This last week on my way to work, “How Far I Go” from Moana playing in my car and my bike strapped to my car in high hopes that the weather would turn from the bleak and dreary drizzle fog combination, to something more cheerful, I began to reflect on my day so far. By 7am I had already made breakfast, washed the puppy who got himself into a mess, the dishes, and planned out my complete night full of cleaning, laundry, and wedding planning.
How did this happen?
As I approach my 27th year, my wedding to my amazing fiancé, and a new role in life I am amazed at how quickly “adulting” has caught up with me. Gone are the nights were I could hang out with friends until the early morning hours, and gone are the days when exercise was a priority, a given. Somehow I have found myself repeating the mantra I so often heard from my parents growing up “I don’t have time for __________” insert anything that would be mentally or physically good for you to be doing other than whatever it is you ought to be doing.
With one hundred and one things to be done and no time to be had, I did the only thing I could do. I got back on my bike.
When I started at Schwinn as a fresh doe-eyed college graduate, time was something that came in abundance, and there was no greater time spent then on my Schwinn. I would bike to work and back every day and still look forward to after work or weekend rides, just me, my bike and, miles to go. My mind would be free to wander, to imagine, to create, and when I got off my bike I felt rejuvenated with that feeling of empowerment that can only be had by being in control of your own path.
Then something changed. In 2015, life didn’t reflect the same simplicity that I had known up to that point. My parents faced divorce and my family I had known for my whole life faced a major change; my fiancé and I decided to move in together, and I got into a minor, all-be it could have been major accident on my bicycle. Things started getting hard. Life started getting real. The fear that grew inside of me from my small accident, combined with an increased weight that comes from living life through the good moments and the bad, started to fuse my feet to the ground. My bike began to sit, and let’s be honest so did I.
That is until now.
The next few months I will be taking you on my journey to get back on the bike. This time, as a “real adult”. I will be talking about pain points, real and imaginary, how to dress for success on the bike, and how to carve out that time that is focused just on you, your bike, and the open road. Follow this journey with my every other Friday for the next two months here on the Schwinn Blog.
Samantha is the Marketing Manager for Schwinn Bicycles and is a 2013 University of Wisconsin alumni. When not immersed in the digital world of marketing and communication for Schwinn Bicycles she can be found, volunteering, practicing yoga, riding bikes, running around her neighborhood, hashing out life’s mysteries with some of her closest friends, or knee deep in one of her many hobbies.
An avid adventure seeker she currently is planning her next backpacking adventure with her fiancé Chris. Samantha has been involved in the Habitat for Humanity chapter for her local community for the past eight years, and has recently started a blog devoted to her love of food and adventure, The Foodie Thymes.