How to Cure Your Post-Pelotonia Blues
Is your bike ensconced in your garage or basement, covered in cobwebs?
Do you see arrows everywhere you go, even when they’re not there?
Do you crave PB&J, grapes and light-blue liquids?
If any of the above applies to you, there’s a good chance you have a case of the Post-Pelotonia Blues.
Don’t fret, this is quite common (thousands of people recently came down with it) and easily treatable. This was my 8th Pelotonia ride, so I’m a bit of an expert in dealing with the feelings that seem to pop up after such a big weekend. Here’s my prescription…
Go for a ride. Dust the cobwebs off your bike, put on your Pelotonia jersey (any year will do) or your Peloton’s jersey (any year will do) and go for a ride. The endorphins you’ll release will make your body smile. Plus, the odds are you’ll see other Pelotonia people out on the trails and roads. Wave and smile, talk about Pelotonia.
Say thank you. It’s Thank You Note season. Send them to all your donors, thanking them for their support and generosity. Pelotonia offers a branded version you can purchase here.
Raise a little more. Speaking of your donors, there’s still plenty of time to fundraise. I sent out a post-Pelotonia email to all my Pelotonia people. I described the highlights of my ride, some of the people I met along the way and a friend I rode in memory of. I also let everyone know I still have a little fundraising work to do, and included the link to my fundraising page. I got four donations in the next two days. So, after you finish reading this post … get to work, and raise some more money.
Take a look back through photos. You took a bunch, right? So, take a look at them, do some editing, social-media posting and reliving. Don’t forget to use #Pelotonia16 when posting your photos. Bonus: Click here to see all of the Instagram photos from the entire Pelotonia community that used the official event hashtag.
Keep counting. How much will we raise this year? Ah, the anticipation of the final tally helps ward off any post-Pelotonia sads. The answer to this all-important question will come at the big Check Presentation Celebration. I’ve got a feeling that we won’t want to miss this one. Not only do we get to celebrate the grand total raised, but it’s also a chance to hang with our best Pelotonia pals. More info, date and details about this annual bash will be coming from Pelotonia HQ soon.
Cross train. On the Wednesday after Pelotonia, I went to the gym. For the first time in months. I mean, come on, why go to the gym when you can go for a ride? But you need more than cycling to be in tip-top shape. Now that Pelotonia is over, it’s time to add some cross training: yoga, swimming, running, even a little weight training. Year-round exercise is important, according to Denis Guttridge, one of the top docs at the James: “If you smoke and you don’t exercise and don’t eat well, you do a lot of damage to your immune system.” Pelotonia is all about encouraging a year-round, healthy lifestyle to reduce cancer rates.
Read this blog. This is just one of the many stories on the blog. Keep clicking through to read more about the cutting-edge research that Pelotonia funds and the wonderful people who make this community what it is. Reading about the great things this money is doing is good for the soul. While you’re flipping through some of the stories, consider sharing some of them with your donors too.
Start planning. Now is the time to start thinking about and planning for Pelotonia 17. Maybe a big fundraiser or recruitment event is in your future? Depending on what you have in mind, you may need to get started with your planning efforts sooner than later.
Pelotonia 17: It’s only a few short months until registration for Pelotonia 17 opens. And, a big dose of Pelotonia 17 excitement is the best medicine to beat those pesky post-Pelotonia 16 blues.
Steve Wartenberg is a journalist, cyclist and longtime Pelotonia Rider. Steve is one of just a handful who have pedalled every mile of every Pelotonia. This year he is going above and beyond his fundraising efforts as a High Roller! firstname.lastname@example.org.