LOVE Stories: Meet KathyFri Aug 11, 2017
Kathy Valentine made history as a musician and composer in the iconic group the Go-Go’s—the first and only all female band to write and perform a #1 record. Today the Austin native and resident keeps busy as a mom, plays solo or with her band The Bluebonnets, and is writing a memoir for the UT Press. Kathy is also a partner in The Townsend, a music venue and cocktail lounge on Congress Ave, where she helps curate events that highlight Austin’s female artists.
Here is her LOVE Story.
LOVE Cycling Studio has changed my life in unexpected and wonderful ways, and I have my teenage daughter Audrey to thank for it. In the 90’s, I took my first cycling class while living in Los Angeles. I tried it and immediately decided it wasn’t for me. Fast forward to a couple years ago when a new cycling wave hit Austin and many of my friends bugged me to try it. No way. Not my thing. The more they said, the more resistant I became.
My preference for working out has always been isolated cardio or one-on-one with a trainer. Group classes were not my thing. The only problem was my gym closed, the replacement ones I checked out didn’t stick. The truth is my spontaneous “workout when I feel like it” approach had been failing me for some time. At 58 years old, I was in the worst shape of my life.
As a writer, I spend a lot of time at my desk typing and I get very stiff and constricted. It became very easy to put off exercising “until tomorrow” because I was on a roll with work, or had too much to do. As a performer, my confidence is very aligned with my discipline and effort to take care of myself. My talent could carry all my shows, and rocking out is second nature, but I missed that feeling of being super fit on stage. More than anything, I wanted to be a youthful, vibrant mom to Audrey for decades to come, but knew it would take more than what I was doing.
I felt stuck, unable to do any exercise with consistency, and unhappy as the strength and stamina of my 30s and 40s decreased. Still, when Audrey told me she wanted to try a cycling class, I wasn’t thrilled about accompanying her.
“I’ll go,” I told her, “but it’s not my thing.” I only went to support her inclination to do something physical. The last thing I expected was to fall in love with LOVE!!
Audrey and I have been taking classes together since the summer started. It’s wonderful to have something we enjoy doing together. We have always been close, but engaging in a fitness routine together has brought a whole new mature dimension to our relationship. LOVE has become part of the bridge that supports the shifts and changes of parenting a child to parenting a young lady.
The clear and obvious benefits to my health are a huge part of my newfound commitment to cycling at LOVE. Best of all: my days are better days. What more could a person ask for than a better day? Productivity, creativity, energy and attitude are the measures I treasure, and cycling at LOVE has increased all of these precious commodities in my life.
While I have really enjoyed every instructor I’ve taken, I have a special love for CJ’s class. I started with him, and it’s fun that he has seen Audrey and I progress over the past couple of months. I’ve come a long way, and still I can’t keep up, but I’m ok with that. Pushing myself, letting the energy of the music, the instructors, and the other riders inspire me to dig a little deeper are all part of my journey. Maybe one day I’ll be in that front row on top of every push, tap, crunch, sprint and hill—but until then, I’m ok with just having my life changed!
Thank you LOVE Cycling Studio!!