Welcome to Quad Town

  Reunited and it feels so good!    After working 52 hours in the last 3 days, I got to ride my bike tonight.  Me and my lil Surly girl (Her name is Misty) headed out to Tiny Piney for the Wed Night Ride.  I had never ridden this route before…a bit nervous that I…

My Lonely Bike

My Tennessee paramedic license posted this morning.  Engage penny-pinching A-hole NOW.  Work has a whole new feeling…the ISH just got realer than real.  Sunday will be my first shift working as a medic…is it a full moon?  I expect the bottom to fall out of the City of Kingsport.  Let’s do this thang!   On a less…

Just cause you feel it, doesn’t mean it’s there.

The heart is a tricky little monster.  You put so much trust in it.  I mean, come on…it keeps you alive.  It pumps your blood.  It is almost solely responsible for your being.  Why wouldn’t we give our heart everything?  Is there any reason to doubt it?  After 32 years of trying to figure out what…

Apply Rule #5 and Shut Your Mouth

I went to bed last night with the plan of riding my first metric century this morning.  Come hell or high water, my happy ass was getting on the bike and pedaling until the computer said 62.whatever.  I didn’t care what had to happen…mama had a date with her Surly.  First thing I noticed was…

Hurts So Good.

I’m lying in bed. In pain. My ass hurts. My legs hurt. My skin is covered in thorn and stinging nettle scratches. My face hurts from laughing. My tongue hurts from sticking it out like Michael Jordan all day. I have mud on my legs that may never wash off. I’m pretty sure my bruises are forever….

A letter to you…

Dear Mom, Today is the day.  For the last 14 months I have been thinking about it.  Remember when you said I could do anything I put my mind to?  Remember when you told me my gritty determination would get my what I wanted some day?  Well, let’s see if you were right.  I mean,…

What doesn’t kill you…makes you bleed.

Beer.  The best bandaid a girl can get. People are always using that lame-O line, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”.  We just assume “they” are correct…but is there any truth to it?  I’m torn. I had one of my scariest mountain bike crashes yesterday on Bays Mountain.  I wasn’t going particularly fast, but…

Finding my niche…

My biggest struggle since moving back to Tennessee has been finding my place…my niche.  For a decade, I’ve been the little snowboarder girl, ski patroller, snow bunny chick…making my way through life one journey at a time.  My mama used to call me a free spirit.  I got an idea in my head and went…

Today…50 miles. Tomorrow…the world!

Today I reached my first big cycling milestone.  I rode 50 miles.  Doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but it most definitely is.  It took me just under 4 hours to complete.  I was pretty happy with the day…didn’t feel overly tired and had great company.  Greene County is beautiful from the seat of my…