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
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
Top of the stunning Ogden, UT bike course. The playground and proving grounds fortunate locals, ENVE composites bike wizards, and Xterra athletes
The 2014 Xterra off-road triathlon US national championship marked both the end of my season and the beginning of my journey as a professional off-road triathlete. The stunning Ogden, UT area is a worthy venue for the annual event drawing a world-class professional field as well as the best amateur racers from across the country. Continue reading
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Rocky Knob might be the most progressive bike park in NC. There is something to challenge and thrill riders of all skill levels.
For any mountain biker in or passing through the Boone, NC area, Rocky Knob Bike Park is a can’t miss experience. Continue reading
Pictures and words can’t encapsulate the majesty and grandeur of Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains
They say you don’t count the days in the mountains, but I’m clinging on to them for dear life. Some very generous family members are letting me stay in their cabin near Boone, NC for a few weeks. I’m dividing my days between education consulting work with an unbeatable view, and lung searing training leading up the XTERRA USA National Championship. Continue reading
After training and racing this season on their 29er all-mountain rims, it’s clear that ENVE stands well above the competition
ENVE composites makes some of the most sought after carbon road and mountain bike wheels and components in the bike industry. Unlike their competitors, who predominantly outsource manufacturing to China, all ENVE carbon rims are made in the USA at their headquarters in Ogden, UT. Renowned for quality, dependability and innovation, their products help triathletes and cyclists of all persuasions continually push performance boundaries. Knowing all this, I was floored when I won the 2013 XTERRA ENVE Performer of the Year award. Continue reading