This week we feature Beth Keck! We also have our Plan Your Race Season Meeting this Thursday!
|Time in NW Arkansas||11 years|
|Family||Husband Ken; Daughter Sasha|
|Pets||2 cats: Africa and Asia|
Non Biking Questions:
|What is your day job?||Retired from Walmart where I worked on Women’s Economic Empowerment|
|What is your proudest accomplishment?||Biking 100 miles on the Katy Trail in October just after I retired|
|What is your favorite non-cycling activity?||Reading and Rotary Club|
|What kind of vacations do you take? (bonus: if you had to spend all of your vacations for the rest of your life in the same place, where would you go?)||We like to travel everywhere. We just returned from a trip to Zion, Bryce and Death Valley National Parks where we hiked 5 to 7 miles a day and saw spectacular scenery. We seldom travel to the same destination twice as there is too much of the world yet to see –at least another 100 countries.|
|What is your favorite movie and/or book?||Most recently I enjoyed reading The Goldfinch.|
|What was one of your first jobs?||Assistant to the secretary of the county extension office where I learned to stuff envelopes quickly.|
|If you were guaranteed to be successful in a different profession, what would you want to do?||I’m now an adjust professor and enjoying learning how to best share knowledge with college students.|
|Name something (a product or service) that you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s national spokesperson.||TripAdvisor! I love the reviews; I love writing reviews; and find it helpful when planning trips.|
Biking or GBB Questions:
|What are some of your earliest memories about bikes? Do you remember your first bike?||My first bike was a second hand bike which my dad spray painted gold to freshen it up. After college one of my first purchases was a bright blue Schwinn road bike.|
|Why is riding with GBB important to you?||Riding with GBB challenges me to go further and faster. Left on my own I’d still be poking along.|
|What brought you to the sport of cycling? Do you have a road bike or mountain bike? (or both?)||I’ve always loved cycling – the freedom it brings. When paths started popping up in Bentonville I was back biking. I now try to use my cruiser for my everyday errands including riding downtown to shop, eat, go to church or piano lessons|
|What is your favorite bike route? Why?||I lobbied for the multi-use path in front of Peel Mansion and was thrilled when it was built as it made biking and walking to Walmart possible. I like the North Bentonville Trail with the loop around Lake Bella Vista, into Blowing Springs and home up the Crystal Bridges Trail. That’s my go to ride|
|If you could ride ANYWHERE in the world, where?||I’ve heard there is great biking in France and Ireland. We lived in Beijing for a number of years and so we already have China biking under our belt.|
|What advice do you give to women who are new to riding a bike? Or thinking of starting?||Just try biking. Come to our Thursday GBB ride and join town ride.|
|What is your biggest cycling goal?||To use my bike for as much as my daily transportation as possible.|
|What cycling accomplishment are you most proud of?||Riding 100 miles on the Katy Trail in October. It gave me a lot of confidence to know I can travel 40 miles a day.|
Ride Safe and Have Fun!
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