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Featured Athlete: Susan Keys

Susan Keys has always loved riding her bike, but never thought of herself as a cyclist, much less an athlete. Then she moved to Bend. Since that fateful day in 2008, cycling has taken on a whole new meaning for her and we at Bowen Sports Performance have been honored to join her in that journey.

For most of Susan’s life, riding in her previous home of Washington, DC, cycling hardly even meant more than a 40 minute jaunt. Occasionally, she would get out for a 20 mile ride, which she then considered a major undertaking and accomplishment. But moving to Bend changed her whole perspective on cycling. Once she connected with Bowen Sports Performance, she actually began to think of herself as an athlete.

One of Susan’s initial and more significant challenges was hill climbing and she quickly realized she needed to shed some pounds to excel in this realm. Susan dropped about 40 pounds altogether, and soon realized she needed to update her equipment with a bike that fit her properly.

Over the past few years, it’s been our pleasure to work with Susan on the many different aspects of perfecting her experience in this sport. And, ultimately, in embracing her inner athlete. From proper nutrition (both on and off the bike) to participating in the occasional race, Susan has come a long way in a short time. She has developed skills in bike handling and expanded her horizons to include mountain biking. During the cold months, Susan joins us here in the studio 2-3 times per week for indoor cycling classes. She attends at least 3 of our cycling camps per season. She has gained confidence and had a ton of fun in the process. Susan loves the fact that as she has journied through her early 60s, the idea of it being “too late” for her to learn all the new skills she now possesses was never a concern. At present, Susan is enjoying some private mountain bike instruction with BSP coach Cody Peterson.