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o2fitness Reno Spring Cycling camp

The hidden road cyclist in me jumped at the chance to join Julie’s 3-day Spring Training camp in Reno this past weekend.  Comprised of mainly Reno Wheelwomen, plus a couple of brave guys, and me, the 20 of us knew we were in for a tough few days.   The unpredictable April weather cooperated beautifully and we all showed up eager to learn all we could from Julie and get a good boost to our fitness and skills for the upcoming season. Julie’s program for the 3 days was expertly designed with purpose to every pedal stroke; no two days being remotely ...

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Surprising myself - Xterra West Championships

Every year I say I am not going to go to the Xterra West champs in Vegas, but for the 6th year in a row I found it on my schedule.  The course is a little strange, but over the last 6 years I have become familiar enough with it that I'm starting to like it.  It changes slightly each year, for the better I think and I've gradually come to learn how to embrace it's weirdness and race it for what it is.  I've been mixing up Xterra racing with endurance mountain biking for the last couple of seasons ...

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Racing with Big Blue Adventure

Big Blue Adventure events have been the staple of my racing season since I first discovered Xterra in 2009; no, actually it was the year before that when myself and my now husband raced a Big Blue Adventure race at Northstar.  The only glasses I drink out of now are the variety of Big Blue tumblers I have collected for podium finishes over the last 5 years in Xterra's Trail runs, Mountain Bike races and Adventure races.  In that time I have developed hugely both as an athlete and an individual; training and racing is now very much a central part ...

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Racing with confidence - Xterra National Championships

Xterra was a second priority focus for me this year, with my season primarily organised around performing well at Leadville.  The mountain biking season seems to finish really early when it still feels like mid-summer so I had planned after Leadville to jump into the end of the Xterra season and trust that my bike fitness would carry me through.  The plan seemed to be working well, when just a week after Leadville I pulled out the overall win at Xterra Lake Tahoe - the course I raced my first ever Xterra on in 2009.  With 5 weeks to the ...

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Leadville - just the start of the journey

It's difficult to describe the Leadville 100 mountain bike race to anyone who hasn't experienced it first hand.  There is something about it that is hard to put a finger on; I guess it has a similar allure for mountain bikers that the Kona Ironman does for triathletes. Yes, it's a long mountain bike race at high altitude, but a bit like Burning Man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Man, no I've never been) I don't think you really get it until you have raced it yourself.  Some will do it once and that's enough, never again, while others will not be able to wait ...

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