Who raised the bar in May? Nancy Drinan!

As an active member of our #HBFam, Nancy inspires so many riders with your kindness, passion for riding and her smile. She truly epitomizes the Handle Bar spirit, community and is a staple in the Southie studio. Everyday (yes everyday!), Nancy comes in with such a brilliant smile and great attitude, you just know she Nancy is truly happy to be in the studio. We are just so happy to award you Rider of the Month! Congrats Nancy!

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Nancy in her element at the Handle Bar in South Boston.

1. Everyone has their own unique fitness journey. What has your journey been like with spinning?

I began spinning about 15 years ago when it was still are relatively new fitness activity.  Actually, I was not much attracted to it, but I was “forced” into the studio because we had a lost a few our aerobics teachers at the same facility and I was tired of dealing with cancellations.  The first time I sat in the saddle, I knew it was for me.  I never looked back and have been spinning nearly every day since then.

2. Tell us an unknown fact about yourself.

Though I have lived in South Boston for more years than some of our Handlebar riders have been alive (22 years), I was actually born and raised on the South Shore.  I’ve been in Southie for so long though, I am almost considered a “native.” Believe me, this is high praise!

3. What did you do for fitness prior to joining the studio? Besides cycling, what other activities do you do to keep fit?

Prior to joining the studio, I was spinning at my local community center.  Now I tell my friends, “I am going down to the Handlebar to do the real spin class!” 🙂  Actually, I am a bit of a fitness “nut.”  I am blessed to enjoy just about everything.  I still do a lot of cross-training  at my local community center (Curley Recreation Center on Day Blvd.).  I do step aerobics, kick-boxing, and interval training with weights. I love it all!

4. What other communities are you a part of in Boston? Social groups, volunteering, athletics, hobbies?

I am so busy with my job as a medical editor/science writer for Children’s Hospital that I don’t volunteer as much as I should.  I am not much of a “joiner,” but I am very involved in my parish, Gate of Heaven in Southie, and I am a daily communicant at St. Anthony’s Shrine at Downtown Crossing.  You know, I make a mad dash for the train after the 6 AM spin class just so I can must make the 7 AM mass!  I tell everyone one that spin and daily mass are my “bookends” for a balanced, joyful life.  Take care of body, mind and soul!

5. What goals has The Handle Bar helped you achieve?

Well, the instruction is at such a high level–far greater than what I was accustomed to–that I have become stronger, fitter, and more familiar with the top tunes!  I am a bit of a dunce when it comes to “pop culture” so you young people educate me daily. Thank you!

6. What’s your favorite way to end a long week?

The 5:45 PM spin class with Sarah C. at the Handlebar, of course, followed by my fish dinner and a glass of Chardonnay.

7. What words do you live by?

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12)”

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Nancy has even made an appearance on our HBSnapchat @handlebarsnap; She is the best!