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Caitlin’s Stryde Journey

In just three weeks, Stryde has made Caitlin S. feel stronger and more motivated.

For Stryde rider, Caitlin S., believing in the process and herself has been what keeps her motivated to lead a healthier life for not only her, but her family. She began her fitness journey with the goal of more than losing weight — to move her body more. Throughout her journey, she has learned many things. “You do it because you love yourself, not because you hate where you are. You love yourself enough to want to be a better, healthier version of you and that person is worth fighting for.” She was quick to shift the narrative of thinking about workouts as an opportunity, not an obligation and to find gratitude in being able to move. “Perspective changes everything.”, she notes.

After participating in multiple virtual fitness challenges and losing pounds she never believed she would lose during a global pandemic and after having her son eighteen months ago, she was ready to take on more, something she had never thought of doing — cycling.  

In just three weeks of diving into Stryde, a completely new form of workout for her, Caitlin has shown herself and the entire Stryde community just how capable she is to do things that her mind had once limited her to believing she could. Vulnerably, Caitlin shared a piece of her journey with the Stryde community, “Today I cried getting off my Stryde bike. Yes, I cried. Today I was able to do things I never thought I could do and I am so proud. Three months ago I weighed 206 pounds. Three weeks ago I had never even take a cycling class. Today I have lost nearly 25 pounds and set two new records for myself on the bike (58% resistance and 138 cadence.)”

Enthusiastic, determined and strong are three words we would use to describe Caitlin as we’ve watched her fitness journey with Stryde. During one of Caitlin’s most recent rides with instructor, Allissa Benson, Caitlin displayed what it looks like to overcome adversity and she proudly states, “It was coming up to the final sprint and Allissa asked if we had given it all we had yet. I had already hit a cadence PR of 122 earlier in the ride, but I knew I had more in the tank to give. So, I tucked my head, closed my eyes and just ran. When I opened my eyes and looked up, I was at 138! I was even able to hold it there for a bit! I legitimately still can’t believe I made it there!”

The personal records that Caitlin set for herself during the ride only intensified her motivation to continue raising the bar, we call that “cycler’s high”. She may not be where she wants to be yet, but she reminds herself that she isn’t where she once was and that is something to be proud of. It’s a healthy reminder to all of us, no matter where you’re at in your journey, take things one day at a time, one class at a time, one pedal stroke at a time. Allissa said it best in response to Caitlin, “It’s hard. It’s not always pretty, it’s not always riddled with PR’s (although, sometimes it is) and it doesn’t get easier, but with grit, determination and consistency, you get stronger and this is testament to all of that.”