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My Echelon/Pelaton Journey

At the start of the year, my husband and I were looking for no excuses for skipping our time at the gym. We wanted to find a way to ensure our daily workouts happened without the weather or kids’ schedules keeping us from taking care of our own bodies. At an after-Christmas sale we decided to invest in an Echelon Connect Sport bike.

We were drawn to the sleek design and the compatibility to use alongside other apps or programs. This bike had most of the features of the popular Pelaton bikes, but was a fraction of the cost. A couple thousand dollars for a stationary bike just didn’t fit into our travel-centric family budget so Echelon met all of our needs while also fitting into the financial boundaries we built around our family’s goals.

The bike now sits in our bedroom right next to the bed. To prevent damage to our new bedroom carpet we also purchased workout flooring on Amazon. My husband chose to place the bike in our room because there is truly NO EXCUSE not to hop on every day. Even twenty minutes of solid riding can burn a couple hundred calories.

Echelon has their own app with workouts, but it is more expensive than the popular Pelaton App. (They are running a special right now for two months of free app membership.)

I highly recommend. (No, I’m not getting paid for saying that!)

The Echelon bike is built in such a similar fashion as the Pelaton that we are able to complete the app’s workouts while riding our bike. The only thing we are unable to do without the Pelaton bike is join the Leaderboards. Otherwise, we are able to place the workouts on our devices (television, phone, or iPad) and go!

I track my rides using Strava. This is the app I use for my outdoor rides and other workouts too because it tracks my progress and is a digital workout journal. If you use Strava, add me!

I have done ten rides now and I wanted to share my Echelon/Pelaton beginner update:

Rides: 10 since January 10, 2022

Miles: 61 miles

Longest Ride: 8.09 miles/30:52

Time on bike: 4 hours

Favorite ride: 20 minute Groove Ride (Cody Rigsby choreography ride)

Favorite instructor: Cody Rigsby

I would love to hear from other Echelon or Pelaton riders. Also, I am looking to build my Strava community to help encourage me to be accountable for my rides to someone other than just myself.

One more thing, if you have used the Pelaton app, what is your favorite ride? I am really looking for some challenging, fun, and motivational rides.

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Anniversary Bliss

The first week of June is always full of such bliss in our household. On June 4, my husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary. June 6 is my mother’s birthday which we always commemorate with a mother-daughter lunch. And my birthday is today, June 7. (I’m 26!!!)

We are busy packing and preparing for our Chicago trip today because we leave first thing tomorrow. At some point between weighing suitcases and checking off the last things from our to-do list we will also be venturing out to the Columbus Zoo for a couple of hours. The zoo has become one of our family birthday traditions. I’m really excited to make some memories at the best zoo in the country today!

As excited as I am for my birthday festivities I’m still living in shadows of my anniversary weekend. It was so much fun!

June 4, 2016 was our fifth anniversary. My husband planned an entire day filled with some of our favorite things as well as some new activities. My parents watched our daughter for the whole day which freed my husband and I up to do some pretty awesome things.

First off, we drove to Columbus. For a really long time we’ve been saying that we would love to rent a bike and ride the Scioto Mile Trail which runs parallel to the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. We ended up riding close to four miles. This was so scenic and refreshing. It was also a blast!

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Our next stop was a Barnes and Noble on the Ohio State University campus. We had a leisurely walk about the books. It’s been a while since we have had the ability to check out adult books in a bookstore without a toddler screaming to look at the kids books or play at the train table in the back.

Then we were off to dinner. We chose The Cheesecake Factory at Easton. It was delish!

Lastly, and most excitingly we participated in our first Wine and Canvas event. At Wine and Canvas professional artists walk you step-by-step through the painting process. Everyone is working on the same picture and there is a steady supply of “liquid courage” as they call it. This was so much fun and I was really pleased with the way that both of our canvases turned out.

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It was so nice to enjoy a night out on the town with my husband doing things that we rarely get an opportunity to participate in with a child. I feel so lucky and blessed to have been married to such a great guy. And in less than 24 hours we kick off our Great Traveling Adventures of 2016!

I hope everyone else is having a great start to June!

The Ameri Brit Mom