Women’s Wednesday

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1. Great NY Times piece on up and coming track star, Mary Cain. // NY Times

2. I love reading Tracey Hannah’s insight and perspective on World Cup racing. // Pinkbike

3. Becky Hammon is making history as the first assistant NBA coach! // Marie Claire

4. Lindsey Voreis is an outstanding and her clinics are filling up very quickly, if there is one in your area, SIGN UP! // Ladies Allride

5. Think you’ve got it bad? Well chances are Miranda Miller probably had it worse – but you would never know it from her positive outlook…and the fact that she was .12 off 1st at the first national of the year. Yeah Miranda! // Pinkbike

6. How would you talk to a friend? You wouldn’t talk to yourself that way – you can do it. // Machines for Freedom

7. This little girl, Macey Hensley, is hilarious, smart and motivated – just watch her give us a little lesson on US history! // Ellen

8. I want to do this!!! Go to Retallack with Katrina Strand! // Pinkbike

9. Emma Watson is so well spoken and inspiring – listen to this talk to the UN about gender inequality. // United Nations

Liv Camp

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I flew down to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago for the first annual Liv camp. Although Arizona and New Mexico are quite popular winter riding destinations, this was my first time venturing down here in the winter.

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Tunes : 3.3.15

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a playlist (or anything for that matter) so I thought I would share what I’ve been listening to. This one is pretty poppy, I am sucker for pop, and pretty much I can sing along to…as anyone who knows me can attest to. Plug your ears. :)

  1. Old Thing Back | Matoma
  2. Thinking Out Loud | Ed Sheeran
  3. The Days | Avichii
  4. Shake it Off | Us the Duo
  5. L.A.LOVE | Fergie
  6. 23 | Mike Will Made It
  7. Love Me Like You Do | Elle Goulding
  8. Firestone | Kygo
  9. Time of Our Lives | Pitbull
  10. Don’t Wanna Fight | Alabama Shakes

♫ Listen

The Women: Wednesday Roundup

Photo Oct 28, 8 57 45 PM (1)1. Stephanie in the Water: If you haven’t seen this film, check it out. Some cool insight into the surf world which I didn’t know much about. I absolutely loved the free surfing segments- the competitive bits were rad but watching Stephanie play on water outside of competition was stunning.

2. Darcy and Danielle take on Mongolia: Check out the this photo epic and story from these two.

3. Ladies Night: November 8th…be there.

4. Pretty Faces: I still haven’t seen this film yet but I have heard nothing but great things about this all girls shred flick. Find a showing near you.

5. Mo’ne Davis: Talk about breaking down barriers for girls in sport. I think this girl is the coolest. Not only did she play amongst the boys at the Little League World Series, she has thrown out multiple pitches at MLB games and has a pretty cool commercial (and short film) that has been playing throughout the World Series.

6. Malala Yousafzai: I cannot get over the poise, courage and tenacity of this young woman. At 17, she just became the youngest person to win a Noble Peace Prize.

7. Collegiate National Champs went down this weekend in Beech Mountain, looked like a good time all around. Congrats to Kate Courtney and Becky Gardener!!

8. I have been loving following Lindsey Vonn’s recovery from a blown knee. She is back on snow for the first time in 10 months and fired up. Can’t wait to watch her race again.

9. Smith Optics is celebrating women in action sports during the month of October. Learn how you can be a part of it!

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The Bike Park(s)

Holyyyyyy sheeet. The Whistler Bike Park opens tomorrow. So excited for hot laps and mega trains…been giddy all day like the day before Christmas. Whistler is where I fell in love with bikes and each year I just love it more and more. :)

If you are not headed to Whistler this weekend, do yourself a favor and head out to the Coast Gravity Park. I did a couple of runs in there yesterday and had my mind blown, so will you. The thing that really stood out to me about the park is how snappy and playful it is. You actually feel like you’ve got a turbo boost or something. The are little jumps, rollers, things to double everywhere without even trying…you just fly. The guys have put so much love into this place and it truly is a piece of art. Head over to www.coastgravitypark.ca to reserve your spot.

 

My Favorite Riding Tips

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I wrote up a list of tips for a group of women that I coached in Taiwan a couple of weeks ago but I think that it would be helpful for many so I am reposting it on here. Feel free to share it with whoever you think might benefit. As always, I am here as a resource so ask questions…if I don’t have an answer I can probably point you in the right direction! :)

A few of my favorite tips…

1. Remember your riding foundation…if you have a solid body position, you are balanced and you are braking with control, the sky is the limit. Level pedals, athletic position (soft knees, soft elbows, head up, elbows out) and one finger braking.

