JENNYMSU…Let’s Get to Know YOU this week!

Leaderboard Get To Know You 

First and foremost explain the genesis of your leaderboard name: 

JennyMSU

I’m afraid it isn’t that exciting or inspired. While I go by “Jen” to anyone I met after high school, my family and childhood friends all still call me Jenny. The MSU part is pretty easy — I hold both bachelors and masters degrees from Michigan State University and will be a diehard Spartan till the end. Even though they bombed hard during this year’s March Madness. I’m not bitter about it at all. AT ALL. Nope. #lies

Name: Jen Farhat

Where do You live? Hartland, Michigan

Married/Single? I was married for 10 years, but am divorced. The good news is that I’ve been with my “new” boyfriend for about four years (and have known him since I was 19, when we were both at MSU). I’m sincerely hoping he puts a ring on it soon so that I can stop calling him my boyfriend because I’m too old for a damn boyfriend.

 

Kids/Grandkids? No kids. Mostly by choice (see divorce above) and life circumstances. Would love a child, but at 42, I make a helluva dog mom (see below).

Pets? I’m a dog person through and through. Rosie, the love of my life, is a 6-ish year-old Boston Terrier who I got from a rescue five years ago. We’ve been through a lot together, including her having cancer (and chemo) in 2014. She’s spoiled and flatulent and gives me approximately 16 inches of space in our king-sized bed, but I love her the most. Don’t tell my boyfriend.

 
Working/Retired? I’m a senior communications advisor for a global insurance carrier — which is a fancy way of saying I’m a writer and project manager who tries to make workers’ compensation insurance seem sexy. I’ve been with my company for 15 years and ask myself at least weekly where my youth went. I’m also a freelance makeup artist, doing mostly weddings. Because free time is for suckers. Just kidding. I just love makeup and am damn good at it (#humblebrag).
 
If you went to college…what college did you go to? Michigan State (their basketball team will disappoint you)
 
Motto in which you live by? Lead with your heart. Also with sarcasm.

How long have you had your bike: Since December 2017

Where in your home do you ride: My basement, in the unfinished part where our home gym is. I stare at a water softener. It’s pretty amazing.

What is your favorite Color: Purple.

What is your favorite food: I’m part Lebanese and so raw kibbee (Google it) is among my fave foods. Also sushi. See a theme?

What is your favorite TV Show: Drama = The Newsroom with Jeff Daniels (it’s so good). Comedy = Friends (this show will never NOT hold up for me; it’s still so funny and watchable, which I do daily). Also Nurse Jackie. I like TV.

Have you ever ridden in studio: yes! Had the pleasure of riding #100 with JSS in April and also rode with Ally and Alex that same week.

 
Who would you like to ride with: All of you. Every last one of you. Wait, do you mean instructor-wise? You probably mean instructor-wise. Jenn, of course, and also Christine and Dennis (among those I haven’t already ridden with).
 
Guilty Pleasure: Vanderpump Rules on Bravo. It’s literally THE WORST SHOW on television. It’s terrible. I’m dumber for watching it. I love it. 
 
Favorite Curse word: “Fuck these fucking fuckers,” is a real favorite phrase of mine. It’s said typically in traffic. Or during March Madness. I’m a real lady, guys.
 
Favorite musician: Fun fact, I thought this said “favorite magician” and I was like, “Well that’s a weird question, but I like it — David Copperfield? I guess?!” My favorite MUSICIAN is Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam, followed by Ed Sheeran. I have a thing for musicians named Ed, evidently. Also Justin Timberlake, who is not named Ed but gets a pass because, come on.
 
Morning or night: I’m a solidly midday kind of person.
 
Last Book You Read: Book 6 of the Harry Potter series, which I can’t remember the name of. I listen to them on Audible while I commute (an hour each way). I’ve been commuting for nearly a year. I’m still not done with the series. These books are LONG. 
 
Who’s the Last Person who texted you: My dad, asking “how in the hell do I use this damn thing?!” referring to my old iPhone I recently gave him. He had a flip phone until a week ago. He doesn’t understand touch screens and basically butt dials our family constantly now, gets mad and then fails to hang up so we can hear him cursing like a madman. It’s the best. 
 
Favorite App: Instagram is the one I go to most. My favorite is probably the Sephora app, but it takes all my money so I’m not giving it the satisfaction of the top spot. 
 
Favorite Sport: College basketball when my team doesn’t miss 14 CONSECUTIVE SHOTS TO LOSE TO AN 11-SEED AND MISS THE SWEET 16. But I’m fine with it. FINE WITH IT.
 
