LIFEcycle’s 10th and final Ride ‘Round Rhody, an annual nonprofit bike ride in support of local cancer treatment, takes place July 29.
Curious to discover what drives their riders, LIFEcycle sat down with first time RRRider and CEO/ Founder of bnourished, Katie McDonald.
McDonald considers herself a novice, and recently began her cycling journey with her first race last year. As a new rider, she decided to join Ride ‘Round Rhody with the goal of crossing a finish line.
“So much of what I do as a mom and as an entrepreneur is cyclical and circular,” McDonald said. “I realized in my life I wanted to cross a finish line. I wanted to see what it was like to challenge myself with something that felt aspirational, and then to plan for it, achieve it and decide what’s next.”
McDonald chose to challenge herself with the 40-mile route and is excited at the idea of making a difference in her own life as well as others.
“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to do good for myself and also do good for the community, to address an issue that is haunting our culture, cancer, and be able to be proactive,” McDonald said.
She believes in the mental benefits of cycling as well as the physical. Since she began biking last year, McDonald has learned to shake off her limiting beliefs in her abilities in things like climbing a hill. She said this mental breakthrough has been transformational and now uses it to overcome all her hesitations in day-to-day life.
McDonald’s company, bnourished, seeks to help “anyone who aspires to a better life,” and shares LIFEcycle’s vision of using active, healthy living to combat disease. As a self-care strategist, she teaches her clients that what we eat, how we think and where we invest our time all contribute to our mental and physical well-being and stresses the importance of self-care.
“Self-care isn’t the obstacle, self-care is the vehicle for all the things that we want to accomplish in our lives,” McDonald said. “If you’re on the cusp, but you feel like you need a bit of a change, you need a little push, sign up! Just sign up, and then figure out how you’re going to do it.
She said she signed up for Ride ‘Round Rhody before she could talk herself out of it and would suggest to anyone on the fence about signing up for RRR, or rides like it, to jump in, accept the challenge and figure out the how afterward.
“If you’re playing small in any area of your life, here’s a perfect opportunity to play big,” McDonald said.