Trulians rising to the challenge of Velo|SF

Here at Trulia we love a challenge. When we’re not working to give you the upper hand in real estate, we’re finding other ways to improve our ourselves as individuals, to become more efficient and to find a balance between work and play. Striking that balance is key to delivering our best and defines who we are as Trulians.

A crucial element to achieving life balance is physical fitness. When you see the rows of bikes on the wall in our San Francisco head office, you’ll know what we’re talking about. Trulia has more than its fair share of athletes, who put as much effort into their fitness as they do into their work. Our Trulian cyclists already conquer the crazy topography of San Francisco on a daily basis, so yesterday our President slash Ironman world champion, Sami Inkinen, decided to crank it up a notch.

Yesterday, 8 cyclists from Trulia took part in a cycling challenge guranteed to test them to their limits: San Francisco’s infamous Velo|SF.

If you don’t know about Velo|SF, you should. Velo|SF is a group of renowned professional trainers in downtown San Francisco who pride themselves on the intensity and efficiency of their workouts; one hour of training with them is equal to three hours of training by yourself. The personal trainer/tormentor for the challenge was Meredith Kessler, a veteran cyclist who has competed in over 20 Ironman Triathalons and has the notable distinction of being undefeated for all of 2009, winning every race she participated in while setting some new course records in the process. Needless to say, the bar was high.

Over lunch, these eight Trulian’s spent 80 solid minutes cycling their butts off, equal to 4 hours of mere mortal cycling. Having completed the challenge, and regained sensation in their legs, they promptly got back on their bikes, cycled back to headquarters and continued in their day’s work.

We’d like to take time to recognize our hard working and hard playing Trulians for pushing themselves to find the balance in their lives. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the challenge and for overcoming the challenge of Velo|SF!

Brian Donaldson – Engineering Lead
Dan Hang – Senior Director, Product Management
Daniele Farnedi – Vice President, Engineering
Harshal Dedhia – Director, Analytics
Keith Louie – Director, Business Development
Pete Flint – CEO and Co-Founder
Rob Cross – Senior Director, Business Development
Sami Inkinen – President and Co-Founder