What Are You DOING?!

I don’t how I do it, I don’t know why I agree, but somehow every season I get roped into and signed up for some sort of race. This year while volunteering at an adventure race in Ohiopyle, PA, my friend Ashley offered a comp entry into an X-terra she’s coordinating—THREE WEEKS FROM NOW. Time to get training.


            I’ve never claimed to be fast. I’ve never claimed that I’m going to win anything. I always just take pride in the fact that I’m out there trying. This morning I got on my mountain bike and took off for the Deep Creek State Park. Hopped on the trail and was quickly humbled by all the rocks, roots and technical ground I was covering. I got off and walked.

            The hill I climbed was on foot not by peddle. The hill I descended was on foot while pumping my squeaky brakes. I again had to cross the trail lifting the bike up a foot to clear the big rocks that I’m not skilled enough to ride. But at one point I looked up from the ground, steady with my footing, and noticed I was alone. I was out there on the trail alone. I was out there. That’s more than a lot of people I know can say about their morning.

            It didn’t matter that I wasn’t yet good enough to bunny hop over the ‘boulders’, or that my legs had a hard time pumping up the incline. I was in the woods, swatting the flies, sweating through my shirt, getting dirt on my legs doing it and loving it. What are you doing?



Seen on my ride

Seen on my ride



Travel to the race site today is going to be stressful. I cannot believe the weekend is here! I’m stoked, terrified, STERRIFIED. Just like last times.


A HUGE thanks to all the people who listened to me whine and complain during this training. Buddha knows it didn’t go as planned (does it ever?)


Thanks to Hal and all the boys I miss at Rogue Valley Runners, Got the visor and plan on rocking it like a boss in gnarville tomorrow!!


Send me some energy if you’ve got some extra. I start 5am Saturday February 2nd, THAI TIME!


RVR style

RVR style