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Olivia’s Big Frog 65 Race Report

PRE-RACE DAY Pre-ride. Chris Shannon and I arrived at the Thunder Rock trailhead parking lot Friday at noon. The trailhead is directly across from the Thunder Rock Campground*. After lunch we headed out for our pre-ride of the course. I wanted to do the first singletrack hill climb right after passing the Ocoee Whitewater Center.

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Olivia’s Boondoggle ’45’ Race Report

Woke up that morning to the sounds of roosters in the distance and the sun shining down. There was no rush in the morning because the race start was not until 10:00 a.m.. Something I am not used to but it was nice to sleep in. We lined up at 9:45 a.m. with the male […]

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Olivia’s Dirty South Roubaix 100k Race Report

It was a fast start. I have never raced a road race before or gravel so this was a little new to me. The pack split right after the truck pulled off the front. I saw one woman stick with the lead pack and attempted to hang on but glanced down at my power and […]

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Olivia’s Red River Gorge MTB 100 Race Report

From the mouth of a novice woman mountain biker: Going into this with 2 major mountain bike races under my belt, I was a still a little nervous for my first 100.  I have completed several 100k’s and training road century’s but this was a different kind of beast.

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3 fears of mountain biking and how to overcome them

As someone just starting out, crashing seems scary. No one wants to get injured, sadly we have day jobs. I know I am always thinking about my hands as a dental hygienist. Some days I cannot overcome this fear and have to realize it or I start making silly mistakes and

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5 Meals That Don’t Require Refrigeration or Cooking

Ever finish a long mountain bike ride and find yourself at your car so hungry? If you are anything like me, when I go on mountain bike trips I am nowhere near restaurants or electricity for that matter. So when I finish my rides I need a hearty meal asap or on comes the “hang-er.” […]

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4 reasons to get on the trainer

I am often asked how I can sit on the trainer for 2-5 hours at a time. Here is what motivates me to just jump on and train. 4 reasons to get on the trainer is an article that I hope can help you find motivation to train indoors.

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Specialized Epic Expert vs. Epic Pro

Its that time of year again. Specialized has released their 2018 models and now we are all searching for a new favorite bike. Most of the buzz is around the Specialized Epic Expert vs. Epic Pro. It is a tough decision between the two. There is only one question that really matters and that is […]

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7 Step Bike Check

This is a “post-ride” inspection. Looking over the bike after a ride gives time to order parts and make repairs before the next ride. The trailhead is not the place to discover mechanical issues. By the time the bike situation get sorted out, your friends have already shredded all the singletrack and are out having […]

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5 Tips for Adventures on a Budget

A common conversation I have: Friend: “Do you ever work?” “How do you afford all these adventures?” Me: “I am frugal with my time and frugal with my money. Here is how you can travel cheaply and frequently too…” I have had this type of conversation many times with friends and acquaintances. They are always surprised […]

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