What I learned along the way
Words by Jenny Hadfield
Jenny Hadfield is a best-selling author, speaker, coach, and health and fitness expert. She has competed in running and adventure races around the world, including the Antarctica Marathon, Inca Trail Marathon and Mark Burnett’s Eco-Challenge Expedition Race. In a career spanning more than 20 years in coaching and writing, Jenny has influenced thousands of runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts.
The first time I saw an e-bike, I wasn’t impressed. I was being passed on a gravel ride, and the word 'cheat' came to mind. After the ride, I connected with the e-bike rider. He shared his tales of exploring the Rocky Mountains and riding 50-mile routes to places he would have never been able to reach without the extra assistance. His adventure changed my thought process, and I left the conversation with a newly found inspiration to give an e-bike a try. I challenged myself to ride an e-bike for a month in lieu of driving my car to see if I could save money on fuel, use a different mode to run errands and increase my non-exercise activity.