First she rode her Trikke alone. Then she became a regular on the So Cal Trikke circuit. Now she’s the star of her very own feature story in the Los Angeles Times, all thanks to her love for her Trikke, a love that has helped her lose 70 pounds (and counting).
Debbie Bumgardner was a frustrated dieter who bought her first Trikke after seeing an infomercial, according to the story written by Roy M. Wallack, a Times fitness columnist who’s the author of several books and a Trikke rider himself.
Titled Obesity and exercise: Debbie Bumgardner drops the yo-yo diet, picks up a Trikke, the story tells of the 52-year-old legal secretary’s struggle to maintain a balanced life while overworking and under-exercising. That is, until she discovered the Trikke and began carving out a better version of herself.
“I didn’t know what I was getting into — like how to work it,” notes Bumgardner in the piece. “But it didn’t take long, and it is such a blast it keeps me coming back every night.”
These days, not only does Bumgardner carve up her San Fernando Valley neighborhood, she’s also become a familiar face at group rides in the LA area, sponsored by TrikkeWorld and SouthBay Trikke (official local dealer of the magazine).
“We enjoy having Debbie as part of our ride crew,” said Andy Pliska, president of SouthBay Trikke and a contributor to TrikkeWorld. “She’s been a wonderful addition and provides great motivation for our other riders.”
Bumgardner experienced her first group ride during January’s MLK Ride of Long Beach. Since then, she conquered the Trikke Skki during her friend’s Birthday Thrill Ride; she’s become a regular on the So Cal Trikke circuit; and she’s now been featured in the LA Times.
The power of one infomercial. The power of one human being.
Video: Debbie Bumgardner on her Trikke journey