Submitted by monika@marxcond... on December 7, 2016 - 12:20pm
I am lucky in that I am surrounded by like-minded people. In my business, my home, my personal friendships. Those who love the outdoors and share my passion for the sport of mountain biking.
Typically my existence is nearly fully consumed by this sport. It feeds my family, gives an immense amount of social support and connection, and satisfies my desire for time well spent in the forest. Most holidays are planned with this activity in mind. It enters most conversations I have with my partner at the end of the day over dinner. I visualize it often as I fall asleep at night.
Submitted by monika@marxcond... on September 26, 2016 - 4:54pm
My Concussion Story.
This is a long blog post. But I encourage you to read it, or at least skim. Because some day it might be you that hit your head, or someone you know, care about or even love. And the early days can make a significant difference. Of course, if you don’t want to commit to this entire read, feel free to skip to the end, where I will summarize in point form. To be clear, I suffered a moderate concussion, was unconscious briefly, but no brain bleed.
Submitted by monika@marxcond... on April 1, 2014 - 11:47am
There's a euphoria that presents itself post race, and only then, that everyone should experience at least once. Of course, like a narcotic, it can quickly become addictive and you may actually begin to crave it. A hard trainer workout, face paced group ride, one rep max deadlift, all these things never approach what happens after you give an all out effort in the face of competition over a sustained period of time. Very little else shows you what you're really made of.
Submitted by monika@marxcond... on February 5, 2014 - 12:47pm
Without challenges, the human body will soften. We thrive when we push our boundaries, reach goals, and blast personal records. We perform better, we look better, and we feel alive.
Get this straight: you're either progressing or regressing. There is no maintenance phase. Moderation in training can easily turn into stagnation. And moderation is for sissies. So if we want to improve, we have to seek out new challenges, struggle, and win. Dan John
Submitted by monika@marxcond... on February 26, 2013 - 9:17am
I’ve been working in this industry for awhile. Started early in my career at a big box gym, where the new members were sold personal training as if it were the next coming of Christ. The majority of clients were seeking weight loss, and unfortunately spent too many hours watching reality television. It would be just like The Biggest Loser – right? Pounds dropping off every week, emotional outpourings, life changing experiences, new relationships…..