“Lost AF in the forest” aka Yuba Gold 50k

Seven runners get into a shuttle van to get to a race start. How do you tell whether they are road or trail runners? Answer: Unwrap a McMuffin. I went from being embarrassed that yours truly was going to chow down on a McMuffin 45 minutes before race start, to thinking I was going to […] more

Book Release – Go Ride Far

In July I started this little project that I thought would take a month. It’s been THREE MONTHS. It sounds easy. Take some of my best posts, organize around a theme, edit them into some semblance of correctness, and publish! How hard can it possibly be? There are 1660+ posts on this blog. I needed […] more

Putting Together the Team

It’s really hard to ask for help. I try to avoid it at all costs. Let’s talk about the Rio 100 mile race. The first year I had a crew person and multiple pacers. I finished!…..and I drove myself home. (Bad Mel!) The second year I had a crew person and no pacers. I did […] more

Are your safety chains the right length?

Fun fact about my boat trailer. The click-y thing on top of the hitch that locks the collar around the ball on my hitch can be down, pinned, and the mechanism inside the hitch can still be partially open. Which I discovered while traveling at 55 mph downhill yesterday. After sitting on the side of the […] more

The writing and the vetting part

I’m writing a LOT. “Where?!” you might say, looking at the lack of blog posts, facebook happenings, and any other proof that words are flowing from these fingers. Turns out that writing anything other than blog posts requires some patience. I’m so used to the instant gratification of PEOPLE TELLING ME THEY  LOVED IT NOW […] more

The riding part

The riding part of my life has been a small part indeed. It’s cliche but it seems like life conspires to keep me off of horseback lately. It doesn’t help that I never quite figured out what horses look like in my life post graduation. Yes, graduation. That thing that happened over four years ago. […] more

The running part

Some day I’ll look back through these posts and pat Past-Mel on the back for these times. The times that my brain did it best to convince me that another afternoon of napping on the couch and reading ebooks really was in my best interest. While the “Reading, sleeping, eating veterinarian” has a certain ring […] more

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