Liv & Love Winter riding

mornings in forrest

Its right in the height of winter, the days are cold, often raining sometime throughout, sometimes frosted so cold overnight I've been waking up with the fog of cold breath sneaking up from under my doona.
We have even had snow down here in the Otways.

The mornings have often been filled with magic, winter is, if you choose to embrace it, a time of the year when all your senses are alive. You can smell the air, you can certainly feel the freshness, the sight of frost or low clouds creates a sense of comfort and I am tasting a

This takes guts...

I was only telling someone today about my daily relationship with depression.

If you were to ask me how long have I have been living with this...I can remember many daily suicidal thoughts, wishing that night I would go to bed and somehow be taken away to a better place and never wake up to face the world the next day. Maybe if I was honest, I can remember these prayers to God being spoken from my heart from as early as 9 or 10.

I was never granted my painless departure and instead was given many challenges and a

Sunny Nth Queensland

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Another 10 weeks gone....well since I last updated my blog.

I have been silly busy with work related stuff, making life happen and planning for the next crazy episode of racing, skills courses, shop openings and preparing for the Forrest Festival and Chase the Dog.
So apart from the stupid business of filling my days with planning and getting stuff done I have been so blessed with travels to warm weather locations! 

Victoria is a beautiful state to live in, the Otways are even more amazing and my home town of Forrest is paradise...there are a few weeks of the year

Ingkerreke Commercial Mountain Bike Enduro - Alice Springs

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As seems to happen in my life wonderful opportunities pop up that I just cannot say no to.

The most challenging part of this is to coordinate my time, with my businesses, work commitments and of course making sure Norm can be a part of it too.
We don't actually take “holidays”, instead mixing opportunities with our work so when we travel to a place like Alice Springs its about what we can do for the community to add value and give back what is so readily given to us.

Coming to Alice Springs for the ICME, Norm knew he did

A Liv/giant Odyssey - April 2014

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The year is going so fast and the updates get left behind.

I had a great race from a personal level at the Giant Odyssey on the weekend, coming 5th right in the last few kms, to pass Naomi Hansen. The drive to do so was even stronger knowing that I could help secure a top 5 Liv/giant podium if I just believed and never gave up.Even more so special is to be 41, not so fit, yet strong and willing to suffer more than most and come away with a reward of a podium finish with a team

Just how do you get more women riding Mountain bikes?

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Women and mountain biking.

I often get asked for my opinion on “how do you get more women racing mountain bikes?”, or just how do we get more women “riding bikes more often?”

When I search for my inner wisdom before responding, being a woman and all I relate best to my own personal experiences and of course have a lot of stories to tell from the women I teach on our MTBSkills clinics or just at events in general.

Let me offer a few of my thoughts as to why less women take mountain biking to the next level.