Ever since I’ve been riding, every time I heard the Leaderboard name SUBMARINER, I thought it was a dude who wears the Rolex my husband wants…did you think think the same thing???  LETS FIND OUT IF I WAS RIGHT!

Meet Rich Essenmacher aka SUBMARINER

Leaderboard Get To Know You

First and foremost explain the genesis of your leaderboard name…

“Submariner” comes from my 20+year Navy Submarine career. The camaraderie of the submarine is unmatched in civilian life- but some of the things the JSS Tribe does are similar, and that is why I am part of it.

My military career is still such a large part of who I am- there was no other name I even thought of.

Personal Info:

Name: Rich Essenmacher

Where do You live? Norfolk, VA

Married/Single? Married to my lovely bride Jai

Kids/Grandkids? 6 kids ages 12 to 32. No grandkids

Pets? One Cat, “Mittens” (see picture- he loves my wife’s yarn)

Working/Retired? Retired from the US Navy in 2001. Currently part of Quality Department for a large defense contractor.

Motto in which you live by? Stop whining. I also hate “whoa be me” attitudes.

  • How long have you had your bike20 months.
  • Where in your home do you rideExercise room
  • What is your favorite ColorBlue
  • What is your favorite foodLasagna
  • What is your favorite TV ShowSports
  • Have you ever ridden in studioNo, I had a trip and ride scheduled and JSS ended up not teaching that Sunday so I canceled.
  • Who would you like to ride withThe entire JSS tribe.
  • Guilty PleasurePie
  • Favorite Curse wordFuck
  • Favorite musicianAny 80’s rock band. First concert was Journey (like JSS) and ELO.
  • Morning or nightmorning
  • Last Book You ReadA Gentlemen in Moscow by Amor Towles.
  • Who’s the Last Person who texted youmy wife
  • Favorite AppESPN
  • Favorite SportFootball
  • Favorite Sports TeamDetroit Lions (I grew up in Detroit)
  • Fave Alcoholic BeverageRed wine
  • What Color is your toothbrush blue
  • Do you have a favorite cartoon characterMarvin the Martian or Tigger
  • Coffee or teaboth
  • What time do you go to bed 9pm
  • Fave Reality TV showdon’t watch them- who could?
  • What is something we’d be surprised to know about you? The hardcore outer shell actually has a soft inside very few people see. Kind of like M & M’s.
  • Dinner guestJerry Seinfeld, it would be just a riot.

Anything else you’d like to share?  Living on the Lafayette River in Norfolk produces some beautiful sunsets. A picture is attached.

I taught spin for 10+ years. After moving to Norfolk I stopped spinning all together for 2 years. I missed the workouts so I finally gave in a bought a bike. My first ride was with JSS. I almost exclusively ride with her because her music and teaching style are exactly how I taught spin for all those years. Well, maybe not the country music…….

I would love to teach a class in studio someday. Wish that were possible.

NFL players need to stand the f— up for the anthem. I served and many have died for freedom of speech- on your own time, not while we are paying your salary. Was that too strong? ………. Too bad.


GoFundMe for Hannah Marie Corbin’s mother

Our friends Paige and Nancy have started a GoFundMe campaign for Hannah’s mom:

Greetings, Tribe!!! Wasn’t that another great JSS Live segment? I just love those :). I would like to throw our house into the hat for an “On the Road” segment! But wait until the pool is open and up to temp! Hell, we can even make a cooking segment out of it – I’ll cook on my Big Green Egg!!! But I digress..

As you may have heard, another one of our amazing instructors, had some great news recently. Hannah Marie Corbin’s mom Sharon recently underwent surgery for a kidney transplant. She had been waiting for quite a while for this miraculous gift, and I believe it happened last week! I am so very relieved for Hannah and her family, but there are still hurdles they will have to jump over. Organ transplantation is an amazing gift, but also stressful on many levels.

