Extracurricular Cool Women

If these women weren't cool enough, their hobbies just took them over the edge. See what these busy bodies do in their spare time.

April 17, 2013 12:45 PM
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Geared Up

ERIKA CHRISTENSEN, 30

Profession: Star on NBC's Parenthood

Obsession: Cycling

How'd you get into biking? My buddy lost about 100 pounds cycling. He took me on a 31-mile loop. I was hooked.
How many bikes do you own? One hybrid and two road bikes.
Weekly mileage? Two hundred miles, at peak.
Best way to ride? In a group.
Most surprising place you've biked?
To tape a TV interview.
Padded shorts? I wouldn't go more than 10 miles without them.
Ever crash? I was descending a somewhat infamous hill in Brentwood and hit my brakes too hard. They locked. Classic operator error. I fell and broke my wrist. We couldn't shoot around it on Parenthood, so [my character] Julia "fell ice skating."
When'd you get back on the bike? I rode with my cast! — Marnie Hanel

GET STARTED!

First stop: Ask to be fitted with equipment at a bike shop.

Erika's picks: I. Martin bike (from $729), Rapha jersey ($160).