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May
10
I Was Bitten by a Dog. Now What?

I Was Bitten by a Dog. Now What?

Next to distracted drivers, dogs are the biggest safety concern for many cyclists. Now I know why.
6 min read
Apr
23
Return to Leadville

Return to Leadville

Descending those few miles of flowy, fast, and periodically steep singletrack, I briefly lived the bliss of mountain biking.
6 min read
Oct
01
RACE REPORT! Leadville Trail 100 MTB and Will I Go Back?

RACE REPORT! Leadville Trail 100 MTB and Will I Go Back?

This is what I'd trained for, anticipated, and dreamt of. The only sound was knobby tires over fine gravel. Pedaling this first dirt road in the brisk morning air was like a rolling group meditation.
23 min read
Aug
17
My First LT100: When the Start is the Win

My First LT100: When the Start is the Win

Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part!
3 min read
Aug
12
Race Day is Here!

Race Day is Here!

There were many times throughout this journey that I wondered if I'd get there, and even though it's still 45 minutes away, I think it's safe to say I will (or have by the time you read this.)
1 min read
Aug
05
The Power of the Pre-ride

The Power of the Pre-ride

Enough about dismounts and chainrings. I am out here to recon the terrain under my wheels as much as the space between my ears.
9 min read
Jul
29
First Dirt in Leadville

First Dirt in Leadville

After three years of dreaming, planning, and training, I am finally about to pre-ride the LT100 MTB course!
8 min read
Jul
19
In Search of the Rocky Mountain High

In Search of the Rocky Mountain High

Sailing between the pink and orange skies, we break for coffee, gas, and grass. I try to keep my eyes off the miles and minutes remaining. It’s easy to do once I reach Kansas; there’s only one way to go: straight.
8 min read
Jul
11
GRUSK TALL Had it All!

GRUSK TALL Had it All!

Some days are almost heaven. Often, I only notice in recollection. But this time, I felt it while it was happening.
10 min read
Jul
04
Am I Ready for 84 Miles of GRUSK?

Am I Ready for 84 Miles of GRUSK?

For me, event preparation comes down to four key elements: physical fitness, mental attitude, nutrition plan, and gear set-up.
12 min read