I gave up caffeine and this is what happened

Almost 3 weeks ago I poured myself a cup of half-caf coffee, drank half of it, and then said “Damnit!” loud enough that the little one glared at me for interrupting her precious Saturday morning cartoons. It was the day I was supposed to start my 4 week no-caffeine binge prior to Tahoe. When you […] more


Ready for some answers? It’s a primary optic nerve sheath meningioma. Yep, it’s cancer. I HAVE CANCER. *Pausing* as I duck to avoid the copious amounts of hugs/well wishes/screams/grasping hands. *Lifting head*… “is it safe now?” OOPS HERE COMES THE DIET AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS. Wow that was a lot. Is every done yet? Nope HERE […] more

A Little R&R – article republish

This is the second essay I wrote and submitted for consideration of the Jim Steere Scholarship offered to veterinary students through the Ride and Tie Association. I had received the scholarship award the previous year and encouraged, I decided to try my luck again the following year. As previously mentioned, archived issues of the newsletter […] more

A Hot Topic – article republish

Five years ago in 2013 I wrote an essay and submitted it for consideration for the Jim Steere Scholarship offered to veterinary students through the Ride and Tie Association. Recently, archived issues of the newsletter where the article was published were removed from their website. I’ve linked a copy here and republished the text below. […] more

Loco 100k 3×3

This is my favorite ride and run analysis – choosing the top three things that went well…and didn’t. You want your next race to go better than the last? Do this. For those of you that think I’m insane – I had a tech at one of my clinics tell me so adamantly that I […] more

There’s a blister on my ladybits and other stories from Loco100k

“You want me to check WHAT?” my husband looked at me incredulously. Now is probably the time to reiterate that my husband is not an ultrarunner, not a runner, and not interested in how far the limits of a human body can be pushed. Unfortunately he is married to a person who is. “I hate […] more

Toddler Backpacking

  Yes, me and the child shared that one person tent for a night, on her first backpacking trip! She’s 2 1/2 years old, almost 30 pounds, and had gotten through a technical two mile day hike (albeit slowly) on her own two feet, so I decided it was time. I had agreed to take […] more

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