Just one of those days…

What do you do when you show up to your A race of the season, the gun goes off, and you just don’t have any legs?  This year’s USAC Marathon MTB National Championship returned to the rocky trails of Gambrill State Park and the Watershed in Frederick, Maryland. After racing there in 2021, I made…

Virginia State Marathon MTB Championship

What a day! This weekend, the 2022 Virginia State Marathon MTB Championship took place in Palmyra, Virginia–an incredible event hosted by the team at RVA Racing. I went into the event cautiously optimistic. I was nervous because I know that Virginia is home to an incredibly strong group of women Mountain bikers, and because I…

World Cup Debut: Snowshoe XCO 2022

Since 2019, I have turned my focus towards marathon mountain bike races, generally competing in events ranging from three to eight hours in length. As such, my training centers around developing a strong “diesel” engine: a steady sweet-spot pace that I can maintain for hours at a time, putting in hard efforts for the occasional…

#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…

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…

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…