The distinctive red clay of North Carolina and beautiful blue skies make the perfect backdrop for the unique prominence of Pilot Knob, towering above the Piedmont.
To celebrate the first day of Spring I headed out to Pilot Mountain State Park, my favorite road riding locale in North Carolina’s Piedmont region. If you haven’t already, check out my first post on Pilot Mountain here. Continue reading for a photo essay of a perfect spring day in the saddle.
2012 Olympian and 2x Costa Rican National Champion Leonard Chacon crushing a beach segment of the bike course in route to winning the 2014 men’s title. Photo credit: Andres Vargas – Xterra Costa Rica / Lead Adventure Media
On Sunday March 29th a stellar international field of professional off-road triathletes as well as hundreds of adventurous amateurs will test their limits at the Xterra Costa Rica off-road triathlon championship. It will be my first triathlon of the year, and my first time racing outside of the US. Continue reading
My top-ten favorite vegetables and the ten bold Roots hummus flavors produce 100 unique veggie & hummus pairings.
I eat a lot of snacks. With two to four workouts a day, I need to refuel after each one without being too full for the next. I am always looking for different healthy and tasty ways to get some wholesome nutrition in quick. I don’t always have time to fix recipes, even easy ones, so I often resort to shoveling in hummus straight from a bowl. Varying both the flavor of hummus and the delivery method, though, keeps it from becoming monotonous. Continue reading
Carpe diem. Few scenes in nature compare to that of the sun rising over the ocean.
After several mountain trips in Western North Carolina last year (Rocky Knob Bike Park, Boone, and Boone again) we got the itch for some weekend getaways to the North Carolina coast in 2015. Just one of the benefits of living in NC. Our favorite spot is the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area just south of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. It boasts miles of uncrowded pristine coastline and is a bird watchers delight. Pelican, Tern, Seagull, Sindpiper, and Willet sightings are almost a sure bet. Continue reading
Taking a moment to appreciate my surroundings at Eno River State Park. “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike” -John Muir
Sans bugs and crowds, the winter months are a perfect time to explore the awe inspiring and tranquil natural places in and around Durham County. Some great places to start are the Duke Forest and Eno River State Park. Click through to see more of the exceptional wilderness on hand. Continue reading
Following Ryan Thompson’s lead at the Richmond pump track. Learning to pump with my legs, and not just my arms, to build free speed. This work immediately translated to more flow out on the trail.
Contrary to the onslaught of bike industry advertising, the most surefire way to mountain bike faster, more safely, and with maximal enjoyment is to upgrade your skills, not your bike. Books, articles, and ads targeting cross country mountain bikers and off-road triathletes that emphasize aerobic conditioning, nutrition, strength training, gadgets and equipment over actual mountain biking skills are putting the cart before the horse. Continue reading
Three simple ingredients
Since well before joining the Roots family late last year, I’ve used hummus as a quick, delicious snack to refuel after training and throughout the day. Now that I have Roots in my fridge at all times, I’ve tried to move beyond just shoveling it straight in using whatever nearby raw vegetable I can find — although let’s be honest I do still do that quite a bit — to become more creative in my consumption. Although hummus, broccoli, and quinoa may seem like pretty straightforward foods on their own, they combine to make a quick, satisfying dish that’s great for vegans and omnivores alike. Continue reading
The tranquil still of winter in the wooded slopes along Coralville Lake
Squire Point and Woodpecker trails form a 6-mile network meandering along wooded slopes on the banks of Coralville Lake. A short drive from Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty and Solon, the trails are a local favorite, serving as a natural refuge amidst rapidly expanding commercial and residential developments in the area. Continue reading
Scenery about as good as it gets on the Pleasant Green road climb in Orange County NC
After a long, hot summer I always look forward to cooler weather, a harvest bounty at the farmers market, and the explosion of fall color. Here are some leaf season shots I took during recent bike ride around Durham and Orange county. Continue reading
The Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza II torque wrench helps me breathe easy after bike assembly and adjustments, especially with all the carbon bits and pieces
Small details matter in mountain bike racing. Racers spend countless hours training their bodies, tweaking their bikes, scrutinizing the course, line selection, tire selection, tire pressure, race strategy, nutrition, on and on.
Small details can make all the difference between a perfectly functional bike and a race ending mechanical. With this in mind, I was thrilled to join Effetto Mariposa’s athlete team in 2014. Continue reading