Since the beginning of time, I was not very coordinated with hand-eye-ball-eye coordination. This eventually led me to competitive swimming. I started swimming competitively at the age of eight. This was the first sport I exceled at, the first sport that gave me purpose, the first time I actually felt like I had some sort of athletic ability. I became addicted to the practices, the rush of the feelings before races, the overwhelming feeling when you go a best time. I fell so hard and so in love with the sport. I swam on the Framingham high school team throughout high school. My junior year I decided to take it further and join a USA swimming team called Adirondack. I definitely was not the big fish in a small pond anymore. This opened up my eyes to show me just how many people were just as fast as I was.
I ended up getting recruited to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for college swimming. I knew I wanted to continue my swimming career to college, however Division 1 was intimidating and scary. I went into it knowing that I was the small fish in a big pond and I had a lot of improvements to do. I loved the team there; the people on the team made it such an amazing experience. Freshman year, the 6am morning practices seemed like nothing when you got to hangout with your teammates the whole time. The practices we’re so challenging, however this made you feel that much more accomplished when you actually were able to finish them.
Although, I had a lot of experience swimming and practicing, I did not have a
lot of experience with lifting. I ended up injuring myself lifting halfway through my freshman year. At first, it seemed like a small injury, something I would recover from within a month or two, but this was a whole new animal that I had not experienced. I did not know how to deal with an injury. I did not handle being told “NO” well, especially when it limited my practicing and participating in meets. One thing I found throughout this whole injury that didn’t hurt me was indoor cycling. This is what I started doing when my injury would hurt me too much while I was swimming or doing dry-land. I would just start spinning and getting my heart rate up.
Unfortunately, my ending with swimming was not a happy one, and I was completely done competing halfway through my sophomore year. After a year-long fight with this injury, my body gave in and the pain became too much. However, as “they” always say, when one door closes another one opens. Years later, I am a huge believer in that statement. I found my love for indoor cycling throughout my injury and continued staying with it after I was done swimming. It was the only exercise I could do without my body hurting or rebelling against me. That’s how I got to where I am today, leading people in indoor cycling classes through this amazing workout. I am the happiest when I am doing that, the energy, atmosphere, the adrenaline, and everything in general about the exercise brought me back to life from that injury and I will be forever grateful I found another workout I can be so passionate about.
I'm Carly Biron, a fitness and exercise enthusiast. This whole idea stemmed from me starting a job where I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I have been through a long journey of trying to break into the fitness industry, which is why I essentially created this page.