I know this firsthand, as my father was the recipient of a kidney from a living donor back in October of 2004. Nancy and I were with he and his wife the entire time, and for a while after the surgery. It is pretty darn incredible to witness the gift of an organ given willingly by a living donor. I honestly do not know if I could be so unselfish… There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to transplantation, and with these unknowns can come a lot of expenses. This is where Nancy and I would like to join forces to help Hannah and her family.

Nancy and I would like to invite any JSS Tribe members who would like to help, to make a donation to a Go Fund Me page that was set up about 10 months ago for Hannah’s mom. Nancy and I will match any donation made between now and February 1st by JSS Tribe members dollar for dollar up to $5,000.00. In order to signal us that the donation was made by a JSS Tribe member, please use the hashtag #JSSTribeforHMC . . . On February 1st, we will match the contributions of this tribe. You can donate anonymously if you like, just make sure you use the hashtag in the comments section – along with any other message you would like to send to Hannah and her family.

Our Peloton family is amazing, and we all pull together when needed. Let’s show a little Tribe-to-Tribe love!!! Thank you all so very much for your amazing support – always!!!



Hakuna Moscato…ever wonder who she is? Why she chose THAT name? We DID!!! Meet…Julie Thomas!

Leaderboard Get To Know You – Julie Thomas

First and foremost explain the genesis of your leaderboard name…

Hakuna_ Moscato

I had always loved the phrase “Hakuna matata”  which many of you might know from “The Lion King”…meaning “no worries”.  Well I ran across the phrase Hakuna Moscato online, which is a play on that, meaning “Drink wine” or “more wine please”.  It immediately resonated with me, because riding and drinking wine are my favorite ways to relax, de-stress and have no worries!

Personal Info:

Where do You live? Port Washington, NY (Long Island)

Married/Single? Married

Kids/Grandkids? 2 daughters, Delaney, will be 10 yrs old in Feb (4th grade) and Piper, 6 yrs old (1st grade)

Pets? NO

Working/Retired? Working PT, home by school bus

Motto in which you live by? “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”— Dr. Seuss

  1. How long have you had your bike – 1 yr in Feb.

  2. Where in your home do you ride – Basement

  3. What is your favorite Color – Light or Aqua Blue

  4. What is your favorite food – seafood and veggies

  5. What is your favorite TV Show – This is Us

  6. Have you ever ridden in studio – Yes!  Just 1 day, back to back, JSS & Ally Love

  7. Who would you like to ride with – My mom, she is 71 and a kick ASS biker, on the road and spin class.  I have yet to convince her to get the Peloton…she is a social butterfly and loves going to class…if she only knew, has she met this tribe?

  8. Guilty Pleasure – Sweet Potato Fries or the hot bread basket at a restaurant

  9. Favorite Curse word – Fuck balls

  10. Favorite musician – Billy Joel

  11. Morning or night – Morning

  12. Last Book You ReadThe good girl, Mary Kubica

  13. Who’s the Last Person who texted you – my friend Rachel

  14. Favorite App – Facebook

  15. Favorite Sport – Tennis, although I haven’t played in years

  16. Favorite Sports Team – Red Sox

  17. Fave Alcoholic Beverage – WINE! Not limited to, but generally Sauvignon Blanc in Summer, Pinot Noir in Winter

  18. What Color is your toothbrush – White and teal

  19. Do you have a favorite cartoon character – Moana

  20. Coffee or tea – Coffee

  21. What time do you go to bed – 10 – 11 pm

  22. Fave Reality TV show – Not really a Reality TV watcher

  23. F…M…K…John Foley, Denis Morton, Cody Rigsby or Robin Arzon, Jenn Sherman, JJ – I know everyone avoids this question, so I will JFDI and preface by saying I am straight, but still… I would say F – Denis or Robin (total girl crush)… M – Cody or JSS (so many similar likes)…K – love them all, wouldn’t K any of them.

  24. What is something we’d be surprised to know about you? I went to University of Vermont and don’t know how to ski!  Also, I was initially against buying the Peloton when my husband wanted to,  and now am totally addicted.  I haven’t been on the elliptical or run for months!

