03/5/17

Ready, Set, Cyclebar!

I am motivated by all types of Fitness and this weekend was a date with CYCLEBAR.

The CYCLEBAR story!

In 2004, Bill Pryor and his sister Alex Klemmer decided to create one of the first independent cycling studios in the country in their Boston neighborhood. Both Bill, then a corporate executive, and Alex, a stay-at-home mom, recognized that there were three key ingredients to a successful indoor cycling experience: great instructors, great music, and a great environment.

EVERY RIDE ROCKS AT CYCLEBAR!

 

They opened their first dedicated studio a year later and have been perfecting their high-energy, cycling- focused concept ever since. Now, ten years later, Pryor and Klemmer have partnered with like-minded fitness enthusiasts to allow others to experience and benefit from the CycleBar experience.

I showed up at CycleBar in San Antonio, TX this weekend excited and ready to ride. I was greeted with enthusiasm and kindness from the moment I walked in. CycleBar is full of positive energy and I couldn’t wait to see “where the magic happens”, lol.

Challenge yourself, because you can!

 

If you register on line you can select a cycle and cycle shoes for the ride, totally recommend the clip in shoes!

A quick stop in the changing room allowed me to notice ponytail holders, bobby pins and wipes, OK … nice touch! They do provide a locker, towel, water bottle and even offer fresh fruit on your way out, not kidding!

 

THE CYCLEBAR MISSION

 

  • Create a fun and accessible experience for riders of all ages and fitness levels.
  • Ensure every CycleBar ride is an unparalleled multisensory, intoxicating journey.
  • Hire and retain the very best people.
  • Fuel each ride with amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre™.
  • Deliver concierge-level service and an exhilarating experience that goes far beyond a great cardio fitness workout.
  • Rock the ride, each and every time.

I can honestly say that was truly one of the best work outs I have had in a while. Inspired to push myself with the help of a great instructor by the name of Brittany who’s motto is “do it with passion or not at all“. 

The CycleTheatre is a tiered theatre holding up to 55 custom bikes, two larger-than-life flat-screen TVs, personal data monitors, and a state-of-the-art audio, video, and lighting technology that creates a multisensory experience.

I can’t imagine adding anything else that would make the ride that much more! The high tech stationary bike makes it easy to understand and less fumbling around to stay focused on the ride. Thank you at CycleBar for the experience.

I asked the group if they could describe CycleBar in one word and here we go … exuberant, intense, invigorating, sweaty, fun, rocking, enjoyable and amazing! 

What’s on Tap at The Bar?

  • Mashup Monday
  • Wine Down Wednesday
  • Throw Back Thursday
  • Happy Hour Friday
  • Concert Series Saturday
  • Brunch Sunday

FREE RIDE with Promo Code: FIRSTFREE

(First time riders only.)

Sign up at STONEOAK.CYCLEBAR.COM

Facebook @CycleBarStoneOak

Twitte@CB_StoneOak

Instagram @CYCLEBAR

 

 

 

 

02/22/17

Fit Fun and the CYCLEBAR

Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.

It’s been a few years that I’ve tried indoor cycling and when Cycle Bar reached out to me I couldn’t say no! A fitness opportunity is not something I shy away from just get sore from, lol.

No Experience needed for this FREE ride. A positive attitude a MUST!

THE CYCLEBAR MISSION

  • Create a fun and accessible experience for riders of all ages and fitness levels.
  • Ensure every CycleBar ride is an unparalleled multisensory, intoxicating journey.
  • Hire and retain the very best people.
  • Fuel each ride with amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre™.
  • Deliver concierge-level service and an exhilarating experience that goes far beyond a great cardio fitness workout.
  • Rock the ride, each and every time.

The more the merrier so below is the link to choose a cycle for a ride with me … March 4th @ 3pm.

Fit Fun and … see ya there!

https://stoneoak.cyclebar.com/class-detail/?apptid=1749145

 

02/1/17

SATX Social Ride: Fit fun and my Bike.

 

SATX Social Ride

Fitness. Fun. Freedom.

I heard about this group of social bicyclists that would get together on Tuesday evenings to ride the streets of downtown San Antonio SATX Social Ride a little over a year ago. I met Yvette Hernandez who is one of the organizers and Ride Marshals and she invited me to take a ride. Yvette mentioned that they were on Facebook and that they would notify the group every week on the meet-up, the mileage and how much the course would challenge us on any given Tuesday and by challenges I mean hills.

I am totally social, I had a bike that was just sitting in my garage collecting dust, I was free on Tuesday nights and this “bike thing” sounded like a great way to burn some calories. It didn’t take me long to dust off my bike, put some air in my tires and find some friends willing to explore the city.

Ready. Set. Go.

