on (especially parents riding with there kids), put a smile on your face and have fun!!!!

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