What happens when mental fatigue and brain fog start impacting every part of your life? If you only had a small percentage of your brain to work with, what would you do? Get frustrated and give up? Or try and use what you did have to the best of your ability? I had to learn to be more efficient with that small amount of brain power I had left that wasn’t busy healing my body. Doing what I’d always done in the same way but less often wasn't the way forward. Trauma happens in everyday life, and it changes the brain. But so does healing. Here’s how I started healing my brain.
Courage is not the absence of fear
After my accident, surgery, and subsequent time in the hospital, I was allowed to go home. I thought the hardest times were behind me. I was wrong.
Cycling vs Tree: Fractured
On Boxing Day I was involved in a cycling accident on gravel roads where I skidded out and hit a tree. Here is my story. Side note: do not try this at home.
If you can’t be fit, at least be fresh
(def) Start doing something too soon, act too hastily. For example, Tiffo jumped the gun on riding an Audax 600; it shouldn't have happened for another two months when she had trained more. Good thing Audax has a ride so aptly named so early in the season that allows us to do 'stupid things'...
Will lab rat for data
If you were given the chance to get a lab test on your heart and your fitness, would you take it up? Or is it better, as well as less confrontational, just riding on feel. I took the opportunity to get myself tested, but I wasn't quite prepared for how I'd react to it. Warning: this post contains data.
The Oppy: a 24 hour festa di bici
The Oppy is a unique 24 hour team time trial in which teams ride a route of their own choosing to a common finishing point. The minimum distance required is 360km. I bet we could go further if we planned an all night bike party. Here's how the 'festivities' played out.
A lot of recovery with some riding in between
The Audax Super Randonneur award was established by Audax Club Parisien in 1977. It consists of a Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux series: 200 km, 300 km, 400 km, 600 km, all completed in the same Randonneur year. Or, in this case, in one four week block.
2020 should have come with a trigger warning
Hearing that the podcast I'd done with Sparta Chicks was the 2nd most popular episode of the year has really made me reflect on how much 2020 has changed me. So this is a bit of a deep dive into what I've worked on and learned this year. And it's not only about cycling.
Just because I can doesn’t mean I should
I went into this Everest with clarity of focus, iron clad will, and a calm (anxiety free) outlook. But the planets didn't align on this one, and when my body screamed at me to stop I actually listened this time. So how important is this DNF? And why should I celebrate it?
It ain’t over till it’s over: 1/2 Everesting (Basecamp)
The concept of an Everesting basecamp is fiendishly simple: Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and ride repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 4424m. Riding it off-road adds some unique challenges though.