Weekend Warrior Profile: Leslie Thomas

Leslie, a single mother of two still finds the time to participate and compete in her favorite hobby.

Posted: May. 13, 2019 12:02 AM
Updated: May. 13, 2019 12:02 AM

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are up next... and just in time for mother's day -- the k-e-z-i sports crew is rolling out a new segment for our weekend newscast. k-e-z-i sports producer ronald clark has our first installment of a weekend warrior... nats bike "about 7 months after watching a friend compete in a triathlon ...leslie thomas bought a bike of her own... and she's been cycling towards her goals ever since. "for me it's the challenge of being able to accomplish a certain distance. so i started off really what i thought was a moderate distance. so like 20 miles, and then from there i would try to go like 30 miles, then 40 miles. and then i just kept pushing myself. i want to do more. once i could do the distance, i wanted to be able to do it faster each time. so then that's what started pushing me. now i want to go for speed, it's not just endurance. now i want, i want to be able to be with the fast group." that's when leslie joined a bike club, which later became known as eugene velo... and along with it -- came many rides through the ribbon. "sometimes when i finish the first thought is, am i going to throw up? but most the time it's like this natural high that i have." <nats bike "like any pain that i felt is gone after i cross the finish line. it's like i've done this." bridge: but it isn't all about crossing the finish line for leslie. this weekend, during the mohawk metric century in armitage park, she didn't cross the line on her bike, due to cramping. she tells me there's another feeling inside of her that fuels this passion. "to me, it means freedom. there's definitely a feeling of freedom when you're on the bike. you're away from, it's a stress reliever. it's a way to feel more connected to nature. i can't think of a better way for me to experience lane county and the beautiful parks we have and the river fronts we have. roads that maybe most of us only drive on a car, we can see on a bike. and you see things that you won't notice when you're in your car." "so over the years you've suffered, you know many injuries. some from the sport, some not from the sport why is it important for you to get back up on the back? the biggest reason it's important for me to get back to the bike is that my children expect me to be back out there and they encourage me to be back out there. a lot of times my kids are my motivation because, i want them to be able to see that even though i have a full time job, sometimes it requires me to work almost 50 hours a week. but i want them to see that i make time for me. i make time to take care of myself. and i want them to see that their mom lives a healthy lifestyle and i'm hoping that through what i do as a cyclist or other you know athletic endeavors that i have that they're going to be motivated to do the same as they grow up." her daughter is graduating high school this year and will be attedning the university of oregon in the fall... her son? ....he'll be turning 13 and starting the 8th grade. and just like their mother on her bike -- she hopes they too will be riding towards their goals. reporting in eugene, ronald clark, kezi
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