I'm a wife, 'mom' to a pack of 4 huskies, an athlete, a nutrition student, and a director of the non-profit www.bikelikeagirl.org. I hope to enlighten people on the world of food and nutrition, on training, racing, and riding bikes, and on keeping life in balance.
I'm a wife, 'mom' to a pack of 4 huskies, an athlete, a nutrition student, and a founder of the non-profit Bike Like a Girl. I hope to enlighten people on the world of nutrition, on training, racing, and riding bikes, and on keeping life in balance.
I wasn’t in Maui in 2016 for the last mud-fest, so I did not have those memories with me when I lined up to race. Everyone knew it was going to be a long day on the course, and that there was going to be hiking involved, and each had to decide how they were going to personally get the best of themselves on that day - really no different from the approach to any race.
Many athletes I know need to be told to take an off season, do some different things, not feel the need to ‘train’ every day, and let the body and mind get fresh and excited for the next season. Not me, and definitely not this year – I was more than ready for winter. I wasn’t physically tired, or injured or sore – my body was holding up just fine, but the spark to train and race had gone.
I just got back from Prescott, AZ where I finally got to be a part of the Whiskey 50 event in Prescott, Arizona. I'd heard about this event a few years ago and finally put it on my schedule this year. I will also be racing their other events in Grand Junction in May, and also here almost on my doorstep in Carson City in June.
We are all busy people, and when we want to priritise having good quality, nutritious food to eat every day, it's sometimes a chore to find that time every day, but there are strategies that can help. I find the key is dedicating a small amount of time once or twice a week to planning and prep.
Now that I'm partway through my Masters degree in Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition, with a few years also of training as a committed endurance athlete and experimenting with my own diet, I've been asked a few times recently for advice on what we should and shouldn't be eating, both for general good health, weight management, and also for athletic performance. There is a lot of information out there, lots of research, and lots of opinion, and the only thing I know for sure is that the specific answer to this is different for everybody, and indeed different depending on that person's goals and where they are at in life.