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….

Race Report: Southern Cross Gravel Grinder

Just two weeks ago, I told several friends that even though I now owned a gravel bike, that I was not planning on doing any gravel races. On Saturday, I did a gravel race. The 2020 Southern Cross Gravel Grinder was initially explained to me as a gravel race better suited for mountain bikes. Located…

I Belong Here

For a year, I started pro/elite races with the nagging feeling that I was an imposter, an outsider: that I didn’t belong. I didn’t really have my pro card, I was just registering in the pro/open races that allowed for non-pros to race in the open category alongside the “real pros.” Even in Cat. 1…

Can You See It?

Last month, I traveled to Northwest Arkansas to participate in the 2019 Epic Rides OZ Off-road. Prior to attending the race, I had heard reports of the famed “Ledges” trail as being both technical and scary to ride. With only limited technical riding experience, I was admittedly nervous. How was I supposed to compete in…

Showing Up

Last weekend, I drove 12 hours to Williston, Vermont to compete in the 2019 Julbo Eastern Grind Challenge, a marathon-distance MTB race that offered a Pro/Open category. Initially, I had planned to compete in the Cat 1 XCO race, a race more similar to everything else that I’ve done this season, but with the OZ…

Recap: Summer 2019 MTB Race Season

At the beginning of the season, writing a brief race recap after each race seemed like a brilliant idea. Now, two-thirds of the way through the year, I successfully summarized just one race weekend. Stellar blogging performance there. Haha. At any rate, I spent most of the summer traveling nearly every weekend to race somewhere…

Loving Neighbors & Racing Bikes

UPDATE 8/9/19: This update is much, much overdue. During the first two weeks of July, two different roofing projects were completed as a result of your generous donations! The first project was completed on Johnie’s roof by a group of students with Mission Serve who volunteered to help Neighborlink with several big projects. One of…

8 More Days

Yesterday afternoon, I walked into the office at my apartment building to sign some paperwork. At some point, it came up in conversation that I work two jobs that equal somewhere around 60-70 hours per week. To me, that is just normal. It wasn’t a complaint; just a statement of fact that explained why my…