The Filthy 50 events did NOT disappoint. I got to race with my 8yo for the first time, and we encountered many of the fun and scary things that often happen on gravel rides.
I’m determined to keep pushing myself forward and not letting suggested limitations or timelines hold me back. I will listen to and respect my body but push when I am able, but now is not the time to give up. I’m just getting started.
“Interesting,” I thought, “my left big toe feels a little tingly. Hmmmm. Well, it’s cold outside, maybe I’m just cold? Yeah, I’m just cold…”
I wanted to know what I could do to lower the load on my spine going forward. The surgeon looked straight at me and said “Lose weight. Make your stomach smaller. Work on your core strength.” I nodded in agreement.
I’m at that place in recovery where I don’t hit “major milestones” every three days like I did closer to surgery. Things are going well, but I miss the constant excitement of achieving something new multiple times a week, so I decided to rectify that situation. I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire and I’m feeling good about things.
Man, where do I even start with this story (bike thieves, loss, and karma)? Or the other important thing I want to talk about (mental health)?
A few people asked how I survive long trainer rides, so I wrote about the general things I think about as well as what I specifically did last weekend on an indoor 3+ hour, 50 mile ride.
I’m exactly two months out from spinal fusion, and already I can ride more than I could before surgery. Check out the post for details on my progress!
How to build your own PVC bike rack: a blog including plans, specs, and final results
This post covers how I train for “long distance” or multi-day rides, covering training plans, nutrition, gear, and recovery!
When you can’t do much actual riding, you have too much time on your hands to sit around and dream about new bikes, pore over their specs, scrutinize geometries, and conjure up visions of your glorious return to riding outdoors. Trust me.
I’m 5 weeks post spinal fusion – it’s been a bumpy road but in general my trajectory is up!
I’ve been in my head a lot lately during my recovery process, and one of the things that struck me hard today was that often, how I feel about a situation is decided by my vantage point, not the actual facts about the situation.
I have a DAMn secret to share (the DAMn race is just over 2 weeks away!!) but first let’s go through a quick rundown of my aggressive, and former, cycling goals for 2017.
Folks who have high pain tolerance, who run snow marathons on shattered heels and just deal with the pain because isn’t distance running supposed to hurt?!, don’t often make convincing cases to their doctors when they say “something hurts”
… I have seen over and over again that sometimes, stepping out into the unknown with purpose brings you the best things in your life, and happiness you neither expected nor thought you deserved.