For magazine editor and #FLYLoyalist Meaghan Murphy, a ride is so much more than a stellar workout. Here, she tells us why crack-of-dawn tap backs are her jam.
It’s 5:03 AM. I wake up like clockwork without an actual clock. It’s as if my body sounded some internal alarm: “This is your time! Own it! Get your butt out of bed!” And I do! I slip into spandex and out the door ready to #RiseAndFly in Millburn, on bike 13, always on the TorqBoard, with rock star Flywheel instructor Candee McAloon. (Side note: She’s a breast cancer survivor who taught through chemo! Try quitting on yourself during a sprint with that kind of strength staring you in the face.)
These dawn patrol workouts started out of necessity. I’ve got three kids ages 5, 3, and 2, a full-time gig as the Executive Editor of Good Housekeeping, and a commute to the city. I found the best/only way to fit in fitness was to squeeze it in before anyone A) was awake and B) needed anything from me. By accident, I joined the ultimate breakfast club of time-crunched, hardworking, inspiring women who also happen to credit exercise for their sanity. (Yes, I am a nicer person, better wife, more patient mom, and a kinder boss, because I sweat.)
My Flywheel friends have become some of my closest friends. We keep each other accountable (where were you on Tuesday?!), encourage each other (put your name on the TorqBoard!), compete with each other (#300Club!), console each other (we all have our “off” days), compliment each other (your butt totally looks tighter!), share new healthy snack discoveries (Quest Mint Chocolate Chunk Bars, anyone?), help each other spend money (we all had to have matching Chase Infinite SWEAT tanks that give back to charity!). Of course, we also weigh in and support each other on everything from our kids’ growing pains to deeper emotional struggles. (With the caveat that, at some point, they will all likely wind up in a Good Housekeeping story! See Candee’s profile in the September issue.)
Our pre-sunrise sessions have become a way for me to socialize and feel connected to other women and the community without taking time away from my family— something that’s not always easy to do as a working mom. I think of my rides as “moms’ morning out” vs. “moms’ night out”. And it turns out 5:00 AM is way easier to schedule and stick to than dinner and drinks — meetings don’t run late, trains aren’t delayed, and nobody needs help with homework! Plus, there’s the Flywheel app to help me seamlessly book classes. Bottom line, there’s no one I’d rather start the day with than this group of women. #SoFLY #Grateful
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