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…

Testing Limits

It all started when I was playing around on Ride With GPS, plotting ways to connect several portions of trail in Hoosier National Forest with the trails at Brown County State Park. No matter how I tried to do it, I couldn’t make the loop less than 62 miles. Now, this wouldn’t have been a…

Full Send?!

For the last two years, “Full Send” has been my motto. When David first challenged me to ride in the pro/elite field at Iceman in 2018, I decided to go for it, and haven’t looked back since. Well, not until 2020 anyway. I came into the season feeling strong. I started working with a new…

Summer Come; Summer Go

I love summer. Its my favorite season. I love the sunshine. I love the long days. I love the heat. The only part I don’t like about summer is that it comes so late and leaves so quickly. Already, on August 18, when I’m writing this, I am entering my second week of teaching sixth…

Roots

I ran into an old friend on the mountain bike trails last week. Not literally. I didn’t hit him. I actually saw him in the parking lot (and kept a good 6’+ of social distance!). This friend was talking about how everyone he rides with is younger, smaller, and faster than he is, and it…

Top Gravel “Roads” in the Fort Wayne “area”

As I’ve started adventuring onto gravel roads this spring, I’ve started to compile a list of my favorite “groads” in the Fort Wayne area. By area, I mean anything that is rideable from my home–and most of these do require a longer ride to be able to get there (and back) from Fort Wayne city…

Tips for Remote Learning

After being homeschooled K-12 and doing most of my university education online, the concept of remote learning is not at all foreign to me. In high school, I took an online paralegal course from the then-Oak Brook College of Law & Government, as well as individual online classes from Moody University and Patrick Henry College….