  25. Dinner guest – Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake TOGETHER

Anything else you’d like to share?  I am a mostly OD rider, but love this community and tribe and honored to be chosen to do this. I thought I had only done “a handful” of live rides, so was shocked when I read my year in review to see that I had actually done 20.  Of course JSS was my top instructor.  I sincerely feel like she is my friend, who I would totally hang out with.   My girls definitely know her too.  I wish I had had the chutzpah to ask for a picture when I rode with her in the studio, but at least I introduced myself!



Who Eats Cake For Breakfast You Ask???

Leaderboard Get To Know You

First and foremost explain the genesis of your leaderboard name…Eatcake4bfast

I first was introduced to the phrase Eat Cake for Breakfast on a Kate Spade teeshirt years ago. Said teeshirt is no more but I still love what it said to me…always eat the cake…experience the sweetness in life…don’t ignore the opportunity to take a taste of the goodness that is in front of you. Plus, I like cake. I really like cake. My fav is the coconut cake from The Peninsula Grill in Charleston. Its worth the trip!

I chose #eatcake4bfast for my leaderboard name and abbreviated breakfast to “bfast – be fast”…which I try to be when JSS says to crank up the cadence to 120!

Personal Info: Katie Young Cunningham

Where do You live? Basking Ridge, NJ

Married/Single? Married to Kevin (#stretch71 on the leaderboard) – he doesn’t ride often but crushes it every time he does

Kids/Grandkids? 3 kids – Ryan (16), Regan (15) and Brady (7)

Pets? Big Fin (our everlasting Betta fish) and on the wait list for our first puppy!

Working/Retired? Currently stay at home with my kiddies, but always brainstorming for my next business venture.

Motto in which you live by? (see above)

  • How long have you had your bike – June 2017
  • Where in your home do you ride – In my living room
  • What is your favorite Color – Pink
  • What is your favorite food – Pizza (even the crappy frozen stuff) and I really like cake (see above!)
  • What is your favorite TV Show – May I pick two? The Crown and Friday Night Lights (BEST SHOW EVER – Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose!)
  • Have you ever ridden in studio – Yes…Walk of Shame ride with Jess
  • Who would you like to ride with – JSS…and I will (after my daughter’s competition dance and Nutcracker seasons are over)
  • Guilty Pleasure – Haribo Gummy Bears (and cake)
  • Favorite Curse word – Fuck (and my 7 year old has picked it up and confirmed he learned it from me…nice)
  • Favorite musician – After Saturday night’s AMAZING concert, I have to say Garth Brooks
  • Morning or night – Morning
  • Last Book You Read – Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Who’s the Last Person who texted you – My friend Melissa…about the Garth Brooks concert!
  • Favorite App – Starbucks (no waiting in line)
  • Favorite Sport – I love to watch swimming (my daughter especially). My older son is a fencer and while it is tough to understand, it is a thrilling sport to watch as a spectator.
  • Favorite Sports Team – We are a Giants and Yankees family…I just go along with it. I was raised in Redskins territory.
  • Fave Alcoholic Beverage – French 75
  • What Color is your toothbrush – Navy/White
  • Do you have a favorite cartoon character – Cinderella
  • Coffee or tea – Tea (hate coffee)
  • What time do you go to bed – 10ish (or when my kids stop popping in for “one more thing…”)
  • Fave Reality TV show – Anything on Bravo…
  • F…M…K…As fun as it would be, I can’t answer this with a sweet husband and two nosy teenagers on social media (I’ll leave it up to your guess)!!!
  • What is something we’d be surprised to know about you? – I am not as quiet as I appear at first meeting…
  • Dinner guest – Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip…she’d be lovely and he’d be a hoot.

A special thank you to the AMAZING admins of the JSS Tribe. Working with our fearless leader, you all make this a great place to be on Facebook and I can’t wait to meet you all live at the studio and at the HRI!

And, to Jen Sherman…I feel like I am riding with a friend…a friend that just tells me to fucking get out of my comfort zone and just do it…and then plays another great tune and says to do it again. And I do. Every time. That is why I ride. Because you push me to be better. Thanks for the inspiration.