This post originally went up in 2014 on my travel blog. In preparation for the BCBR, I didn’t want to lose the lessons from this great mountain bike trip!! As many of you know, EJ and I recently finished a hut to hut mountain biking trip in Southwest Colorado. We had never been on an… Read More 3 Life Lessons
I’ve been XC mountain bike racing. Not just showing up for a race and finishing the miles – but actually trying to push myself to do well. I’m really undecided if I like it. The Kenda Cup Series West dots all over Southern California. I’ve been able to ride places that I normally would never… Read More Racing
I’m in the home stretch. 7 more weeks to go until BCBR. And it’s always about this time when training for an event that I’m tried of training, tired of the structure of workouts, tired of packing for the next workout, eating right (mostly)… you get the picture. This last weekend, I was surprised to… Read More Ego-Boosting
Today, I found myself in Ventura, California… done with work and looking to get in some training. Hunting on TrailForks tells me that there’s no mountain bike rides in Ventura – but drive toward Ojai and there’s a fire road. “Fire Road? Really?… that’s all you got? Not exciting… ok, I’ve got to get in… Read More Taking chances does pay out! Ojai, CA
Gorgeous views. Hard, long climbs. Insanely fun downhills. Great people. Saturday’s event was everything I needed it to be in a mountain bike ride – and that’s a pretty tall order! 36 miles and just shy of 5,000 ft of climbing (oh, and you start at ~5,000 ft of altitude) Friday, three of us packed… Read More Whiskey Off Road – Prescott, AZ
I had done a pretty good job of lining up back to back Epics… the Palm Springs and then the next weekend, San Diego MTB Association’s Archipelago Ride. Brilliant! The “Arch” ride is billed as 50 miles, point to point, connecting SD’s major mountain bike trails, 5,000 ft of climbing and (most importantly) ending at… Read More San Diego’s Archipelago Ride
I can’t wait to come back!! Just last weekend, I was traveling & stressing about putting what kind of damage my bike might have suffered in the flight over … and then I struggled on the first ride … but by the end of the week- I’ve started to get the swing of things.… Read More Cycling in Hawaii
I’ve been coming back to Hawaii on a regular basis for over 20 years now. And we’ve never biked here. After flying my mountain bike over with me from the mainland, I was ready to go for my first paradise adventure. As much as the black/difficult trails were calling to me from Trail Forks, I decided… Read More Adventures in Paradise – My first time riding in Hawaii
I’ve been lucky that almost everywhere that I’ve wanted to ride I’ve either been able to drive to or the adventure is short and I’ve rented. Not this time. We’re starting to spend more and more time back in Hawaii and have always missed our bikes when we’re in the islands. I decided to skinny… Read More Have bike, will travel. My first time flying with a mountain bike.
Today was the first mtb race of the season. I really didn’t want to take it seriously, but let’s admit it – as soon as the word “GO!” I wasn’t necessarily fooling around. To say I was a little nervous prior to the race would be an understatement. You’d think I’d be over it by… Read More The race season has begun!