August 6, 2014

Bend Global Solidarity Ride


The brave women of the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team have a mission: to break through the gender barriers that exist in their country and around the world by riding their bikes. 

Liv supports the team's efforts and is proud to be part of an upcoming event called the Global Solidarity Ride. Scheduled to take place on August 30, all around the world, this is a way for us all to show the women of Afghanistan that they are not alone in their revolutionary actions.

We will meet at Backporch Coffee Roasters, in the Century Center, at 9am, and depart at 9:30am. We will be doing the Twin Bridges loop (with shorter options available of course).

I will provide maps, motivation, CLIF Bar nutrition, and CamelBak Podium Bottles. And rumor has it, there will be a bacon hand-up along the way.

Please click here to preview the route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5612391 

June 12, 2014

The Official, Unofficial Blitz to the Barrel

Photo: Bill Warburton

The last month has felt just like this image. A blur of color and light and speed.

I have been racing in Oregon, training, working, camping with friends, and getting ready for some National level races in late June and July - and I have been looking forward to the Blitz to the Barrel - an amazing event put on by Erik and the All Access Team!

A forest fire started last weekend, dangerously close to Bend, and resulted in forced trail closures, thus the postponement of the Blitz. We are fortunate that the winds were on our side and for the incredible work of so many hardworking firefighters.  The fire is now under control and most of the trails have reopened.

While the official Blitz wasn't held, we did hold the official, unofficial Blitz on Wednesday and raised a glass (of a classy can of Rainier) to Erik and all the sponsors of the B2B. It was a great night full of smiles, laughter, beer, and riding bikes.

An all star crew!

May 8, 2014

ENVIE

The sun came out, the leg warmers came off, and I pedaled my new bike, ENVIE.  Shiny new shoes, long shadows and intervals. A beautiful day on all counts.  

Whether pedaling on asphalt or single track - a smile crosses my face as I feel my lungs working, my legs pumping, and my mind free of all clutter; made clear by the blue sky, fresh air, and the smell of last night's rain.

Central Oregon. Spring. Perfection.


May 5, 2014

Back At It. April in a nutshell.

April has come and gone, and much has transpired.

I started the month lamenting that I missed the first three big races of the year, Mellow Johnny’s, Bonelli, and Fontana. Then I got over myself and decided to look forward, instead of back, and get down to business.

I spent 11 day sunny days in Anderson California, climbing up amazing roads, applying massive amounts of sunscreen to my pasty white legs, and cooking meals for a training camp put on by Powered by Bowen. 

This experience presented the opportunity to meet a number of top notch individuals, ride my bike in 80 degree weather, and spend some time with Brig, my coach, but also my friend, and someone from whom I always learn something.

I raced - three times - at Mudslinger, Bear Trap Springs, and Coast Hills Classic; all part of the Oregon XC Mountain Bike Series.  Each race presented its own unique challenges, but all had two things in common.

1)      When I crossed the line, I was covered, from head to toe, in mud. One expects this from Mudslinger.  Bear Springs Trap offered a full-on snowstorm and winter–like temperatures.  Coast Hills Classic was held in Newport, on the Oregon Coast, and meet us with gale force winds and sheets of solid rain. But it was warm rain, so this was a nice change from the previous week's frozen fingers.

2)      Kalla (aka The Lust) was freaking amazing.  I love this bike, and together we took the win at each race.

Racing in Oregon is great fun; full of familiar faces, great smiles, encouraging words and friends. I love racing in this environment, but I am feeling the need to dive into something deeper.  I may have missed the first three ProXCT races, but that doesn't mean I can’t jump into the remaining four. I am excited, nervous, and anxious for what lies ahead and have a few more Oregon races, including Blitz to the Barrel, to get myself ready for the first of these races in Missoula, MT.

I can’t thank Erik, All Access, and Brig enough for their strength, confidence, and constant belief. Sometimes life throws you a hurdle (aka Clive Ellis); you either come to a screeching haul, or figure out how to jump over it. I have chosen the later (no real shock there) and am grateful to so many people for their support.

Onward!

None of this racing stuff would be possible without support from Erik Eastland, All Access, Liv/Giant, Rolf Prima, Clif Bar & Company, Sunnyside Sports, Udo’s Oil, Giro, REP Lap, Smith Optics, Hutch's, and of course my #1 -  Ben.




April 15, 2014

Eat This With a Spoon

 
Chocolate Almond Butter - It is really that good.

1 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted almonds

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp pure maple syrup

Place almonds into the vitamix or food processor. Blend until almonds become a paste, but leave some crunch for good measure.

Add coconut and blend until well combined.

Add chocolate chips, cocoa powder, salt and maple syrup and blend until smooth as you like.

Eat with a spoon, or on oats, or on toast, or smeared on a banana.

Store at room temperature.

March 26, 2014

Wear sunscreen. Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Watch this everyday. It could change your life.

Wear sunscreen

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.

March 12, 2014

Breaking Up With Clive Ellis

First Ride Back - All Smiles
Two and a half weeks ago I learned I had an evil gremlin (aka a large ovarian tumor) inside my body.  I named him Clive Ellis. I really didn't like Clive Ellis. He had to go.

I was planning to jump on a giant bird and fly to Texas for Mellow Johnny’s a few days later to kick off the 2014 racing season. Instead, I was meeting with the doctor and scheduling surgery.

Talk about a curve ball.

With the support of Ben, my family, and a few dear friends, I refocused my energies on kicking Clive Ellis' butt.

A week ago Monday, I broke up with Clive Elise. Three small incisions and out he went. I underestimated the assault surgery would have on my body and I spent four days on the couch, walking slowing and carefully, snuggling up with Piper and being ever grateful to my Mom who spent the week with me; taking care of me and reassuring me that I would feel better, if I was patient. She was right.  Thanks Mom.

Yesterday, I got the official pathology report and Clive Ellis was benign.  I also got the "ok" to pedal my bike. I rode and it was brilliant.  Brilliant not because the sun was shining and the mountains were basking in all their glory; brilliant because I was reminded of the gift I have been given; the gift of this life, this experience, this community, this body. The human spirit is strong, the body is resilient, and my heart is on fire.


Onward.