Rider spotlight: Caroline
At Rocycle we’re all about Mind Body Music, but, just as important is the fact that we’re a family. So, to make sure each class is not just a party but a reunion, we’d like to introduce some of our Ro’Regulars. We got to chat with Caroline Saleh about taking care of yourself as well as others and about how riding to the beat can help you keep on pedalling.
Hi Caroline! Would you be able to tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello Ro’fam, my name is Caroline; I’m 25 years old and working as a resident in a hospital near Amsterdam. I was born and raised on Curacao, a tiny island in the Caribbean (formerly known as part of the Netherlands Antilles). I moved to Amsterdam to study medicine, which I successfully completed a year ago.
That’s quite a big move. How did you come to Rocycle?
I came to know Rocycle through Social media I think. Rocycle was advertising for their sunset ride on the ADAM tower, which got my attention immediately. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it, but I decided to go for a normal ride. I was blown away by the workout intensity whilst still having the best time ever. Who would think a workout could be so effective and fun at the same time? I was hooked.
It’s the best combination. Do you find this with any other types of exercise?
Recently I’ve started with HIIT at High45, just to have a little variation in workouts, even though I think that all the rides at Rocycle are different, slightly training your body differently every time.
And how about nutrition? Do you think that’s important in a healthy lifestyle?
Nutrition is, of course, very important. However, working as a doctor, I frequently forget to take care of myself, as I’m very busy taking care of others. I do always have a protein bar and a couple of fruity snacks with me. What I enjoy most after a workout is fresh coconuts water.
And when you’re not sneaking bites of a protein bar, what is your favourite healthy haunt in Amsterdam?
My favourite healthy spot is Coffee & Coconuts.
Such a great spot! Music is obviously something at the heart of Rocycle; do you think it’s an important motivator?
I think music is a very important motivator for exercise. When you have your favourite song on, running just a little bit faster or biking just a little harder is way easier. Also, the beat is a handy way to keep yourself going.
Ok, last question: what does Rocycle mean to you?
Rocycle means fun, means motivation, means feeling better about myself, means getting the feeling I can handle the world again.