Running will always be my main squeeze. However, my body can’t take more than a few days of pounding the pavement (or trail) each week. My love affair with indoor cycling began when I joined Healthworks in Cambridge, MA. At the time, boutique fitness wasn’t a thing. This was a traditional cycling class, which mirrored the outdoor cycling experience. The instructors were amazing – one even guided you through “real” outdoor trails – and the sun would rise through the windows as the class progressed. So yeah, I fell hard and fast.
Since then, I’ve gone to many classes taught at gyms and boutique fitness studios. I love it because it’s really accessible and if the teacher rocks (and so many do nowadays), the class flies by. It’s a great option for people who are nervous about taking a group class – the lights are typically dim and you can sit in the back corner – and those who want some cardio but don’t love running or swimming. Although I love riding outdoors, the durable bikes don’t come cheap and the weather is not always your friend.
Much has changed since I started riding 10ish (eek!) years ago. Here are a few new concepts I love.
Lastly, I’m super pumped because Cyclebar Falls Church is opening next week! If you live close and haven’t tried it yet, they hosting free classes starting November 20th and will have amazing deals on memberships and classes (there will literally be discounts on discounts). Why do I love them? They have tons of free perks - cycling shoes! towels! happy hours! - use metrics (Cyclestats), and have great instructors (Cyclestars). Message below or email me if you want to try it and I will hook you up.
Happy riding friends.
While you can't always snag those $1 seat deals, Megabus still can be a very affordable option traveling to / from DC, Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston. Like many others, I used to take it quite frequently during college. I needed a car for my first job, so that was the end of my frequent Megabus rides. After I moved to Philadelphia and then New York, most of my travel was done via Delta or Amtrak. This past month, I took 3 trips to DC. One of them was for 5 days, so I figured I'd give Megabus a shot.
I was fully prepared for delays that ensued. On the way there, we boarded an hour late and then hit an extra 30 minutes or so of traffic. For $15, this met my expectations. However, I was perfectly happy during my 6+ hour ride. Not only did I pre-download several podcasts, but I also packed enough sustenance to last 2 days in the wild.
Here's what I bring for these long haul trips:
In addition to the above, I bring a plastic bag (for trash), plastic utensils, and napkins.
What do you pack when you travel? Any tips on packing veggies?
Kate Scott is an avid runner, who has completed three marathons and numerous half marathons. She travels frequently, most recently to Toulouse and Bordeaux in France. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and is a certified public accountant.