Kirsten Hagen

Kirsten Hagen

Why do you teach at Spinco?

For me, the journey to ride started from one of the lowest moments in my life. I had seriously injured my knee while training for the Boston marathon and suddenly reaching for those running shoes and finding my peace in a jog was no longer an option. I had to find another outlet. I had to find something that provided that same release, that same high that running had gifted me. I knew what I needed but I wasn’t finding the exercise to match -- until I got on the bike. Spinco filled the gap. After my first ride, I knew I had to be involved in this community. I would argue now that Spinco even surpasses the excitement I had for running. I know what it feels like to fight for the feeling of accomplishment. I get on that bike every week and feel grateful. I can hope that translates into my teaching style and that others know I understand the challenge. I want to help them chase that feeling and find it, like I did. 

What motivates you to jump on that bike everyday? 

The music
The focus 
The team

What do you want your riders to get/feel from your class? 

I want my riders to have fun. I want them to laugh. I want them to sing. I want them to feel the music and embrace the ride. It’s about letting go and finding yourself in the moment. I want to give them a space to find a side of themselves they may not acknowledge or recognize yet. I want my riders to feel encouraged and supported so they can throw their minds and bodies into the whole 50 minute class. We ride together, try harder than we did the last time and have a good time. That’s what it’s about.