A Note From Ally

I was asked to write a blog about what CREW meant to me and I started (and deleted) about 20 different introductions before I decided that it would be best to begin with what cycling has meant to me. So, in the immortal words of Julie Andrews as Fraulein Maria, let's start at the very beginning; a very good place to start. 

I stumbled upon cycling in 2014. Realistically, it was less of a "stumble" and more like "Kristen and Kara dragged me kicking and screaming on a Wednesday afternoon". To be honest, the only reason I went was for the post-ride burgers & shakes (protein!) from Shake Shack that I was promised. Whatever the reason for going, that ride changed my life. Some backstory for those of you who didn't know me at the time, I was a mess; anxiety-ridden, so unhealthy and extremely unhappy. I was so out of shape that I remember thinking on the way to that first ride, "If I can just get through this class without puking or passing out, I will be so proud of myself". The bar was set pretty low. After 45 intense minutes of sprints and jumps and tap backs I was left feeling, more than anything, confused. As I climbed that final hill, so proud that I had made it, terrified that my legs would give out on me and feeling a little bit lighter inside with the release of years of built up tension, I realized that tears were streaming down my face and I couldn't figure out why. That ride pushed me so far outside of my comfort zone physically, mentally and surprisingly enough, emotionally. It was liberating. After just one class, I registered to become a certified instructor. It was such a life-changing moment and a huge gift; I hope I pass even just a morsel of that feeling on to my riders with each class. 

But I digress...

There are few words that properly describe what CREW means to me. There is no adjective strong enough, no connotation positive enough to describe the feeling that I have each day I step through that door at 1211 Osgood Street. All I can say is that my heart is full. It's been a little over a year since we've opened our doors and I have yet to lose that feeling of giddiness each time I pull into the parking lot for class. I am constantly overwhelmed by the amount of love and affection that our instructors and CREW members have for each other. My heart swells with pride each time I look on social media and see our CREW community, people who had been strangers until they came together in candlelit classrooms, cheering each other on through whatever struggles or triumphs life has thrown their way. I can (and sometimes do) cry just feeling the breathtaking amount of positive energy this group of people has brought into my life. You are amazing and I thank the universe every day for blessing my life with such amazing souls. 
 

I could go on for days, but I will leave you with this. From the amazing staff I get to work (and group text) with to every single client that takes some time out of their day for CREW, I love you all. Every 4am alarm is easier because of you. Every failure is less painful and victory sweeter because of you. Each day is more fun because you (and glowstick theme rides). So thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your time, your heart and your energy with me. I can't wait to see where we go from here...