This Year Feels Different | 25 Apr 2018

My main take-away from this year’s “warm-up” race at Sea Otter: It is interesting (and interestingly satisfying) to do a race and feel like your expectations are actually in line with reality. That is a fancy way of saying that … (more...) [0 comments]

Six Ways to Peel a Banana (Or A Rock Garden) | 31 Jan 2018

The truth is, no matter how bad things are, no matter how big of a rough patch you are going through, you almost always have some options. (more...) [0 comments]

Stop Wasting Your Failures | 2 Sep 2017

Winston Churchill said “Never waste a good crisis” and the same is true for a good failure. Failure can break you. I know this from experience. But it can also be a catalyst, an opportunity, and as such, a secret weapon. (more...) [1 comments]

Breaking Points | 4 Aug 2017

I hit a breaking point two weeks ago at National Champs. I went into the race tired — I had done some solid training in Ohio at my parents’ house the week leading up to the race, and while I … (more...) [6 comments]

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Gone Viral, an Update | 4 Jun 2017

I think the most important take-away from this situation is that if you keep thinking to yourself “I know I’m better than this,” then, well, maybe you are. (more...) [2 comments]

Ask Syd: Should MTB Coaches Have Race Experience? | 14 May 2017

This question from Jess came at really good time, as I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about WHY I race, and how important that really is to me. I figured I’d post my answer up as it might be helpful, or at least discussion-provoking. (more...) [2 comments]

When To Quit a Bike Race | 30 Mar 2017

This was a race to see how hard I was willing to push myself simply to finish a race. (more...) [2 comments]

Why I’m Reframing the Way I Think About Results | 10 Mar 2017

Last year, I let racing get under my skin. I let it undermine the things that I love about riding bikes and training and being an athlete. I let myself think that I deserved better, when in fact, I have so much already. (more...) [4 comments]

When You’re Tough Enough | 23 Aug 2016

The lesson I’ve been learning this year is that being tough, while admirable, does not make you fast. And also, and perhaps more importantly, I’m already tough enough. (more...) [15 comments]