We rode our first ride in 2015 with San Antonio Social Ride and we all still ride on any given Tuesday. It is the best ride in town! The wind in our hair and smiles on our faces. This “biking thing” has become near and dear to me and I am proud to say I am a member. Slow-rolls, hills, destination rides, theme rides, mural rides, rides for a cause and my all time favorite … biking to the spooky railroads tracks by the Missions during Halloween. Biking is freedom at it’s finest.

I was introduced to Jeff Moore who is the founder of SATX Social Ride and I just knew it would be a matter of time before I highlighted this group. Here is a quick Q & A with Mr. Moore, enjoy!

 How did you get into biking?

I started biking when I was about 5 like most kids in the 60’s and 70’s. I remember riding my bike to elementary school on the Eastside in all kinds of weather. I didn’t ride too much again until after college, when mountain biking was just getting popular.

I moved into a house close to downtown and began riding in the urban area in 2000. Downtown San Antonio was pretty empty of cyclists in those days.

How did the SATX Social Ride group evolve into what it is now?

I was riding from my house in Olmos Park Terrace with a few friends. Eventually a few others would join us and it became a crowd. I moved the starting and ending point to the Pearl parking lot in 2012. In 2013 I created a Facebook page and it grew from there. The first year we rode with 20 to 50 riders and kept it spontaneous. As the group grew so did our attention to safety and organization. It’s a complete team effort now that we regularly ride with over 250 cyclists.

What would you suggest for newbies wanting to try the group?

Wear a helmet, have lights on your bike and expect to have fun. Keep in mind that this is a social ride and not a race or workout. There’s no competition or ego needed on our rides. Definitely meet some new friends.

 Do’s and dont’s for cyclist?

Our biggest concern are cyclists who ride erratically and not predictably.

It’s important to realize that in a group there are cyclists all around you and it’s imperative to ride in a straight line. Don’t ride crazy and run someone off the road or clip someone’s front tire.

 Where do you see this group in 5 years?

We are currently forming a 501c3 (nonprofit) group. I want to make this a sustaining entity which carries on with the focus of safe social riding in the urban area.

We also support, and are actively involved, with many charitable and civic organizations. I’d like for this group to be an active force in making San Antonio known as a premier bike friendly city. That is a real challenge, but one that I think is possible.

Jeff Moore ~ SATX Social Ride Founder

 

This group is made up of many volunteers and on any given Tuesday they do their best to keep riders safe. They do ask very little of us bikers in return to make it a more enjoyable experience. Do your part to ride responsibly, courteously and legally. 

This to me is “Puro San Antonio” and I love it! You don’t have to be a professional to join or even have a friend to go with because you will walk away with many new ones and the most amazing feeling of “I did it”.

Make more of your life, Bicycle.

SATX Social Ride bike club is free to anyone, whether you choose to be added to the FB bike group or not, you are welcome to ride with us. It will be your responsibility to obey traffic laws and follow recommended safety precautions. The bike club is not responsible for any injuries, traffic citations, stolen/lost bikes or other personal belongings while participating ~ SATX Social Ride.

What are you waiting for?

Fitfunand … SATX Social Ride.

Here is a link on basic rules for biking in San Antonio,TX.

SA Bike Safety Laws & Ordinances

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09/10/16
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#Sunday Funday: Hike ‘n Bike through the San Antonio Missions Historic Park.

The National Park Service celebrated 100 years of service on August 25th, 2016 and we were all invited to join in on the fun. In Texas a few friends and I attended a red carpet event at a local theater to watch a screening of the National Parks Adventure IMAX film. If you haven’t already seen it I would highly suggest it!

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I am honored to represent my community as the Ambassador for Latino Outdoors~Southwest. This platform allows me to creatively explore the outdoors and highlight the beauty of Texas parks. Lucky me!

I had an amazing opportunity to not just join a celebration but put one together. I had been in contact with Tiara the Outdoor leader in San Antonio for Outdoor Afro and we thought it would be a fantastic idea to join our groups for the Centennial. These two organizations are changing the faces of conservation. A diverse set of people exploring, sharing and showcasing their love for the outdoors.

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Tiara and I thought it would be a great idea to do a Hike ‘n Bike along the beautiful river connecting our Missions.

Mission San Juan Capistrano and Mission San Francisco de la Espada are about a 3 mile round trip down the San Antonio River. Two groups, two parks and some cool peeps : ). The group was amazing and the weather was perfect!

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I am inspired and happiest the most outside exploring and it was even more special because we honored the Centennial. We hiked and biked to our destinations with smiles on our faces. A sweet thank you to San Antonio B-cycle who offered our group a 50% discount to rent the bikes located at the Missions. Find your park they said and together we did just that.

