Let’s Talk : Virginia to California

As I stood on the shore, I seemed to feel it all at once. For a moment I saw myself from above. One human being standing on the shores of a piece of land. I had survived one conversation at a time. I had witnessed how things change over time and most importantly, I had discovered how some things stay the same.

Dropping In with Tammy D

I coached for the 10th year in a row at Ray’s Women’s Weekend in Cleveland OH this past February. Over 200 females on bikes took over Ray’s Indoor Bike Park for a day to learn new skills, brush the winter cobwebs off and have some fun riding with other ladies from around the country.

Jay P Update: Iditaord Trail Invitational and Land Run 100

Jay won the Iditarod Trail Invitational 350 Miler in Alaska with a time of 3 days, 3 hours and 29 minutes. It was his third time winning the event. The race played out like a chess match. Jay conserved energy at the beginning as conditions deteriorated until everyone was trudging and pushing their bikes through deep snow.

Returning to the World SKIMO Competition

I head to Piancavallo Italy with the US Ski Mountaineering Team to race the World Championships. I will compete in the Teams event with Jon Brown. We will work together for the 8,254’ ski mountaineering race. Why have I worked so hard at 40 to make the US Ski Mountaineering team again? This time by a margin of 8 seconds that ended with a collapse on the ground at the finish line from shear exhaustion. Why do we push so damn hard in our local amateur races and leave it all on the course? Why get out of bed to jog up a groomer on skis in the cold dark December morning? Why pack the night before, train in the dark, rush to work drinking a protein smoothy to end up changing clothing at least three times in a day, seemingly every day? With all the civil and nobel endeavors one might engage, why live life on the go sweaty, smelly and incessantly active?

Raise The Bar, Raise Some Funds

There’s nothing like a little healthy competition in the office. It helps when you’re slugging away at phone calls and emails to have add extra fire to your footstep. And after the hellish storm cycle from Mother Nature that clearly tested all our spirits out west, there was no question that natural disastrous circumstances make you appreciate your community, and especially those who make it better for all of us. So here’s what happens when you mix all that up and shake it.

New Training Regime, Still Crossing the Finish Line

  On February 21st, I will head to Alpago-Piancavallo, Italy to race in the ISMF World Ski Mountaineering Championships. I will compete in four race formats – the individual race,

A Dream Line Realized: Otterbody Route

A Dream Line Realized: Skiing The Otterbody by Teague Holmes I just left a grip of incredible steep couloirs in Cooke City Montana. It was raining.This is my spring ski

Waiting for Winter

The days are getting shorter, bike shops have changed over to ski and snowboard shops, and your new season pass sits patiently on your dresser. Winter’s close, but throwing on

3 People For The Ride

Henry David Thoreau in his essay Walking states it best, “I do not know of any poetry to quote which adequately expresses this yearning for the Wild.” This right here

Profile: Jessie Diggins

Hi! I’m Jessie. I’m a professional cross country skier. In other words, I sweat, wear spandex and ski uphill for a living! My year looks something like this: starting May 1st, I