Guest Post: How I got Someone to Ride, by Mary T

05.24.2012 | 1:06 am

201205171302.jpgMy riding story begins about 3 years ago.

After having our 6th child, I knew that I needed something else to do with my body (my husband had granted me my “bonus” baby after agreeing on 5, so we were done with having children).

He bought me a hybrid bike and I started riding whenever I could. On Sunday afternoons, I would take my bike and just go for several hours ALL BY MYSELF. I’m a stay-at-home mom, so alone time doesn’t happen much.

One Sunday I noticed a young guy riding not far in front of me. I made up my mind to catch him. After I passed him, he came up and started talking to me. He was a super friendly, super young (early twenties), a triathlete and lifeguard at Clearwater Beach.

We rode together for about 5 or 6 miles until we went in different directions. I rode home and proceeded to tell my husband that I just had a wonderful ride and made a new friend.

After hearing about my new friend, my wonderful husband decided to start riding. I had been nagging him to exercise for years. I just needed a young, male lifeguard to give him a little nudge.

Last August, my husband and I completed our first Ironman (Louisville, KY). Ironically, that lifeguard competed in the same one–and yes, I have thanked him for being the motivation that my husband needed to start working out.

PS from Fatty: Don’t forget, the contest to win a trip and a bike, all while fighting cancer, is still on. Click here for info on the trip, then click here for information on the bikes, and click here to donate. Thanks!


  1. Comment by Mary's WS | 05.24.2012 | 6:39 am

    Awesome story and couple!! Best parents and cycling buddies!!!

  2. Comment by Matt | 05.24.2012 | 7:03 am

    This is a nice story. Nice and well-rounded, cyclists are friendly people.

  3. Comment by Fat Cathy | 05.24.2012 | 7:56 am

    Wow, six kids and you still look fabulous. You just took away all of my excuses!

    Nice story and, BTW, you have a beautiful family!

  4. Comment by Bryan (not that one) | 05.24.2012 | 9:49 am

    This doesn’t work in reverse. At least not for me. I tell my wife about women who talk to me while I’m out riding and she doesn’t start riding with me. :-)

  5. Comment by SaddleAmericana | 05.24.2012 | 10:08 am

    Ha ha ha! I love it! A little rivalry, tinged with some slight jealousy, can go a long way! Great work Mary T and keep on pedaling!

  6. Comment by JIm B | 05.24.2012 | 2:51 pm

    Whoa — how do you find the time to train for an Ironman and raise six kids? I have no excuses…

  7. Comment by stacey | 05.24.2012 | 3:02 pm

    amazing parents, friends, and athletes! Raising 6 little triathletes…love it!!

  8. Comment by Bryce | 05.24.2012 | 9:10 pm

    Great story! I loved this one.

  9. Comment by 1 | 05.24.2012 | 9:55 pm



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