FFFC Women Who Ride Series – Robin Marion


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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4 Replies to "FFFC Women Who Ride Series - Robin Marion"

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    cindy b October 18, 2013 (2:43 pm)

    I wish I was that fit! Loved reading the interview questions! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      DSTPRL October 18, 2013 (2:44 pm)

      Thank you for stopping by. Robin is a big inspiration.

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      DSTPRL October 18, 2013 (5:43 pm)

      Thank you for coming on by and visiting us. Don’t be a stranger ya here? 🙂

  • scott December 23, 2013 (1:52 am)


    good info!