Thanksgiving Recipe That Won't Hurt Your Waistline...

Happy Thanksgiving riders! It's that time of year when we get to prepare and eat our favorite “I only eat this once a year” food! We have a recipe that tastes amazing and will not hurt your waistline. Gluten Free Cauliflower stuffing...WOW! your guests with this quick and easy recipe below...

                                                                   Cauliflower Stuffing

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4 tbsp. butter
1 onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped or thinly sliced
1 small head cauliflower, chopped
1 c. chopped mushrooms
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 c. Freshly Chopped Parsley
2 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage or 1 tsp. ground sage
1/2 c. vegetable or chicken broth

-In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion, carrot, and celery then sauté until soft, 7 to 8 minutes.
-Add cauliflower and mushrooms to the pan then season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, 5 to 10 minutes more.
-Add parsley, rosemary, and sage then stir until combined. Pour over vegetable broth and cover with a lid. Cover until totally tender and liquid is absorbed, 15 minutes.

                                  Happy Thanksgiving Riders!! We are Thankful for all of you!!

Cycle & Raise Awareness For The National Blood Clot Alliance...

One of our dedicated clients will be hosting a charity ride here at Prime Cycle! On December 3rd we will be raising money for The National Blood Clot Alliance, check out her story below and how you can help.

My name is Kerri Quinn. 5 years ago my life changed. I just turned 28 and by all accounts I was normal athletic healthy person who worked, went to grad school, exercised regularly, hung out with my friends, played kickball for fun and everything was going great!

During a kickball game, I kicked a double, YEY! As I ran the bases it felt like my heart was coming out of my chest.  I chalked it up as being out of shape. The next day, I had trouble breathing as I walked to the path station and headed to work. I felt dizzy and by the time I got to my desk the pain in my chest was unbearable. My boss came over and noticed that I was in distress. I saw the company nurse who told me to go see my doctor.  I saw my doctor that same day.  My doctor gave me muscle relaxers and said it might just be a pulled muscle, but said if the chest pains persisted then I should go to the ER. 

 The very next day, I was in my apartment alone and could barely talk to my mom over the phone.  I was gasping for air.  I told her I was fine and luckily she refused to accept my stubbornness and took me to the ER.  (Thanks MOM) 

Immediately I was given a bed and an IV, once the tests results came back I was rushed to Intensive Care Unit ICU because I had multiple blood clots in my lungs.  Blood clots in the lungs are known as a Pulmonary embolism (PE).

According to the Center of Disease Control :
Sudden death is the first symptom in about 25% of people who have a PE.
Up to 30 percent of people will die within one month of being diagnose with PE.
Aprox 900,000 people per year in US are affected by PE/DVT
60,000-100,000 Americans die of PE/DVT each year
I had to fight back tears because at 28 years old I had to face my own mortality. Luckily I was surrounded by a strong team friends and family.  I learned about risk factors but I am now dedicated to creating awareness.  It is so important that people learn what the symptoms of PE are so that they can be treated immediately. WE CAN SAVE LIVES!

I am hoping to raise awareness about blood clots and the signs you should look out for: 
-Shortness of breathe
-Rapid heart beat
-Sharp chest pain
-Lightheadedness, fainting

Come help raise awareness for The National Blood Clot Alliance with Kerri here at Prime Cycle on December 3rd at 12! Sign up to cycle for $40 a person, all proceeds go to the NBCA. There will be prizes and raffles giving out after the ride, including ANJ braclets made by Megan Kirkum, free Prime Cycle ride, VIP Wendy William Tickets & SirReal Fashion T-Shirts. Sign up on our website or call the studio to be added in the class!
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You can also donate on Kerri's fundraising page!

Movember. Changing the Face Of Men's Health...

It's November riders and you might start noticing a lot more facial hair on our men. Its called Movember, an annual event involving the growing of mustache during the whole month of November to raise awareness about mens health. Encouraging men all around the world to get involved, Check out below how The Movember Foundation is changing the face of mens health...

 The Movember Foundation has operated since 2003 with the vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men's health. They have focused on four main areas that affect mens health: Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity. Millions of men around the world are living with prostate cancer. The Movember Foundations ultimate goal is to reach a day where no man dies of this disease.

