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Rain Dance, Open Water Swim Chance

I know, I know. We could really use the rain around here. My husband seeded some bare spots in the lawn a while ago and the seeds nearly blew away like dust in the wind. It seems like it will almost rain, but never quite really. We got some sprinkles yesterday. With Tropical Storm Ernesto [...]

Flu Bug

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Another long weekend on the heels of a tough, stressful week of work and I was concerned about staying healthy during these two important high-volume weeks in my build up to Grand Columbian. The travel last week was the killer, although I suppose that some might suggest that it was the mountain rides with [...]

Hilly Hellacious

Century number three in 15 days! I promised myself I’d do everything I could to stay with one of the front groups this time. This ride is a little different from Blue Ridge Brutal in that there’s a nasty climb about 10-15 miles into the ride that breaks the group up. I got a tip [...]

Mountain Weekend

Yesterday was my birthday, and my gift was a big trip the North Carolina mountains for lots of riding and running. The big ride of the weekend was the Blue Ridge Brutal 100, which was true to it’s name at 101 miles with 12,000 feet of elevation gain. It had been more than a year [...]

You Make it Look Easy!

That’s what a fellow female runner said to me at Umstead last Sunday when I was belting out a hard 10 miler. “Nooooooo….!” I said, or something to that effect. “Not easy at all!” I think I might have laughed between gasps for air. That’s good, though, that it appears easy. Must mean I’m doing [...]

I Believe

One thing that’s struck me a number of times in my multi-sport adventures these past few years is the power of belief. It sounds trite, I know, because it’s been said so much the phrase has nearly lost it’s meaning. Nearly, but not quite.

There’s a significant impact to performance when you believe you can [...]

Hillsborough Bike Fest – 100 miles

Well, I think it was a touch longer than 100, but pretty close. It’s been a few years since I did this ride. Last time, there was the option at 100k to continue on for an additiona 38+ miles to make it a full English century. Not this year. The two routes split at around [...]

Fit And Lean

A quirky bunch, us athletes. Oh so different than the typical highest praise one can offer a female– “You look skinny!” Nope. Not athletes. If we want to tell someone they look light or lean, what do we say? “You look fit.”

Of course, being a little lighter often does mean more fit and [...]

Back to the Pendulum Metaphor for Balance

The funny thing about balance is that if you step way, way back from any situation– balance is inherent. Your pendulum may be swinging wildly in one direction at a particular moment in time, but it doesn’t stay there. It will swing in the opposite direction. That’s what can make correcting these “imbalances” ultra tricky. [...]

Tom Vasiliauskas is My Savior, or I am a Stupid Head.

I was having a good ride today. Legs a little tired, but the temperatures stayed very reasonable in the low 80’s as I pedaled my way to 90+ miles. At my 20-miles to go pit stop, I took off my helmet and sat it next to the bike. Later, I hop the on the bike [...]