Weekend Warrior: Poppy Seelbinder ~ cyclist

AGE: 56

BIRTHPLACE: Cambridge, Mass.

CAREER: Freelance Artist, pretty much retired. My husband and I own our own business.

SPORT: Cycling

FAMILY: Husband: Ike, Son: Woody, Daughter: Carolyn, Cat: Fireball

FIT CLUB: I ride for Stanky Creek Cycling, so I try to participate in the team rides and also some Memphis Hightailers rides and events.

BRAGGING RIGHTS: I ran the MRTC off-road series twice, and I run a few of their road races each year. I ran the St Jude half marathon and the Rock n Roll half in Nashville. I participated in several adventure races over the past two years, which are challenging but fun! The local mountain bikers ride the entire off-road trails in Memphis once a year for 100 miles in a day. I love that ride. I’ve never quite finished, but I managed 80 miles one year!

MOST RECENT WW EVENT: My most recent race was the Stanky Creek 12 Hour, which I rode as part of an all-female team with two of my teammates on SCC.

FAVORITE FITNESS ACCOMPLISHMENT: Losing 60 pounds about four years ago.

I TRAILS: I love getting outside to camp, hike, or explore. I feel happiness every time I get out on my bike or hike or run the trails. I’ve met so many nice people on the trails who I now consider my best friends!

FITNESS MOTIVATION: Weight loss and health. As I get older, I see and feel the health struggles people go through and want to avoid those as long as possible.

PRE & POST RACE RITUALS: Eat healthy food a few days before. Play really loud heavy metal music in the car on the way. Put some beer in a cooler for after.

WW MUST-HAVE’S: My newest mountain bike is an awesome Trek. I love my Garmin 920xt watch for running and adventure races and my Garmin 820 for on my bike. I run in Salomon shoes and Smartwool socks.

BUCKET LIST: I’d like to do a multi-day adventure race, hike Mt. Fitz Roy in Patagonia, and see the Northern Lights.

“I feel happiness every time I get out on my bike or hike or run the trails.”

BEST LOCAL EATS: I love Tsunami, LYFE, and Interim. Local roasted coffee by Relevant Roaster is my beverage choice. High Cotton beer is pretty good too!

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE FAMOUS WHO WOULD CHOOSE: John Muir. I greatly respect his efforts to preserve so many of our national spaces. I wish he were alive today to further protect our natural resources in peril.

IF YOU COULD COME BACK AS AN ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE: A bird. I would love to fly.

WHAT IS SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU: I knit.

ON MY NIGHTSTAND: The Golden Age of Science Fiction. Volume 11. (Yea… I’m weird)

BINGEWATCH: Man in the High Castle

INDULGENCE: Travel and doughnuts.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.” —Finding Dory

Interview by Hailey Thomas. Photo by Sarah McAlexander.

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