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Sunday Funday Hike n’ Bike

I wasn’t done yet! There was just one more event left for me and that was to run the NPS 100th Birthday Virtual 5k/10k/half. A virtual race is basically your pace, your race, your chosen destination. You register on line and a portion of the fee goes to the specified race and in my case, the National Park Foundation. When you complete your race you turn in your time and a couple of weeks later you receive a medal in the mail. The medal for this particular race was a Ranger Hat and you can see why this was a no brainer : ).

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I decided to run the 10k (6.2) miles over to the beautiful Mission Concepción. This stone church was dedicated in 1755, and appears very much as it did over two centuries ago. It stands proudly as the oldest unrestored stone church in America. In its heyday, colorful geometric designs covered its surface, but the patterns have long since faded or been worn away. A perfect place to reflect on what once was and what is now.

Just because the celebration has ended doesn’t mean the party is over! Head over to National Parks and be inspired to discover these amazing open spaces. Now go on and get lost, anywhere is a good place to start!

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FitfunandNPS Centennial!

 

 

 

07/19/16

#TexasParks: Take a Hike Y’all!

I love Texas where just about any road trip leads you to a nearby river, lake or spring. The Texas heat can get pretty brutal so a park with water to dive, dip or swim, is a must for me. Thank you Texas for having some amazing watering holes!

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. This centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship in America’s parks which will engage communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

We have all been invited to Find Your Park on a national level and to explore programs in our own backyard.

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My “backyard” is the Texas Hill Country. Texas is my state, born and raised!  A 25-county region of Central Texas and South Texas. The Hill Country reaches into portions of the two metropolitan areas, especially in San Antonio’s northern suburbs and the western half of Travis County, ending southwest of Downtown Austin.

A perfect road trip would include family, friends, hills, river fun and if i’m really lucky a winery or two : ).

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Dry Comal Creek

I do have some favorite parks that made the “must visit because Josie said” list : )! These beautiful outdoor parks are in no particular order because each park is unique in what is has to offer. Local Parks, State Parks, National Parks or the ever popular Texas watering holes. I am happy to share some of these outdoor gems with you, because after all … Sharing is caring! 

Texas Parks

Garner State Park

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Pedernales State Park

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Guadalupe River State Park

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

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Hamilton Pool Preserve

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Texas

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Mission San Jose

Krause Springs

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Comal Springs & Landa Park

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Mitchell Lake Audubon

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Big Bend National Park Texas

 

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Texas parks have my heart. I am never disappointed but I would be if I hadn’t wandered. Big Bend was the biggest and definitely the most challenging for me so far in terms of the terrain but it left me wanting more. I know in my heart I will be going back and I will set no boundaries for the open spaces that nurture my soul and make me smile ear to ear : ). The more I discover the more I uncover … my happy place, Outdoors!

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Big Bend National Park Texas

Latino Outdoors ~ Josie Southwest Ambassador

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Malibu Creek State Park – California

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Fitfunand … Parks!!

 

 

 

 

11/4/15

Life Is A Beautiful Ride.

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A couple of months ago I decided to dust off my bike and add something a little different to my fitness routine. I recently met some ladies who bike for fun and they mentioned that “themed” riding is a happening occurrence….WHAT????

I attended my first bike ride nervously with a friend who actually has “biking” experience. I don’t think I’ve ever done more than 5 miles on my bike but in my head I did the math (the Josie way). My last run was a 10 miler and I had 3 thirteen milers under my belt this year so I figured, why not?? Silly girl.

What I should have done before I biked after a 5 year hiatus and hardly any bike experience : )).

  • Brake check
  • Tire check
  • Gear check
  • Light check
  • Helmet

The only expectation I had was to have a great time. I didn’t prepare for reality. Embarrassed to say I rode with my front wheel turned around for at least 2 miles before a sweet and kind rider mentioned this to me as he also noticed that my front brake was not connected. Let me not forget to mention that I had no clue what I was supposed to do with the gears on my bike (gears ?). I did however, remember to put lights on my bike and bring hydration : ).

Ten miles later and a tad deflated ego I can honestly say my expectation was met. I HAD A BLAST!!

The group I rode with was fabulous and not once did they make me feel like the silly non experienced rider that I was. They stopped to help me fix my brake (glad the bike has 2) and even helped with basic bike etiquette along the way. I quickly figured out how to use my gears with advice from my new friends and by the end of the ride, I just knew I’d be back.

Fast forward 4 months later…

 

Social and themed bike rides through downtown San Antonio are now just a weekly occurrence, the norm. I recently completed a 25 mile bike ride to all the Missions and felt amazing afterwards. The wind in my hair with friends and family by my side sightseeing the city we love.

I have associated myself with great groups who just like me want to ride because we can : ).

Here is a link on Safety & Education for Cycling in San Antonio.

Laws/Ordinances

Fitfunand … Safety first!!