Favorite Sports Team: MSU Football (suck it, basketball)
 
Fave Alcoholic Beverage: Champagne, vodka tonics and sour beers (current fave is Short’s Brewery Anniv Ale — it’s a Michigan beer. We do good beer.)
 
What Color is your toothbrush: It’s white. It’s a Sonicare kind that beeps at me if I don’t brush long enough. It’s very judgey. 
 
Do you have a favorite cartoon character: I may or may not have a Winnie the Pooh tattoo on my back that I got when I was 19. If this were true, Pooh would be my fave. Ah, youth. And stupidity. 
 
Coffee or tea: I drink both, but coffee is my preference. We have a fancy new cappuccino machine that I can’t work but if I knew how, I’d tell you that cappuccinos are my favorite. 
 
What time do you go to bed: We are creatures of habit. That habit includes biding our time until around 8:55, at which point one of us says, “want to go upstairs?,” and the other one nods enthusiastically. Then we both read our phones, defying all sleep experts, for like another hour, then crash around 10. It’s amazing and very sexy.
 
Fave Reality TV show: Does HGTV count? I love Fixer Upper. Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal. If HGTV doesn’t count, it’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because I’m a terrible human.
 
What is something we’d be surprised to know about you? My grandpa was a professional wrestler from the 1950s-1990s. His name was The Sheik and he wrestled all over the world. My dad wrestled too but much less famously. Our family friends included people like Andre the Giant. Home movies for me were things like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54ZrSoBemVU (yeah, that baby is me).
 
Dinner guest: All of the JSS Tribe. Seriously. You guys are rad and I love all of you. I need a bigger table, but we’ll make it work.
 
Anything else you’d like to share? Just that my motivation for getting the bike was and is to lose about 50 pounds (down 20 so far). I never knew I’d actually GAIN so much more through this amazing community. That was super sappy. I can’t help it.

WHO IS THE SWALLOW? THE MYSTERY OF HOW TO SAY TULLIE SOILEAU’s REAL NAME !

  • Leaderboard Get To Know You
    First and foremost explain the genesis of your leaderboard name…
    Personal Info:
    Name: Tullie (rhymes with Scully) Soileau (pronounced like Swallow – yep!)
    Where do You live? Birmingham, AL (but from Louisiana)
    Married/Single? Happily Married to David most days. Some days I want to throat punch him, but I still love him. I think he’s super hot, too!
    Kids/Grandkids? 2 little ladies, Susie and Hazie
    Pets? A pointer named Levi, who I think is part pig because he eats so damn much.
    Working/Retired? Part time lawyer
    If you went to college…what college did you go to?  Louisiana Tech University and Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
    Motto in which you live by?  Don’t be a doormat. Also, I constantly remind myself that my girls are watching me and are learning how to be a woman, a lady, and a contributing member of society from me, so I better set a good example.
    1)   How long have you had your bike?  Since December 2016.
    2)   Where in your home do you ride?  In my bedroom. My view is usually that of an unmade bed and my two girls.
    3)   What is your favorite Color?  Black. Every shade of black. I wanted to paint the inside of my house black, my my husband said no. My favorite nail color is Dark Dahlia by CND Shellac. It’s right up there with black as my favorite color.
    4)   What is your favorite food?  Spicy tuna bowl from Fresh Market, my shrimp salad, or my husband’s guacamole
    5)   What is your favorite TV Show?  90210 or Party of Five (come on, you know you loved them!)
    6)   Have you ever ridden in studio?  Yes!!!  My dad took me for ride 100 in February!  It was THE BEST!  I’m going back for my bday in November!
    7)   Who would you like to ride with?  Someone with a bike?  Therese Nagem. Someone who may have a bike?  Bieber. Someone I know doesn’t have a bike?  My sister, Currie. The instructors?  All of them!
    8)   Guilty Pleasure – Sunglasses. I won’t even admit to how many pairs I have, but it’s a lot. I can’t help myself.  I also collect oyster plates. Sounds lame, but they’re so beautiful!!  I’m also a total nerd and take selfies all the time, and I love anything with a skull on it.
    9)   Favorite Curse word – Fuck or goddammit
    10) Favorite musician – Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra, Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, Pink, etc. You can’t make me choose. I won’t do it.
    11) Morning or night – Sunday-Thursday morning, Friday and Saturday night
    12) Last Book You Read – Shut Up and Run and A River in Darkness
    13) Who’s the Last Person who texted you – my sister and my dad about weather, Therese Nagem about weekend plans, and my bestie Tommy about his love life
    14) Favorite App – Twitter, FB, iMessage, and FaceTime
    15) Favorite Sport – college baseball
    16) Favorite Sports Team – LSU Tigers and NO Saints
    17) Fave Alcoholic Beverage – champagne or White Claw
    18)  What Color is your toothbrush – grey and purple
    19)  Do you have a favorite cartoon character – not really
    20)  Coffee or tea – coffee
    21)  What time do you go to bed – 10 or 11
    22)  Fave Reality TV show – Teen Mom or 600 pound life (stop judging)
    23)  What is something we’d be surprised to know about you?  I majored on geography and GIS because I wanted to be a meteorologist, but I decided at the last minute I should go to law school. I’m still fascinated by weather.  I’ve also never met a festival (music or otherwise) that I didn’t love.
      Dinner guest – All of my grandparents, Martha Stewart, JSS, Robin Arzon, and John Foley.