 The Movember Foundation invests in innovative projects to advance new personalized tests and treatments so that in the future, every man will have access to the best possible treatment tailored to their genes, environment and lifestyle. In 13 years they have funded more than 1,200 men's health projects around the world.

If you're interested in joining millions of other men world wide taking part in Movember, you must follow all the rules below:

1. Once registered at each Mo Bro must begin the 1st of the month with       a clean shaven face.
2. For the entire month of November each Mo Bro must grow and groom a mustache 
3. Do not fake it. No beards. No Goatees
4. Use the Power of the mustache to create conversations about men's health and to 
     raise funds prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
5. Each Mo must conduct himself like a true gentleman

Now we all know its not easy for some of us to grow a mustache for this great cause, so here at Prime Cycle on November 19 & 20th we will be hosting Movember at Prime! We will supply the "mustaches" just post a selfie and hashtag #MovemberAtPrime. Prime Cycle will donate $5 for every selfie towards The Movember Foundation. 

{{With the support of millions of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas from all over the world, Movember is working towards its vision: to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.}}

Instructor Spotlight...Meet Caitlin F!

Caitlin hails from Blairstown, NJ as a former Division 1 and Professional Basketball player. Now a highly sought after personal trainer & pilates instructor, Caitlin loves to challenge her riders to channel their inner athlete and have fun pushing past their limits. You can expect a fast-paced rhythm ride with a whole lot of sweating. She is a firm believer that the attitude you have on the bike is the attitude you take off. Check out below how Caitlin went from Pro Basketball player to one of our Prime Cycle instructors.


What made you want to become a spin instructor?
I started spinning as a way to keep my cardio up without the crazy impact running gives you. I had a couple instructors who were completely badass & pushed me outside my comfort zones. They convinced me that I had the edge to become an instructor. So I took the plunge & haven't looked back since. Indoor Cycling has completely changed my life, it feels so good to give back that feeling to other people.

Tell us a little about your basketball career!
Playing D1 & professional basketball was a dream come true, the experience was like none other. I am still so grateful for the opportunity, education & getting paid to travel the world and play your sport?! What's not to love!! BUT it took a lot of hard work, hours of sweat perfecting my craft, having to miss a lot of college parties & life events. I learned how to manage my time very quickly.

After my senior season, I was lucky enough to get an agent when I came out of college. He helped to place me on a team in England where I played for three seasons: 1 season in Manchester & two season in Nottingham.

What do you love about being an instructor here at Prime cycle?
-I love teaching at PrimeCycle because of the high energy atmosphere & of course, the wonderful community. I've only taught a few classes so far and I already feel at home. :)

How's your training going for the NYC Marathon? 
Unfortunately, I have stepped out of running this year's NYC Marathon. I am currently dealing with bursitis from running in both hips so my doctor and I feel it would be best to rehab and give it a go next year. A couple years ago, I would've tried to push through it and run. But I'm more in tune with what my body needs and I feel it's more important to keep my body healthy!!

What is your go to pre & post workout snack?
My go to pre workout is a usually a cup of coffee with a piece of ezekiel bread, almond butter & a banana! Little Carb + little protein + little fat = happy Caitlin..
Post workouts are always more substantial, I make sure to get plenty of protein & carbs back in my system for optimal recovery. It's usually a big kale salad with baked chicken, beets, cucumbers, pumpkin seeds & crumbled goat cheese.

What will you always find in your gym bag?
 I ALWAYS have lip balm, extra socks, Kind bars, phone charger, non-aluminum deodorant, & face wash.

What's one thing you want to check off your bucket list?

Do you have a Favorite movie or TV show?
Favorite movie: Pretty Woman (love me some Julia Roberts)
Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy, Shameless & House of Cards

What do you enjoy doing on your down time?
I really have got into cooking lately, you can find me in the kitchen whippin' up batches of bone broth and other healthy goodies!!

A fun fact about yourself you would like to share...
I am a crazy puppy mom!! I have a 3-year old rescue pup, Ruby, who I absolutely adore :) Find us at the park running around like maniacs lol