This Rider Discovered Positivity with Every Pedal Stroke
etting a gift card for her aunt started ASHLEY PETROSO’s SOUL journey — and 300-plus rides later, she’s never looked back. She opens up about how clipping in put her on the path toward a happier life.
We had no plans that day and decided to sign up for a class later in the afternoon. I had never taken a cycling class before and I did’t think it was my thing. I didn’t want to ride a bike, I didn’t think it would be a good workout and I certainly didn’t think it would challenge me.
The minute we walked into that studio I fell in love with the atmosphere. The staff was so helpful in getting our bikes set up and walking us through the positions. My Aunt and I rode last row all the way in the corner. I remember it so vividly. I didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into. The room was dark, the music was loud, everyone was stretching and chatting away, waiting for the instructor to start.
The class began and I could immediately feel my body loosening up to the rhythm of the music. I wasn’t so concerned about keeping up because I didn’t know what was going on; instead I allowed the words of the instructor to take me through the class and just took in everything going on around me. I was mesmerized by the people in front of me and how in sync they were. I remember saying to myself “I want to get better at this.”
When we left, I remember my aunt and I talking about how much we loved the class and wanted to go back. We started riding every Saturday afternoon at 12:30 PM. We got my mom to join us so it became “our “thing.” We fell in love with Sabine. This beautiful, motivating, woman who changed what cycling meant to me. She became my mentor and my friend. She showed me that I can be a leader and that my voice counts.
At the time, I was unhappy with my job. I was working crazy hours and I had no time to do anything that I loved. I looked forward to those Saturday SoulCycle rides. It brought positivity into my life and it was my escape from everything going on.
• I watched Jera's journey to becoming an instructor evolve. Being in her class makes me feel so proud. She shows her riders that you can do anything you put your heart and soul into. She radiates happiness and positivity in every ride.