Longevity in Sport and Life: The Tools You Need – Part One

Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are. – Muhammad Ali

You aren’t old until age becomes your excuse. – Joe Friel


It’s official. I’m in my fifth decade. Just thought I’d get that out of the way. So far, it's going rather well. Well enough that I feel obliged to share what I think is working for me so far.

The Art of Injury

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.

My Concussion Story

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.

How It Happened.

Are You Really Doing All You Can?

Something said the other day on a mountain bike ride got under my skin.

"No matter what I do, I can't get faster".

What Does Strength Mean to You?

Guest Blog by Siobhan Fox, Photos by Ash Kelly

Dirty Duo Sentiments: Why Everyone Should Race

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.

Put It Out There Challenge

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

Sometimes It's the Simple Things - Ride Slow, and Get Faster

How an endurance block can make a big difference and fast.

You Must Be So Fit

I’m so envious of your life – you must be so fit!  You must work out all the time!

If I had a dollar for every time someone has said this to me….


The pursuit of strength

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…..

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