Become a Cyclist

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PROGRAM DATES: Rolling admission. Your program begins the Monday after you register.
BEST FOR: Women interested learning how to get more comfortable +  knowledgeable about cycling.

PREREQS: You do need to know how to ride a bike, but you don’t need to be able to ride it far.
NUMBER OF WEEKS: 8

Riding a bike is fairly simple, but cycling—riding a bike for a workout—can be a little more complex.

Not only do you need to be able to handle your bike capably and use your gears smoothly, you also need to navigate traffic, climb efficiently, descend safely, and give enough effort so you feel like you’ve had a good workout. (And don’t even get us started on changing a flat tire…)

If you’re interested in becoming a more capable cyclist and/or want to integrate cycling into your running routine, Become a Cyclist is the perfect program for you.

Coaches Jennifer Harrison and Elizabeth Waterstraat will be virtually hanging out in the back pocket of your cycling jersey, teaching you all the best tips + tricks they know as well as answering any questions along the way. In addition, your teammates—like-minded women also getting their cycling legs underneath them—will be doing the exact same workouts as as you. In other words, you may be riding solo, but you’re far from alone.

$99.00

The Details

Become a Cyclist, an 8-week program, includes a variety of doable workouts to give you the training, tools, and techniques you need to become a confident, consistent cyclist. You’ll learn to pedal more efficiently, improve your handling skills, get handy at changing a flat, and otherwise become captain of your own two wheels. By the end, you’ll be ready to head out on a 25-mile ride!

PREREQS: You do need to know how to ride a bike, but you don’t need to be able to ride it far.

BIGGEST WEEK OF TRAINING: During Week 7, you’ll ride for five hours total. In addition, you’ll have two cross-training sessions and two optional strength circuits.

LONGEST RIDE DISTANCE: By the end of the program, you will ride 25 miles.

STRENGTH TRAINING INCLUDED? Yep. Each week has optional strength circuits you can do if you’d like.

WEEKLY OVERVIEW: Four rides; two optional strength circuits; two cross-training days; and one rest day.

FIRST WEEK AND PEAK WEEK (explained fully in program):

Jennifer Harrison and Elizabeth Waterstraat—aka Coaches Jen + Liz—oversee the Train Like a Mother Club Heart + Sole, Triathlon, and Become a Cyclist programs. Liz is a USA Triathlon Youth & Junior + Level 2, and RRCA + Lydiard-certified coach, while and Jennifer is a USA Triathlon Level 1 + 2 and RRCA-certified coach.

The dynamic duo has coached all levels of athletes from beginners to elite for more than forty combined years, and they thrive on helping individuals improve their strengths, work on their weaknesses, and outline their goals.

Coaches Jen and Liz will be virtually hanging out in the back pocket of your cycling jersey, teaching you all the best tips + tricks they know as well as answering any questions along the way.

You will have access to direct contact with Coaches Jen + Liz both via our weekly Ask the Coach post in our Facebook group and you can schedule office hour calls as needed. In addition, we pop in via email weekly with a helpful newsletter that provides tips and guidance to help you on your cycling journey.

You’ll also be invited to join a private Become a Cyclist club on Strava, where you can track your trail miles, and a private Become a Cyclist Facebook page, where you’ll quickly find an army of (funny, empathetic, inspiring) #mothercyclist teammates. You’ll share stories of good runs and bad, cheer each other on, and push each other out the door. Momentum comes from teamwork, and these programs roll on some serious #mothercyclist momentum.

We’ll have two live meetings so you can chat directly with Coaches Liz and Jen and your teammates during the program. In addition, we pop in via email weekly with a helpful newsletter and have a weekly Q+A with your coaches on your private Facebook page.

As part of your registration, you will receive a package stocked with training essentials, including a tube of Nuun Sport; two GU Energy items (an Energy Gel and GU Chews); a pair of blister-banishing Wrightsock running socks; a 2-oz. bottle of Sweat X Odor Eliminator spray; a Kate’s Real Food bar; and an AMR sticker for your water bottle or laptop. $32 worth of swag!

(Domestic shipping is FREE for all merchandise and training swag packages. International shipping is not currently available but we invite you to participate in any of our online programs! Just email us at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.)

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Jennifer Harrison and Elizabeth Waterstraat—aka Coaches Jen + Liz—oversee the Train Like a Mother Club Heart + Sole, Triathlon, and Become a Cyclist programs. Liz is a USA Triathlon Youth & Junior + Level 2, and RRCA + Lydiard-certified coach, while and Jennifer is a USA Triathlon Level 1 + 2 and RRCA-certified coach. The dynamic duo has coached all levels of athletes from beginners to elite for more than forty combined years, and they thrive on helping individuals improve their strengths, work on their weaknesses, and outline their goals.

This eight-week program is on rolling admission, which means your program begins the Monday after you register. You will receive an introductory email shortly after you register, and then you will receive your Week 1 newsletter on Sunday. You will begin your program the following day, Monday.

Of course! We designed this program to have unique, engaging events that all levels of runners or run/walkers will enjoy.

August kicks off with the Team Relay. After you register, you’ll fill out a form that indicates if you’d like to run for one hour once
or twice during Team Relay weekend. We’ll put you on teams of six (you’ll start as strangers and end up best virtual running
friends!) and your team will be running virtually for either 6 or 12 hours.

September is all about being Strong +Solo. You can choose between racing a 5K, 10K, or 10 Mile. This is the event that comes
closest to a traditional race.

October is the perfect month to Stack It Up. Over the course of a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, you’ll run three events. Your options
include 1mile, 5K, 10K; a 5K, 10K, 15K (9.3 miles); or a 5K, 10K, 25 K (15.5 miles).

Finally, in November, we’ll all Go Long. A fun challenge, you have plenty of options that can work for your comfort +fitness level:
5K or 5 miles every 4 hours for 8 hours (you’ll cover 10K or 10 miles)
5K or 5 miles every 4 hours for 16 hours (you’ll cover 20K (12.4 miles) or 20 miles)
5K or 5 miles every 4 hours for 24 hours (you’ll cover 30K (18.6 miles) or 30 miles)

You’ll need a bicycle with gears.

Within a week of registration, we will ship out domestic swag packages, including your limited-edition Cyclist tee. Shipping is included in your registration fee.

We are no longer able to ship internationally, including to Canada. That said, we invite all international runners to participate in any of our online programs! Just email us at tlamclub@anothermotherrunner.com and we will help you bypass the shipping at checkout.

Because Become a Cyclist is thoughtfully structured, you’ll be able to follow the program on your own. Print out the program documents and weekly emails;  even if you fall a week behind, you can catch your breath and then jump back in when you’re ready.

We will be unable to issue refunds or do-overs for Become a Cyclist, but if you miss a week, the materials are there for reference and you can access your coach during the program to help you get back on track!

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