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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…