Mountain Bike Commute :: Cat Encounter

I am one of few people in the World who can say, “I ride my mountain bike to work, on dirt.” It is hands down the best part of my job. How many people can say their commute is the best part of their job? Each ride, morning and evening, provides me with an adventure. […]

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Persian Onager 2013 Furnace Creek 508 :: The Trona 353

Is this what dying of cancer feels like? You’re under water. Someone is pushing your head down. In the middle of the ocean the waves give way to tiny breaths of air. You cough in water. The ocean– a womb and a tomb at once. You tread water, going nowhere but you know the end. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving from mtbchick.com

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re heading to the mountains for Thanksgiving this year– with a Camp Chef stove, boxes of fresh food from the local farmer’s markets, mountain bikes, tents, bouldering gear and friends. We hope you enjoy your family and friends and have time to reflect on all that is good in your life. Make this […]

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Furnace Creek 508 :: Persian Onager :: Course Recon, 2 September 2013

I unfurl my yoga mat onto the cool concrete of the patio. I assume Thunderbolt position, sitting on the tops of my feet, and I take a deep breath. To my left, my road bike, a gear bag, tool bag, backpack filled with electronic devices, cooler bag filled with bottles of Skratch and rice cakes, […]

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Summer 2013 :: mtbchick loves summer!

Summer was filled with thrills and spills, food, fun and many, many miles of smiles.

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Idling in Idyllwild :: Mountain Bike Camping

Camping, gourmet food and supreme singletrack make Idyllwild one of my best memories of 2012. A not-so-well known mountain bike race is is hosted annually for singletrack seekers. A classic course for classic mountain bikers…

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mtbchick in the kitchen :: Paella Valencia in Cast Iron

Having spent my formative years in Spain, my definition of comfort food includes the intricate delicacy of Paella, yet I have never made the leap to attempt a Paella of my own. Now that I have a Camp Chef outdoor stove, there is absolutely no excuse for not giving it a go. Plans were made. […]

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Whiskey Now, Whine Later :: 2012 Whiskey Off Road Pro Race blog by Tonya

My goal for the 2012 Whiskey Off Road was to shave 30 minutes from my 2011 time. I managed to finish the Whiskey Off Road 2011 in just over 4 and a half hours. 4 Hours seemed a lofty goal at the time, but I knew I could manage. I would be back to the […]

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The Wrong Ending :: Cancer Sucks

16 April 2012 No. This is not correct. This is not the way the story goes. The ending is too soon. Chapters are missing. The story, which began about 3 months ago, was one of courage, valor, and strength. One of a woman who had overcome, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally, the ravages […]

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The Unbearable Lateness of Being :: The Anatomy of a Bike Commute

The last thing I thought I’d do when I moved to Southern California was sit in a car all day trying to get to work and back home. Although I spent a few shorts months commuting from Altadena to Woodland Hills one or two times per week, and again a few short months driving to […]

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