Race Report: Mohican 100k

What a study in contrasts! On Wednesday, I participated in the Play Roanoke’s second Disco series race on Mill Mountain, but with strict guidelines to not go too hard (and thereby “ruin” my race on Saturday). The Disco course is rocky, mostly climbing, and the field thins out quickly, allowing for plenty of space to…

#LoveWhereYouLive

Almost a year ago, I moved to Roanoke, Virginia. Why? Mountain biking. Little did I know, that my move to Roanoke would be about so much more than just glorious trails and ample gravel roads for training. It would deliver an incredible community, a city replete with culture and food destinations, and all sorts of…

Race Report: Big Frog 65

Summary The irony of this event is that it was supposed to be my first NUE series event, way back in 2020. I remember asking friends, veterans of the event, for beta, and gearing up for my first season “as a pro” and… then COVID happened. Now, two years later, with a full season of…

Season Opener: Stokesville 40k

I spent January with my left foot in a boot thanks to a late-season stress fracture, so when the Stokesville 60/40 MTB race rolled around as my 2022 season opener, I was admittedly a little nervous. I’d only been riding my bike for 4.5 weeks and didn’t feel like my fitness was anywhere near what…

2022 Sponsor Announcement

Ride Fierce Racing is presented by Roanoke Outside & Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge with additional sponsorship from Cardinal Bicycle and RND Coffee. I am excited to continue working with some of the same partners that have supported me from the beginning of my racing career, as well as some new companies that have joined with…

Making 25 of 24

Over the last several weeks, the questions seem to play on a broken record, How many hours are in your day? How do you fit it all in? How do you manage everything? Mostly, the answer is, “I don’t know” or “I don’t.” While there are certainly aspects of that which are true–such as the…

Doing Hard Things

Starting a new job is never easy, but starting a new teaching job in the middle of a pandemic should certainly be listed as one of those things that is so difficult is is not recommended for anyone even remotely sane. In the weeks leading up to the start of the school year, as I…

Wow, that went quickly

How is it already September? Somehow, the last post I published was all the way back in March of this year. I was excited about a full season of racing mountain bikes and had just gotten my first COVID-19 vaccine. I knew all of the kids in my sixth grade classroom and was eagerly preparing…

Season Opener & Team Announcement

It’s officially 2021 and the first mountain bike race of the season is this weekend! These past few months have been packed full of training, as I’ve been steadily increasing my training load in preparation for the start of the racing season. As of Sunday (2/28), I finished out the largest-volume training block I’ve ever…

Becoming an Athlete

I didn’t start out an athlete. I’m not sure anyone really does. But I didn’t play sports in high school or college. I was on the debate team. I was interested in politics and studied constitutional law in my free time. Sure, I rode and trained horses, and had ridden bicycles with my family as…