“50 pounds on the dot! Will you look at that precision!” Dan exclaims. “Yes, I guess you could say we have been doing this for a while.” I say as I let out a big, relieving exhale. Dan and I have just completed stage 1 (packing our gear and getting it weighed in at the … Continue reading “What does it take to pack for an Expedition Length Race?”
Beat the heat this summer with the whole family. We found the best kids gear to keep them cool and happy all day long. A comfortable kid in the outdoors is a happy kid, which translates to a happy mom and dad. When summer hits, it’s easy to get your kids out the door. They … Continue reading Best Kids Summer Layers!
"5, 4, 3, 2, 1..... GO!!!!" "Finally!" I exhaled as I started to sprint 500 meters in a crowd of other helmeted runners around me. I had been waiting rather impatiently to hear this countdown. For the entire week before I had a gamut of emotions and feelings swirling within me. "Why am I here … Continue reading 24 Hour World Championships
"The more time I spend up here with Spirit tree, the more I become aware of why he is here" whispered Jason as we woke up. Last night, Max got to blow out 5 birthday candles on his requested strawberry and vanilla cake, open a few presents and stay up extra late (maybe the cake … Continue reading A Night with Spirit B Tree
Dear Spirit B, It’s been five years since I held a wild hawk to my belly, asking you and your brother to give it strength and love. It’s been five years since I held your beautiful purple body, and it’s been five years since I felt the earth shatter beneath my feet - taking my … Continue reading Dear Spirit B
The start “Pinch it off Lars!” “Pinch it off Lars, the race has started!” yelled Dan from outside the bathroom. I stood outside the cafe (where we had just been planning our route on our two sets of maps for the entire race) in a state of total shock that we had even made it … Continue reading Team Bend Racing Adventure Race World Championships Race Report!
I recently wrote a blog for Mission Farms CBD on how we use CBD for racing and recovery. If you have asked me a year ago about CBD, I would not be able to tell you anything other than I had heard it could help with pain. Fast forward a year later, and I am … Continue reading Racing and Recovery
As I lined up for the Oregon 24 hour Nationals Race, I could feel the wave of nerves and emotions coming over me. This would be my first solo event in a few years and only my second 24 hour mtn bike race. Was I ready? Could I push through the struggles with out my … Continue reading We did it- Oregon 24
Prologue (2.5 miles/1000’ gain), by Rea “So, how fast are we going?”“I don’t know, as fast as the fastest the slowest one can go?” A few tears of happy anticipation, a speech that got us all rallied up, Jason’s countdown, and off we went into the first kilometer of the America’s Toughest Race. The first … Continue reading Expedition Oregon 2021 – Americas Toughest Race
Some would say Jason and I have not had the best start to 2021. Two abdominal surgeries for me and then three weeks later Jason got his hip resurfaced. I agree that this does not sound like fun. Having to go under the knife is never great, however for us the timing has worked out … Continue reading Road to Recovery