I started cycling and photographing at Ascend Cycle in October 2016. Immediately Kat, the owner, and I hit it off. Never did I guess the entire studio would become my extended family, specifically Mary Beth, aka MB, who has become more than just a best friend, she’s my big sister I never had.
I’ve photographed her many times for Ascend, and every time she blows the shoot out of the water. What’s more impressive than her outstanding beauty is her phenomenal personality. It’s advised that those with sensitive hearing wear earplugs around her. When she greets you, the entire block hears it, and all of a sudden you feel like the most important person in the world.
She treats every rider at Ascend like this, making the studio feel like home immediately. If you haven’t taken a class with MB, you need to sign up now; her classes book weeks in advance and always have a waitlist of six people or more.
If you are looking for an active community that is beyond fitness, promotes self-love, and will always make you feel like a superhero, take a look into Ascend. You will not be disappointed. So, without further ado, I introduce to you my best friend, MB.
Photos: Sarah Marcella | Top, skirt, sunglasses: The Hive | Shoes: The Shoe Hive
How do you spend your time? Working! I have two jobs that I genuinely love. And also with my friends/family.
Neighborhood: Del Ray
How long have you lived in Alexandria: Six months, but I’ve been in D.C. for 10 years
What is your hometown? Lima, Ohio
What brought you to Alexandria? Needed a change and I love this neighborhood
What would surprise people about you? I hate to cook (which is surprising because anyone that knows me knows I love to eat, nom nom nom)
You’re a superhero: what’s your superpower? To be invisible!
Favorite cocktail: Almost any whiskey-based cocktail
Last book read or movie seen: Book: “YOU are a Badass.” Movie: “Hush.” I love scary movies.
Guilty pleasure: Cleaning my ears with q-tips. Obsessed.
Phrase you overuse: It is what it is.
Facebook or Instagram? IG
Latest binge-watch: “Orange is the New Black”
If you only could have one for the rest of your life: wine or coffee? Wine all the way!
Define your style in three words or less: Comfy, sporty, and sexy
The go-to piece in your wardrobe: Any of my Ascend Cycle tanks, I live in them.
Favorite trend ever: High-waisted pants
Favorite current trend: Crop top
Beauty product you can’t live without: Eyelash curler. Or Dry Shampoo. It’s a close call.
Favorite fragrance: Viva La Juicy
Heels or flats? Ugh, this is hard. I think flats. Love my Chucks.
Favorite room in your home: Every room
Antiques, modern, or a mix? A mix
Last item bought for your home: Tackboard and marker board for my home office.
Next planned purchase: Picture frames for my bedroom wall
Favorite way to entertain: With alcohol
Clutter-free or well-lived in? Clutter free
Wallpaper — yes, totally modern or no, so dated: 100 percent yes
Your go-to work-out: I love lifting weights but a spin class at Ascend Cycle is my favorite.
Most fun way to exercise: With my friends.
Group exercise or solo: Depends on my mood
Fitness goal: To have a body like Jennifer Lopez …or participate in a triathlon. It changes daily.
Proudest fitness achievement: Any class I teach at Ascend Cycle.
Favorite spot in Alexandria: Ascend Cycle
Last purchase in Alexandria: Tanks at Ascend
Best coffee / happy hour / date night spot: Junction / Pork Barrel / Evening Star
Favorite charity: Anything that has to do with Veterans/Military
Favorite annual Alexandria event: WellRay