      I just want to say thanks to JSS and to this tribe. I work in a job where so many women see each other as competition, and I don’t like how that feels. I’ve learned how to support others by watching all of you. There have been so many times over the last year when I’ve needed to emotionally support friends and family and even stand up for myself, and this tribe has given me so many ways to do this. By watching how support from strangers can go such a long way, I’ve been able to be there for people in my life so much better.  I’ve also learned that cheering for someone doesn’t mean I’m putting someone else down.  So thanks, everyone!  I’m a better friend and mom because of all of you. I live and love unapologetically because of you all. I love all of you for your support of me and especially of my dad when he took me to NYC and did 5 rides in 3 days with me. He still talks about it.  You’re all wonderful people, and I really think we need a JSS Tribe HRI. I’d be the first to sign up (and if it’s the weekend of November 9, that’d be great because I’ll already be there for my bday! Hint! Hint!). XOXO to all!

WHO IS THE GRIZ???

Leaderboard Get To Know You

First and foremost explain the genesis of your leaderboard name…

#TheGriz: I’m a 1985 alum from the University of Montana. Mascot: The Grizzlies past prez of the alumni association and a big fan of my alma mater. My non-MT friends call me “The Griz” since I’m the only Montana alum they’ve met!

Personal Info:

Where do You live? As I’m writing this, mid-Michigan, however 2nd week in February my wife & I are moving to Salt Lake City, Utah!!

Married/Single? Married to Holly (#ZoeGirl) for 27 years

 

Kids/Grandkids? 2 great young adults, Zach who lives in SLC & Amanda who lives in Kalamazoo.

Pets? Zoe, our 13 year old mini-Golden Doodle

Working/Retired? Working on retirement! Move to SLC is first part of that! (soon)

Motto in which you live by? It used to be “keep your eye on the prize” but last year it’s changed to The Shit That Matters! 🙂

  • How long have you had your bikeone year this January! Been riding since November of 2016 when my company gym bought 2 bikes.
  • Where in your home do you rideCurrently in our basement, in SLC? TBD…
  • What is your favorite Color Blue
  • What is your favorite food since our Summer trip to Italy, Aglio e Olio
  • What is your favorite TV Show – not a big fan of TV, but just finished bing watching Stranger Things, LOVED it!
  • Have you ever ridden in studiono, but will later this year, God willing!
  • Who would you like to ride withKevin McKenny #PharmaSpin is my Pelo-brother, I have a standing invite to ride with him in the studio. Thinking Howard Godnick #godnick would be a blast but afraid he and I would get kicked out of the studio for snarky commenting during the ride!
  • Guilty PleasureSome version of chocolate, currently, Nutella & Peanut Butter
  • Favorite Curse word Umm, yeah… Fuck. Picked that one up from a certain spin instructor! (thanks Jenn!).
  • Favorite musiciancurrently playlist artists are David Gray and Jason Isbell
  • Morning or nightMorning person. As I’ve grown older I find that I’m getting up when I used to go so sleep as a young man!
  • Last Book You ReadThe Broker by John Grisham
  • Who’s the Last Person who texted youmy lovely daughter Amanda!
  • Favorite AppSpotify or Delta Airlines (I live for music, but also live on a plane for business)
  • Favorite Sport Soccer, used to be a big-time soccer-dad, but they retired from the game and I had to retire from following… (I’m still voting for Carly!) My EPL team used to be Arsenal but Dave Barnett is lobbying for me to follow the Hotspurs!
  • Favorite Sports TeamGreen Bay Packers
  • Fave Alcoholic BeverageCraft Beer & Tequila –reposado or anejo please!
  • What Color is your toothbrushblue
  • Do you have a favorite cartoon characterSponge Bob
  • Coffee or teaEspresso!
  • What time do you go to bed10 pm… don’t hate, I love my mornings!
  • Fave Reality TV showNone… but I have caught The Voice from time to time.
  • F…M…K…John Foley, Denis Morton, Cody Rigsby or Robin Arzon, Jenn Sherman, JJOK… this one caused the most pondering… If those are my only choices, here we go: F – Robin; M- if I had to do that over again, Jenn Sherman, as we grow old together we would have Magical playlists to listen to! (she is my music spirit animal); K- Cody… have you ever seen him rock a Speedo? I’d kill for that look!
  • What is something we’d be surprised to know about you? I’m an award-winning homebrewer, cheers! I also have a penchant for playing craps, usually in Vegas. Because of the Peloton bike & community I’ve become an outdoor road rider now as well!
  • Dinner guestwould love to share one more moment with my Mom & Dad who both passed, one more wonderful meal together!

