The Rider Side: Off The Bike with Adam Myerson
Ritchey and KindHuman Bicycles have sponsored venerable fan favorite Adam Myerson for the past 5 years. We've gotten to know Adam as a professional athlete, advisor, and a friend. In an effort to know more about Adam, this is an excerpt from a week-long segment we're calling Off The Bike.
Ritchey Logic and have sponsored venerable fan favorite for the past 5 years. We all know his accolades on the bike as a retired professional, National Champion, Pan-Am Champion, USA Cycling At-Large 'Cross Committee member, and on top of that, the founder of. We've gotten to know Adam as an athlete, advisor, and a friend and want to dedicate this week to getting to know more about Adam in a week-long segment we're calling Off The Bike.
RD&KH: What is the most enjoyable aspect of riding or racing a bike for you?
ADAM: I still love the process of systematic training and having daily goals, as well as seeing long term progress. If I didn’t race, I would still train. Racing is the place I get to practice perfection and execute small movements and good tactics and rip turns. The middle of a pack is also sometimes the only time I get to be alone.
RD&KH: How does riding effect your mental health and well-being?
ADAM: When I first retired and took over when my wife’s maternity leave ended as the work-from-home dad of a 3-month old, I thought it was best to take an indefinite break from training and be completely focused on parenting. I learned very quickly that without my daily dose of exercise, regardless of whether bike racing is my job, I’m not a very good person or able to manage every day stress. Exercise is medicine, and riding a bike outside in the sun is the best medicine I’ve found.
RD&KH: How has riding strengthened your community, or sense of belonging?
ADAM: I’ve always been a strong advocate for the importance of your “chosen family.” All my best friends, closest relationships, best times, and wildest experiences have happened in some way as a result of bike racing. I’m lucky to have found my passion and made it my profession, so it’s literally my whole life.
RD&KH: Now that you're a father, what are some lessons that cycling and riding has taught you that you hope to instill in your child?
ADAM: I struggled for a while trying to find the balance between how much I needed to ride and race, how much I needed to be present for parenting, and how much those things could overlap. I learned that if I was capable of 3 intervals before parenthood, I need to stop at 2 now, even if I feel good, if I want to have energy for parenting once Flynn was home from daycare. And that while sometimes I feel terrible going out the door to ride or race if I’m leaving him at home, it’s important to model passion for your children. They should see you pursing things, and see your partner support you in that. It’s important to reciprocate that support for your partner, too, which isn’t always easy. You have to always look for places to do it.
RD&KH: If there's one thing that you've taken from cycling that you wish that all humans on this planet could have/feel/utilize in their daily life - what would it be?
ADAM: For me it was bike racing, but it could be anything. Passion, persistence, patience, perseverance. I pursued bike racing with those four things as the main qualities, and it carries over to anything and everything you set your mind to. Bike racing in particular has been the literal and metaphorical vehicle for change in my life. It got me out of where I’m from and halfway around the world, but also given me the joy of just being leaned all the way over in a corner at 35 MPH that’s hard to replicate.