Full transparency, this week's Everyday Adventurer is my mother in law and I am not 100% sure she has highlighted enough about the amazing adventures and achievements she has been on with her trusty bike.
Humm where to start.... she has cycled from Cairo to Cape Town, from Istanbul to Beijing and traversed South America with each of these cycling adventures being well over 10,000 km. So if you are looking for inspiration to go out and follow your ACTIVE dream look no further than Ronda.
First Name: Ronda
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
What ACTIVE have you found? City & World Cycling
How did you find your ACTIVE? I met a new male friend, who didn't own a car. He used a bicycle all the time to go everywhere.
What do you love about your ACTIVE? Being outside, faster than walking, easier than parking a car in the city, much-needed exercise and seeing my surroundings.
What pulled/drew you to the ACTIVE? I had always been a sports participant growing up very active with my children: playing, cycling, skiing, swimming, hiking, camping when they were growing up. Slowly these activities stopped.
What surprises did you find along the journey? I missed participating in speed, competitive games, companionship through sport and travel. My partner and I took up snowboarding, volleyball and traveled the world on a bike.
What were the challenges getting started? I was out of shape and my bike was not good and I lived in a hilly place and I was in my mid-fifties.
How do you keep yourself motivated? It feels good and I love touring on a bike.
What was one thing that was holding you back from your ACTIVE? Exposure to possibilities, thinking I was getting old and no one to share it with.
If you could share one piece of inspiration to those finding their ACTIVE and staying motivated, what would it be? Think of the things you would like to do, even if they seem out of reach, join a class, club or group who do these things and give it a try.
Who inspired you to find your ACTIVE? The male friend became my partner. Sharing his passion had a great bonding effect.
How has your ACTIVE changed over the years? In my seventies, I am not as strong as I was and my endurance has decreased. Long-distance tours (10,000km) have almost stopped...... maybe.
Words of wisdom to share: It is hard to get going building up stamina and enthusiasm. But just go. When you are older, if you begin a new activity - you will probably improve. If you stick with your familiar sport your performance will decrease.
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