By day, Sarah Griffith is a history professor at Queens. On the weekends, she’s a bicycle superhero.
Griffith recently spoke to the Chronicle about the way she balances bicycles and the classroom.
“In my late teens I got a road bike and so I raced road bikes from when I was in my late teens to my twenties and did triathlons. So I’ve always biked, I’m very comfortable on a bike, and I commute everywhere. It was when I moved to Charlotte five years ago that some friends said, ‘Oh, why don’t you come out, we’ll go and ride some mountain bike trails.’ I thought, ‘Oh okay, I hadn’t done that in forever.’ I was trying to meet people and I just fell in love with it because the trails are much better kept here. They’re groomed and it was the kind of mountain biking that we never had in Oregon and so I jettisoned the road racing and just dove headlong into mountain bike racing.
“It started just as fun, but I guess I am a little competitive and so two years ago I raced in a winter series, where you race every Sunday for five weeks. It turned out that I did very well and so I got sponsored by a shop here called Spoke Easy.
“I do really try to encourage my students, because they will come to me and say, ‘I am freaking out and I’m actually maybe having some, you know, mild mental health problems with feeling like there’s too much to do in too little time.’ I just try to reinforce and say, ‘Hey, you know, you’re in great company and I feel that a lot of times too, but make sure that you find downtime.’”