2. When things get steep, dropping your heels can help you to maintain proper body position.

3. Keep those wheels spinning. If your wheels are spinning, you have traction. The best riders have the ability to go the slowest in the most difficult of circumstances. Practice on slopes or embankments near your home…try and go as slow as you can possibly go without locking the brakes. Alternatively, set up a cone/stick/rock and go at it with speed…when you reach the cone, start to brake. How quickly can you come to a stop without skidding? Make a game out of it.

4. Remember to be selective with your braking. Pick spots that are generally flatter and less bumpy to get your speed under control. You can brake in technical terrain and corners but it is very light braking…maintenance braking…you are braking very lightly to maintain your speed not making sudden changes in speed.

5. Rotate your hands outward on your handlebars…you can feel the small changes in your brakes much better when you are touching them at the correct contact point which is really, really important to braking properly. If your hands are sitting on your bars properly, it can also improve your body positioning.

6. Your bike will move up/down, side/side, forward/back as it rides over different terrain using your full range of motion. Your job as the driver is to keep yourself balanced and your center of mass balanced and centered over the bike. You want to keep equal weight/pressure between the front and back of your bike. If you are nervous and you shift your weight back because it feels more comfortable in a scary situation you can potentially loose traction on your front end which means you cannot steer and brake properly. Stay centered and balanced.

7. Look ahead…constantly scan between the furthest point you can see and what you are about to ride.

8. Look where you want to go, not where you don’t want to go.

9. Check your bolts before you ride…they come loose.

10. Ask questions…I am here as a resource!

The Women: Wednesday Roundup

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1. I am pretty sure Darcy Turenne is amazing at everything she sets out to do, now she can add award winning film maker to that list. In true Darcy fashion, she created a beautiful and clever film which took top honors at the 72hr Filmmaker Showdown at the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival. You can watch her film, The Trip, here.

2. Calling all athletes, the Women’s Sport Foundation has a Travel and Training Fund available to help female athletes reach their athletic goals. This is an incredible opportunity from an incredible organization. Apply here. The deadline is MAY 2nd, so jump on it. Not looking for a grant but love what they do, donate here. :) Also, join the @womensportsfdn on Twitter Friday May 2nd from 1-2pm EST to celebrate the best moments in women’s sports and the future of women’s sports. #wsfcelebrates

3. The Whistler Bike Park is opening soon, very soon. I don’t know about you but I am pumped. To get you even more excited, watch Whistler Bike Park athlete Lula Darquier rip it up.

4. I have the hardest time getting my riding layers right in the Spring. It’s hot. It’s cold. Windy. Rainy. Hailing. Storming. Regardless of what it’s doing outside, I don’t leave home without my Skida bandana as it always seems to keep me comfortable and happy. Having something around your neck keeps you that much warmer when it get’s chilly. And when it’s hot, it just looks cute. :) My friend Corinne started this company while going to college at Middlebury and was featured in Forbes as an All Star Student Entrepreneur and I think she is the coolest! Yeahhh.

5. To me, this is what competition is all about…when we raise each other, we all win. 

6. Check out the XC girls SHREDDING the World Cup course in Cairns!

7. Barbell Denim has been going crazy on social media this week. It’s got stretch and made for athletes with bums and legs! I’ll be buying some.

8. Looking for an epic adventure this summer? Join two of my favorite girls, Katrina Strand and Emily Slaco on a women’s only backcountry trip to the South Chilcotins in BC. Dates are July 3rd-7th.

9. Who made the cut in ESPN’s Top 50 Female Athletes in Action Sports?

Photos: Dave Buzzard | John Wellburn | Flow Magazine | David Stockman | Ryan Miller/Red Bull

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Tunes // 4.29.14

tuesdaystunes

  1. Higher Ground | Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  2. Run To The Hills | Iron Maiden
  3. Ace of Spades | Motorhead
  4. Cum On Feel The Noize | Quiet Riot
  5. Breaking the Law | Judas Priest
  6. Swerve City | Deftones
  7. Slow Ride | Foghat
  8. Sweet Home Alabama | Lynyrd Skynyrd
  9. Born To Be My Baby | Bon Jovi
  10. Snow | Red Hot Chili Peppers

♫ Listen

This past week truly felt like the start of summer. I have been up in BC and the energy is electric. There are bikes everywhere, it’s warm, the trails are in great shape…people are just fired up. All I want to do is drive with my windows wide open, listen to this playlist and ride fun trails with my friends.