FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
RM: My name is Robin Marion
FFFC: How and why did you get started riding?
RM: I started riding for cross training and a way to give me a break from the pavement pounding of running. I started riding on trails with my husband who is an avid biker.
FFFC: Which type of bike(s) do you prefer to ride?
RM: I prefer road bikes although we both have mountain bikes as well. We started out with mountain bikes and upgraded to road bikes.
FFFC: What do you like most about riding?
RM: It’s easy. I like the way it feels and I love the scenery. I don’t tend to focus on the ride in terms of how it feels as much as I do a run. It’s more relaxing for me.
FFFC: What is the furthest distance or longest time you have ridden?
RM: The furthest distance I have done is 40 miles during the Air Force Cycling Challenge. My first long ride. Since I started cycling.
FFFC: Do you belong to a riding group? Shout’em out right here.
RM: Black Women Bike, DC
FFFC: What do you do to stay in riding shape (exercise, nutrition, etc.)?
RM: To stay in shape, I do a variety of things: Run, lift weights, cycle, yoga, and love dancing as well.
FFFC: What was the biggest challenge when you started riding or still is even now?
RM: Not enough saddle time. I have a very hectic schedule and am busy pretty much all day. I don’t get to get on my bike as much as I would like and as with anything, you only get better with practice.
FFFC: Do you have any upcoming races or rides planned? Share the event details here.
RM: I don’t have any upcoming races scheduled as of now due to my hectic training for 3 marathons. I may do a sprint tri in Nov but not fully committed yet.
FFFC: Who helped you as you learned the ropes of riding?
RM: My husband helped me as well as other friends. I watched a lot of videos and did a riding clinic. I was already familiar with riding but there is a difference going from a mountain bike to a road bike in my opinion.
FFFC: Any advice for someone interested in starting to ride?
RM: Get a good bike. It doesn’t have to cost you a house payment. Take a cycling clinic and get out there and ride. Being comfortable with being on a bike is the first step.
FFFC: What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
RM: Completing the Air Force Cycling Challenge and the Reston Half Metric Ride which was on the road with traffic.
FFFC: Who are some of your riding idols (Male or female we don’t discriminate)?
RM: Can’t say I have one as of yet.
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