Come, relax and enjoy the ride!

I am excited to open my own cycling studio, Sol Pedal. To be doing what I love and have loved for the past 6 years is a blessing. Many of you have ridden many miles with me, so come back and lets travel together. Time flies as we cycle to an eclectic mix of music. I created the studio to be funky and fun, a place where you feel surrounded by happy, healthy energy.

So join the Ride. Its the only hour of your day that you can completely get away. We sweat, sing along, push each other and have a blast. Sure it's exercise, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun! After all, life is what you make it!

Sunday, October 31

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. - H. P. Lovecraft
Enjoy your day and enjoy your evening. Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30

A Harvard study found that those who occasionally indulge live longer than those who don't. ~ Dr. Oz

Friday, October 29

You are protecting yourself against colds, flus, you name it.

Exercise elevates your level of immunenoglobulins, which are proteins that help bolster your immune system and ward off infection. "Every sweat session you do can help strengthen your immune function for about 24 hours," says Cedric Bryant, Ph.D. - chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise.

Thursday, October 28

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~ E.E. Cummings

Find the courage today to choose for you, no one else. Choose without stressing about what's come and gone or worrying about what might be. Choose based on who you want to be in the world today, and then honor that choice with your actions. ~ The Tiny Buddha blog

Tuesday, October 26

"It's not a web. It's life. It's life that catches you. Life changes and we change in response to it." ~ Delia, from The Senator's Wife

Monday, October 25

Thirty minutes of moderate stationary biking significantly lessens an angry mood and can even keep anger from coming on, according to research from the University of Georgia in Athens. ~ Fitness Magazine November 2010
One sweat session lowers your blood pressure level for up to 16 hours. ~ Fitness Magazine November 2010

Sunday, October 24

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. ~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Saturday, October 23

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ~ Oscar Wilde

Thursday, October 21

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. ~ Johann Von Goethe

If you devoted an entire day to observing everything that's beautiful and inspiring, you could create a massive list. You'd notice friends looking out for each other, strangers exchanging simple kindness, and and countless other pieces of evidence suggesting the world is good.

If you spent the day looking for everything disappointing and frustrating, you could likely create another list. You'd notice friends putting themselves first, strangers holding their guards up high, and countless other pieces of evidence suggesting the world a scary place.

The world is neither black nor white. It's all there. What you notice most often reflects what you believe in your heart. Believe in the good and find it today. It's there. It's always there. ~ The Tiny

The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Pay attention to someone today - no distractions.

Wednesday, October 20

Every right decision I’ve ever made has come from my gut, & every wrong decision I've ever made was a result of me not listening. -Oprah

Tuesday, October 19

"I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle" ~ Alice, Alice in Wonderland

Who do you want to be today? You have the power to make anything happen!

Monday, October 18

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. Franz Kafka

Thanks to all who helped with the aid station yesterday. It is always so much fun to gather inside and outside the studio and work together!

Countless hours go into training for such an event as today. One of the first male riders past our station, blew a tire. He was actually the 6th out of the water (strong athlete). This gentleman had been training for the last 15 months to prepare himself for Sunday's race and had set a goal to complete the event in under 5 hours. What may have been a quick flat fix turned into an hour or so and a complete wheel swap. Was this man disappointed or defeated? No way, he had set a goal, committed to it and hopped on his bike after the hour setback and raced off to finish as a crowd of volunteers cheered him on his way. He would no longer meet the time he set for himself, but the goal of completing the event he would attain proudly.

I love that. Some may have hung up the towel and called for support to take them in for the day - no not him. It was a lovely thing to witness.

Set a goal, be driven and flexible enough to roll with the punches and finish everything you do as strong as possible.

Sunday, October 17

Good luck to all the athletes participating in the Atlantic Coast Triathlon and Amelia Man Olympic Distance Triathlon today! Thanks to all the Sol Pedal volunteers for taking the time to help!

Thursday, October 14

Sol Pedal will be staffing a water station on the biking portion of the Atlantic Coast Triathlon next Sunday, October 17th. Anyone Sol Pedalers that would like to volunteer their time that morning to hand out water, sports drinks and bananas to the bikers, please sign up at the studio or email

The aid station will be on the Amelia Concourse. Volunteer are needed between 7:30am until 11:30am. Come for a short while or the whole time. It is nice for these athletes to see friendly, encouraging faces as they have already completed an ocean swim, will be biking and still have a run to do! Join the fun next Sunday!

Atlantic Coast Triathlon is a 1/2 iron distance race = 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run

AmeliaMan Olympic Triathlon is 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Anyone interested in helping, please grab a map with directions and volunteer instructions in the Sol Pedal Studio or contact Leslie for more information. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 13

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To hope is to risk pain.

To try is to risk failure,

but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

Tuesday, October 12

You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients. ~ Julia Childs

Make the breakfast drink that Dr. Oz swears by!
This "green drink" is high in fiber, low calorie, and rich in vitamins.

2 cups spinach
2 cups cucumber
1 head of celery
1/2 inch or teaspoon root ginger
1 bunch parsley
2 green apples
juice of a lime
1/2 juice of lemon

Combine all ingredients into a blender. Makes 28-30 ounces or 3 to 4 servings.

Monday, October 11

Happy Birthday Saturday Night Live! It first premiered on NBC in 1975. My Favorite SNL video. Enjoy, start your week off with a good laugh!

Sunday, October 10

The senses are like a reversible coat. They can go outside to the world, or inside to the soul. ~ Buddhist proverb

Saturday, October 9

It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know." ~ W. Somerset Maugham

Sometimes we don't have the answers, don't be afraid to admit not knowing.

Thursday, October 7

Wednesday, October 6

Please follow this link and read this blog post.
Strive to be real, not perfect.

Tuesday, October 5

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is

to be thrown out of the nest. ~ Pema Chodron

Get out of your nest and do something today. Make a plan for your week and do or try something new each day. Only you can make things happen for you.

Monday, October 4

Change happens not by hatred but by love. Change happens when you understand what you want to change so deeply that there is no reason to do anything but act in your own best interest. ~ Geneen Roth

Speaking of change: As of this week, no Tuesday and Thursday 8am classes. Join us at 9:15!

Sunday, October 3

Grief hurts, sadness hurts, but its not the feelings that destroy us. It's what we tell ourselves about the feelings. ~Geneen Roth from Women Food amd God

Saturday, October 2

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it. ~ Jonathon Winters

May things happen for you today.

Friday, October 1

Holding on to anything is like holding your breath. If you don't let go, you will start to suffocate. ~ Deepak Chopra