Anything else you’d like to share?

LOVE this bike that goes nowhere! Because of my business, I get to travel around much of the country (but not yet to NYC…!) and have connected with Pelofriends around the country. Rode outdoors with Chris Merrill in Salt Lake City (who, may actually become a neighbor!); got to meet Dave Barnett and his wife Victoria at the Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles game. Also rode in a few of the Peloton Showrooms in Dallas, Austin and Troy/Detroit. All these staff have been superb and welcoming to allow a wayward visitor the chance to get a ride in!

LOVE this JSS Tribe for all their love, support and positive vibes! And I can’t forget our great Admin’s for their dedication and hard work.

Then there’s Jenn Sherman… Since I started back in November of 2016 with your NFL rides, I’ve become hooked on your down to earth approach to spinning, it’s more like riding with a best friend than an instructor, LOVE THIS!

JoeBeOneKenobi is one of my favorite Leadboard Names…I JUST HAD TO KNOW MORE!

Leaderboard Get To Know You

First and foremost explain the genesis of your leaderboard name…

When Star Wars came out a close friend started calling me JoeBeOneKenobi-combining Joe with Obiwankenobi (Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Teacher.) It stuck.

Personal Info:

Name: Joe Battaglini

Where do You live? Wayne, PA (outside Philadelphia)

Married/Single? Married

Kids/Grandkids? Andrew (age 30) and Kristin (age 27)

Pets? Cannoli (Cavapoo-age 4) Chudy (dec 12/17)

Working/Retired-Working

 

Motto in which you live by? The only two things in life that matter are the good works that you do and the relatioships you have.

  • How long have you had your bike –Since November 2016
  • Where in your home do you ride – Finished Basement
  • What is your favorite Color – Teal
  • What is your favorite food – Lasagna
  • What is your favorite TV Show – Star Trek (Kirk, Spock version)
  • Have you ever ridden in studio – No
  • Who would you like to ride with – JJ (Hmmmm guess Joe doesn’t realize who’s asking! LOL)
  • Guilty Pleasure – Fritos and Butter Pecan Ice Cream (I wonder if he means together or separate?)
  • Favorite Curse word – Santa Lucia
  • Favorite musician – Chicago
  • Morning or night – morning
  • Last Book You Read – Inferno by Dan Brown
  • Who’s the Last Person who texted you – college buddy
  • Favorite App – Waze
  • Favorite Sport – Basketball
  • Favorite Sports Team – E-A-G-L-E-S
  • Fave Alcoholic Beverage – California Cabernet
  • What Color is your toothbrush – gray
  • Do you have a favorite cartoon character – Foghorn Leghorn
  • Coffee or tea – Coffee
  • What time do you go to bed –10pm
  • Fave Reality TV show – America’s Got Talent
  • F…M…K Jenn Sherman, JJ or Robin Arzon.  F-JSS, M-JJ K-JJ (hmmmm not sure Joe made sense here)
  • What is something we’d be surprised to know about you? Met my spouse when we were extras in the parade scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – WOW that’s pretty cool! 
  • Who would you like to have as a dinner guest? Ronald Reagan

Anything else you’d like to share? Huge fan of rock band Chicago (Auto Lic Plate is 25r624) Ran triathalons and belted in Krav Maga (MMA)

 

 

 

 

 

LEADERBOARD GET TO KNOW YOU…WHO IS SUBMARINER?

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!!!

https://www.gofundme.com/HMC-SharonCorbin