Pedaling Beyond My Doubts: Colorado Venus de Miles

August 27, 2014

Y’all, voting is STILL going on for the USA Today’s Best Outdoor/Travel Blogger contest! I’m still in third place….but just barely! Voting continues through September 1, so I’d love your continued support to help keep me in the top three. Thank you again!


Years ago, cycling was my jam. I pedaled 3,893 miles across the country {to be exact!} and could tackle daily century rides with 30# paniers like it was no big deal. It was what I did and truthfully, the sport always came easy to me.

Flash forward to the present and while cycling is still a hobby, my days spent on two wheels are few and far between. Gone are the days where I hit the road for hours on a Saturday morning or spend my Friday evenings hugging tight single track. There was no reason and no explanation; I love cycling, but I’m not as smitten as I once was. The endless road biking hours grew interminable and the mountain bike crashes continued to remind me of my mortality. Continue Reading…


Gear Friday: The Good, The Great, and Not My Style

August 22, 2014

We’ve chatted before and y’all know I have my toe pretty deep in the proverbial pond of the gear testing world. And while it clearly has its perks, the negatives do exist. Gear is expensive, regardless of the sport, so why waste money on something that isn’t going to make you happy?

Quite a few of you expressed interest in a “gear I’m not loving” post, and I am happy to oblige! However, here is the thing: there truly aren’t too many products that I abhor. Sometimes I will dislike the fit; other times, I am simply indifferent. In the end, I’m willing to share the good, the bad and the unnecessary in the hopes that you guys will trust my opinions the next time you fork over the cash for a pair of sneakers. Continue Reading…


I Am #OmniTen: The Movie

August 20, 2014

Remember way back in 2012 when I received the mysterious box from Columbia Sportswear, informing me that I was a part of their inaugural OmniTen?

{I can barely remember that far too.}

Since then, my journey with Columbia has been a whirlwind! First, we went to Havasupai for the Season #1 trip. I jumped off waterfalls, hiked into canyons, and most importantly, met the man I will marry. Continue Reading…


Backpacking Tips for Beginners

August 18, 2014

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who pledged their support to me for the USA Today “Best Hiking and Travel Bloggers” contest! I appreciate all of your votes more than you know. Voting is still happening so feel free to pop over and vote today!


Learning to backpack is intimidating. Sure, enthusiasts will tell you “It’s easy!” and “People are so friendly!” And while that is all certainly true, it is tough to jump into a new sport while trying to muddle through the gear and the lingo, all while huffing and puffing and attempting to not get lost on the trail. Continue Reading…


Gear Friday: The Reebok Nano 4.0

August 15, 2014

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok

I received my first pair of Nanos back in November, 2012 when I visited Reebok HQ to participate in a WOD. I had just begun CrossFit the month prior and until that point, had been using my trusty cross-training sneakers for my workouts at Big Horn.

It was love at first rope climb! Continue Reading…