I Almost Quit Racing Last Year | 12 Sep 2018

By being open to the possibility of not racing, I gave myself the space to recognize that I actually do want to race. I do want to be here. (more...) [3 comments]

Breaking the Excuse Loop | 29 Aug 2018

“Don’t make excuses” is probably a top ten sports psychology (and life) advice, yet all you have to do is spend 10 seconds with a bike racer to realize that almost everyone ignores the hell out of that advice. (more...) [11 comments]

The Bears on Your Trail | 22 Aug 2018

Before the first stage of the Montana Enduro Series round in Jackson last weekend, I had the following conversation: Race official: There’s a bear on the trail. Me: A big bear? Guy in front of me: Is it a nice … (more...) [2 comments]

Here’s the Deal with Expectations | 8 Aug 2018

Reflections on this year’s Downieville Classic, my first XC race in four years. (more...) [2 comments]

Reflections on Celebrating a Win | 25 Jul 2018

So, I finally won a pro level race this past weekend. And, naturally, the minimizing started almost immediately. (more...) [4 comments]

Eight Pieces of Advice for My Former Self | 18 Jul 2018

I would love to rewind a few years and give my former self a serious shake — and the following eight bits of advice. Since I don’t have a time machine, this is a purely hypothetical exercise, but I suspect there are at least a few of you out there in a similar position to where I was five years ago. So, this one’s for you. (more...) [2 comments]

A Case of the “Whys” | 11 Jul 2018

Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself coming down with a case of the “whys.” Call it what you want – a mid-summer existential crisis, or just the July doldrums — but I keep finding myself sitting around asking the same damn question. Why? (more...) [7 comments]

My Full-Face Doesn’t Make Me Safer | 4 Jul 2018

My full-face isn’t what makes me safe on a bike. My skills, experience and decision-making do that, and they do it way better than any face-shaped piece of plastic (more...) [2 comments]

No More Training Races | 27 Jun 2018

I decided that if I was going to race in Crested Butte I was going to do it properly. I wouldn’t set any huge expectations in terms of results — after all, you can’t peak for every single race — but I would treat it like a race. (more...) [2 comments]