Richfield, Minnesota [Alexander380]

I’m barely awake from a night spent sleeping in the back of my Honda Element. I wrapped up my 390+ mile traverse of Minnesota last night around 6:30 p.m. and was radiating from post-race endorphins. I fueled up with a Subway sandwich and hit the road thinking I was fine to make the 3-hour drive…

Laona, Wisconsin [Bear 108]

Relief flooded her as she hopped in her Element to ride a century in Northwoods Wisconsin. The semester finally ended and she was free from the stress of academia. She thought this wasn’t her greatest semester to date; she’d ended up with 2 C’s, her first grades lower than a B (of which she only…

Cloquet, Minnesota [AZTR 300 Intent]

He asked her “do you actually like yourself?” He was serious, deadpan even, as her hand traced the skin from his Herculean shoulders, shoulders he’d carved with commitment. How she adored him, tracing her fingers through his chest hair inch by inch, to his firm belly and back, and forth, over and over again. She stopped to…

Ishpeming, Michigan [The Polar Roll]

Negative balance. Fuck. It’s been years since she’d seen that little red alert in her bank account. Her scholarship check hasn’t deposited into her account yet; it should’ve been there weeks ago. She’s used to working; blue collar from birth. It’s an identity that fits her too. In fact, this past year is the first…

Tucson, Arizona [everesting]

Redington Road Everest Just east of Tucson proper, Tanque Verde road rolls away from civilization. It’s a minor magnet that pulls you into one of the few places in which water flows in the desert; drop down the slopes to the east and you’ll find water, even pools, in the wash.  As you traverse past…

Ishpeming, Michigan [Marji Gesick 100]

I don’t know how to race for only one day. What is my maximum effort? How long can I ride hard? So many questions, but this insecurity is good. When was the last time you did something you deem scary? I’m so new to racing, but I’ve fallen madly in love with it. This would…

Cloquet, Minnesota [Smoke-N-Fire 420]

  I scraped together what little money I had left to buy a last minute ticket to Boise for the most important race of the year. I’d been watching ticket prices fluctuate from $700+ to $400, wondering how I could possibly make it out west one last time. A few days before the race, I…

nishwaaswi

I am working on my SNF post which will be ready soon, but I’ve been diligently trying to keep on top of school work these days. The eighth, and final race of my 8-in-28 goal (my birthday was last weekend, but eh, it’s my birthday week I say) is the Marji Gesick 100 mile race…

niizhwaaswi

Derailleurs keep my cadence proper, even in my head these days. They’ve been a great crutch for me. When I feel my knees start to blow, shift. When I’m spinning like a turbine, shift. When my heart doesn’t know better, shift. Sometimes that cable stretches just like I warned would happen and I need a…

Homeward bound

Maybe words will never adequately describe my love for these epic traverses. As I scrambled up Indian Ridge with Jim, he humbly shrugged while I welled up with tears. He knew these trails well; I’d never seen something so powerful. I couldn’t help but stop to bask in the glory. I love Bikepacking with all…