Speed; it’s something we all seek when we’re on our bike. We train our muscles to push faster on the flats, stronger up hills and to take the ‘hover’ position for miles while we cruise downhill. Another part of being speedy is NOT falling. I’m pretty good at all the other stuff – but falling… Read More Falling
I’m already planning and scheming for 2017… all in attempts to reach 1 lofty goal: complete the BC Bike Race. 7 days of mountain bike single track racing in British Columbia. I’ve read some others recap the race; broken hands, twisted roots, slippery rocks. Not to mention the mileage and elevation gain alone. (One day… Read More Lofty Goals
I’m getting my #1 riding partner back!! Yippeeeee!! My husband and best-friend has been my primary reason why I fell in love with mountain biking. He realized years ago that I could hold my own on the trail and was patient, encouraging me to take more and more chances to challenge my skills. He… Read More Riding buddies
Necessary evils: contracts, taxes, taking out the trash (imagine the stink!), paying your bills and…lifting weights to avoid injuries. I loath the gym. It’s how I paid my bills when I was in college; I remember many mornings in Oregon, taking my dog for a walk at 4am in the snow so that I could… Read More (Not-So) Heavy Lifting
Recovery. It’s necessary and needed… but hopefully this is the last set back. Surgery done. I’m missing a few bits and pieces, but it was the lesser of the options and I’m thrilled that there was no bowel resection. Which means an exciting workout is the stationary trainer or a road ride. 😜 Ahhhhh. One… Read More Here we go again…
After a particularly horrible work week, I decided that I really needed to have a change of scenery for my bike ride yesterday. So, even though I hate to, a donned my spandex and took off on the road bike. From my house, you can pedal to the coast in less than an hour… yes,… Read More Changing it Up
That what the training schedule called for. And although a pile of miles is MUCH funnier done in a new environment, I just couldn’t do it after being gone for the last two weekends. So, long local rides are what’s on the menu for this weekend. In reality, I’m looking forward to doing more and… Read More Piles of Miles
In a past lifetime, a coach said to me… “Really… you are a fat kid squeezed into an athletic body!” What he meant is that I have a (slight) obsession with food… and I think about it all the time. The fattier and more unhealthy, the better. The good thing is that gone are the… Read More Oink! Oink!
Recent surgery aside, I’m certainly asking myself: “Really, are we gearing up for 2 more races this season… You know, you’ve only got 5 more weekends to train…” *sigh* Why do I always bite off more than I can chew? So, yes. This weekend will be my first ‘real’ weekend of training since before the… Read More Am I really doing this?
Today, I’m six days post op. It already seems like ages ago. The good news is that the surgeon got what she was looking for… The bad news is that I’ll have to have another (more extensive) surgery. 😦 At this point, I’m just trying to focus on healing today and keeping my events lined up.… Read More Baby steps back to training