On Riding Bikes & Being Female

Over the last two years or so, more and more attention has been given to the gender inequality in the sport of cycling. Slowly, more and more events are offering equal payout to male and female competitors, and slowly, progress is being made to encourage girls and women to join the sport. While I greatly…

Dancing (or riding) in the Rain

For the last six weeks, I’ve been traveling every weekend: driving or flying across the country to race and ride bikes. While it has been incredibly fun, it is also exhausting. With a sinus infection taking its toll on my energy levels, I was not looking forward to this past weekend in Chattanooga nearly so…

Counting the Cost

Last weekend, I flew to Prescott, Arizona to start my first Pro/Open race of the season. At the end of last season, after celebrating victories in all of the local races, several people encouraged me to sign up for the Pro/Open categories for my final two races. I was burnt out and over-trained by that…

Loving Neighbors & Racing Bikes

UPDATE 5/24/19: In the last six months (almost), we have raised $1,200 of the $2,500 for the roofing project this summer. My first win/race payout (at the Fat & Skinny Tire Fest 16) added $100 to the total and your incredible generosity! We are soooo close to halfway! Details to be coming within the next…

Adulting

It’s been a few months since I posted last, and when I think about what I’ve been doing since September, it comes down to mostly “adulting.” Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups. I started teaching…

Find the Line. Hold the Line.

Find the line. Hold the line. Mountain biking requires the critical skill of scanning the trail ahead to identify the best possible path through oncoming obstacles. The faster one rides, the faster one must scan–and with the flashing lights, shifting shadows, and uneven terrain, identifying a clear line through the rocks and trees and roots…

ADHD: The Key to My Success as an Adult in the Workplace

I’m typing this on my laptop while lying on my living room floor blasting music from Spotify’s Global Top 50 playlist. I can hear the wind blowing through the trees outside and see my dog looking out the window off to my right. I’m distinctly aware of the cars that pass by on the road…

On Women & The Process of Maturing

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and as I went to bed last night, I thought of the many women who have influenced me and made me who I am today. Strong women. Wild women. Passionate women. Beautiful women. I have grown up watching women sacrifice themselves quietly for their families and beliefs. I have seen…

Better Days

Anyone who knows me much at all has probably heard my despair at the inevitability of winter and cold weather. I despise being cold. Really, nine times out of ten, the air conditioning in the summer is excessive and unnecessary. Bring on the sunshine, warm weather, and let the good times roll. But I’m learning…

Everyday Choices

I’ve recently spent a good bit of time missing my life in Tanzania and thinking about how my choices are defining my life here. My life in Fort Wayne, Indiana looks vastly different from my life in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Or a good thing. But it is a…