Dear Peloton Friends,

In precisely one hour, we shall ride for Melanoma Awareness Month! I want to share with you, the inspiring story of fellow rider and friend, the gorgeous Robin Nijankin.

As many of you know, this past July, I was diagnosed with a desmoplastic melanoma, a rare and often deadly form of skin cancer that is a result of years of sun exposure. It is a type of melanoma that doesn’t follow the “ABCDE” rules, and appeared as a small, non-pigmented “bug bite” on my collarbone area. It looked like nothing but it was indeed something. In January of this year, the “skin cancer” had spread into my breast and lung. I have had 3 surgeries, the last one being the removal of my left lower lung on March 10th. Due to my kick ass lung capacity, (a result of 550 prior Peloton bike rides), I was able to start pedaling on my Peloton home bike

4 DAYS after surgery. My lung surgeon had originally told me not to workout for 4-6 weeks but after seeing my post surgical progress, he gave me his blessing to get on my bike and  pedal slowly. Twelve days later, I was back at the Peloton Studio. I am proud to report I have hit my old Peloton bike output numbers a few days ago, just 6 weeks after major surgery!!

I’ve also started immunotherapy treatment 2 weeks ago. Immunotherapy is a form of chemotherapy that utilizes and bolsters the bodies own immune system to fight cancer. Before immunotherapy was discovered, melanoma was a literal death sentence. According to my oncologist I have a 75-80% 5 year survival rate. Then yesterday, I got an email from a close friend who attended an immunotherapy lecture, saying that they had heard the survival rate of melanoma has gone from 20% to 40%. I happened to be on a train going to take a Peloton class in NYC as that email came in. I freaked out at first and walked into the studio a frantic mess. And then I was embraced by my Peloton family…. end of story. A few hours and a few rides with the “family” later, I walked out of there floating on air, once again feeling that I AM NOT A STATISTIC, I AM TITANIUM…SHOOT ME DOWN BUT I WON’T FALL!!!!

****Join me for my 600th ride on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm with Jennifer Schreiber Sherman at the helm, while we pedal towards a cure! I will be donating $5.00 for every output point that the #1 studio woman and man rider achieves and $2.00 for every person on the live leaderboard. Use the hashtag #protecttheskinyourein

Please consider donating as well!!!

Thank you!!

Robin Nijankin

#Titanium

#IamTitanium

#wearetitanium

#Here2Stay

#togetherweridefar

#protecttheskinyourein

Isn’t she freaking gorgeous? Inside and outside? Please ride, if you can, and please donate, if you can! Her website is here: Titanium’s Ride For Melanoma Research.

This is just another damn amazing example of how Peloton is so much more than a bike. It is a community. It makes my heart sing.

That said, I want to recognise my beautiful friend and aesthetician Amanda Manol, owner and operator of Pearl Aesthetic Perfecting Studio. My friend for over a decade, she’s truly a gem and has perhaps prevented a future of melanoma in me. I’m always in the sun, and she therefore has always somehow convinced me to buy the expensive vitamin C serum from SkinCeuticals each time that I run dry on my supply. She tells me that even the very best sunscreen (which I have) only protects about 40 percent of what the sun shovels out. The Vitamin C goes to the lower level of the dermis, neutralizing the free radicals that get beyond the sunscreen. It reverses melanoma growth, and it mildly exfoliates and brightens skin. Since the body does not produce Vitamin C and because one cannot eat enough food to direct the Vitamin C to the skin, it must be taken as an outside applicant, absorbed into the skin. And, Amanda, if I’ve said that wrong, please correct me. But in short words, I want to say thanks for your years of scientific counsel on preventing me from getting “crepe-y” looking skin. By talking to me from the aesthetic perspective, you have also been helping me from the health perspective. I love you!

From SkinCeuticals website on the PhloretinCF Product:

SkinCeuticals research shows that specific combinations of antioxidants, when effectively formulated, provide superior results to each single antioxidant alone.

Phloretin CF is a triple antioxidant cocktail formulation shown to provide powerful environmental protection due to a synergistic combination of 2% phloretin, 10% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), and 0.5% ferulic acid. It is formulated under the Duke Antioxidant patent. Vitamin C is a highly-potent antioxidant that by its structure has difficultly being effectively absorbed on skin. The Duke Antioxidant patent describes the formulation parameters required for effective delivery of vitamin C to skin: 1) pure l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C); 2) an acidic pH within the 2.0-3.5 pH range and; 3) a concentration between 10%-20%. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these parameters.

Click here to buy the product: PhloretinCF by SkinCeuticals.

Also, if you want a gorgeous body, a happy mind, a Peloton bike, and amazing friends, use my referral code for two free months of membership. I shall also receive two free months, so I thank you very much! CLICK HERE FOR 2 FREE MONTHS OF PELOTON MEMBERSHIP.

And, don’t forget to do some yoga, maybe side plank with foot-in-armpit. Or maybe just a foot in armpit. Or maybe just a hello to your armpit by giving it a nice pat. He he. Whatever floats your yoga boat. Namaste.