Showing posts from May, 2014

Women's clinics at Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest

Every year at Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest we do a couple women's only clinics. Having been a beginner mountain biker not that long ago, I'm always excited to be part of this.

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To help encourage women to get out their and ride a mountain bike, this clinic is separated into different ability levels at different stations. You have first timers, intermediates and more experienced riders who are looking to hone in a specific new skill. This year we had an amazing coach, Sue Haywood. If you ever get an opportunity to join one of her clinics, do it!

Sue teaching how to get over logs of different sizes.
My beginners learning the importance of looking ahead.
We also help adjust the bikes to fit better; seat height, brake positions, etc.
Mastering drops station!
The encouragement that surrounds the women's clinics and rides always brings an ear to ear smile to my face. There's no cattiness, no rolling eyes of who has a "cheap"…

Winter gardening success

After one heck of a winter we managed to have a little success in the winter garden. Originally we had four beds dedicated to seedlings. With strong, negative temperature winds the heavy-duty plastic was not enough and slices were ripped in the plastic killing one entire bed. Half of another bed survived under the same circumstance, the half that survived were winter carrots.

We got a few onions, a rouge onion showed up in the carrots and managed to be the largest of the bunch. We also had success in the two other beds; kale, spinach and lettuce.

So, we've been eating salads, sautéed kale and spinach omelets and sautéed veggie bowls for the past month. Little man loves to pull up the carrots and it also helps him want to eat these particular veggies. But it's exhausting.

If you already have established beds, doing the pvc and heavy plastic is a somewhat easy task. Taking care of a winter garden is less of a daily chore than the spring garden. Barely any weeds and the plastic c…

My short time as a waitress...

It was very short lived, only about 5 months, but it's something everybody should do at least once in their life.

A great destination for all types of cyclists.
I took the opportunity to work at a new bicycle themed restaurant/bar to make a little, much needed money. I had never been a server before and was afraid I would fail miserably at the job. And, I did have a few moments of pure failure... Pick up and carry on, right?!...

Armadillo tip. Yes, there was more than $1. 
Anyway, being a server was extremely challenging. I never realized how much you have to remember and I'd forgotten how tiring it is stand on my feet for that 5 hours. There were a few great moments, a funny tip, a nice note, some very patient patrons. But with the good comes the bad, that often you have little to no control over. Now I tip bigger and have more patience as a patron. So, please remember that servers only get $3 an hour, and your tip is their hourly wage.

Behind Dirt Rag's Dirt Fest

Although I let my work consume my time and my youngest see's me as someone who likes to work.  I do take pride in being a part of this once a year mountain bike festival. With roughly 2,000+ attendees and over 50 exhibitors this festival takes multiple hands and hundreds of hours to pull off. There's also 10+kegs and 300+ cases of beer, sponsored rides to organize and make sure they happen, let's not even start on all the permits and policies we have to follow in order to keep this festival going on federal land.

My major role in this festival is the exhibitor area. Laying it out, sponsorships, happy hours, helping companies make a brand impact, etc. But overall, my goal is to help encourage people to ride and keep the industry growing. More people on bikes is a good thing.

Everything starts about two months after the festival ended the year before. Setting dates, getting permits signed, answering companies questions on nabbing a sponsorship before it sells out. When you t…

My Mom likes to work.

My son gave me a homemade card, sort of book thing for Mom's day. It said in it a few times, "My Mom likes to work." That crushed me. Is this how he see's me. Not "My Mom likes to play lego's with me" or "My Mom likes to ride her bike." No. I like to work. Which made me reflect on how we are raising our kids and how I spend my days and nights.

My children are well mannered, most of the time. At the ages of eleven and seven, they have learned some good basic life skills; swimming, riding a bike, sewing, gardening, caring for a pet, being part of the family "team" to keep a clean-ish house, earning money and saving to buy things they really want, etc.

To some of the kids grandparents or extended family we are a little wacky with our parental decisions. Not letting our kids consume masses of processed foods or copious amounts of sugar that is in everything. So they eat plain O's cereal and drizzle honey over it and soda is a serious…