In preparation for the #marjioutnback I figured it might be kinda silly wearing a crazy costume for 200 miles, so instead I thought I’d just decorate my jersey. With @attackeracker who always has my back and always believes in me, #tinytodd and #tinydanny like the little devils on my shoulder with #tinystacie and #tinyheidi their tiny angel counterparts trying to talk some sense into them hehehe. Then @billfartindale and #alexanderahouchin the two other badass women who’ll also be tackling the out and back right there on my boobs as motivation! I think I’m set, if only I’d spend as much time training as I do crafting I might be in better shape hehehe. So stoked to get to ride it backwards with a bunch of friends, it’s gonna feel a lot like the very first year, just a bunch of nerds riding some sweet trails not really knowing what to expect except a heckin great day of braaaping. I know that this thing is supposed to be about #doinghardthings but I think it’s also #doingfunthings and #doingachievableandempoweringthings and also #justridingyourbikethings Having finished the Marji three times before almost dead last every time, the biggest remaining challenge for me before this out and back option was to try to get a buckle. That seemed way out of my reach, but this out and back seems a tiny bit attainable. I can’t really do hard things fast, but I can hardly do long things slowly, and that’s what I’m going for. Thanks so much to @doing_hard_things @1speed2 and every single one of the volunteers putting their heart and soul into this, and thanks to everybody for all your encouragement and support! It means the world to me and I really appreciate it, I’ll give it my tiniest best! Can’t wait to see a bunch of you out there! You can rub my tiny people for good luck if you want, just maybe not rub Jill and Alex since they’re right on my boobies hehehe #Marjigesick #marjigesick200 #womenofmarji
Some people might think of Friday the 13th as unlucky, for me it’s the most luckiest of days bc that’s the day @attackeracker was born! Happiest of birthdays to my best friend and the luckiest thing that’s happened to me and #beaubandy and #noeyedpoo ! Thanks for loving us and taking care of us so much, adventuring around and showing us some of your favorite places! I love the way you can train so hard, yet also find the time to goof off and do fun bike adventures like bowlpacking, the way you play with Beau and Poo and me, even when we’re being so annoying. How you can plan and organize a whole trip for us to go to Iceland, have a bunch of airline troubles really try to rain on our parade, but you made do and turned it around into a wonderful trip anyway! You always cook up delicious meals and organizing fun rides and races for everyone to enjoy and you’re always up for new aventuras! These are just a random collection of fun times we’ve had since your last bday, can’t wait for so many more to come! Te amo!
Earlier today @attackeracker told that one of the dogs had pooped on the deck and i should go pick it up, when I went to do it I found the surprise turd was just an excuse for me to go on the deck and see the big reveal of what awesomeness he had done to my #salsaspearfish for the #Marjigesick next weekend! He added a bunch of fancy new parts and made it a whole heck of a lot lighter, by 4 friggin pounds!!! Which after he rattled all the sweet parts that im sure I don’t deserve, mostly what I heard was since he took off 4 lbs of weight, I’m allowed to eat that much weight in ice cream in the next week right? Hehehe. Seriously though the Marji Out n back in my head started as a joke, I was saying that Matt could do it one way, ride back to the start, then drive the van back to the finish line to pick me up all before I finished it one direction, not sure how now I tricked myself into attempting it instead of the proper Acker to do it, taking 4x as long as it’ll take him, but knowing that he supports me wholeheartedly and Belize’s in me makes me think I can do it! And now I have a lighter-weighted machine to do it, as long as I don’t overload it with snax hehehe #imtheluckiestflooft #doingmeanunconcern #marjigesickoutnback #marjigesick200
The #fargosub69 with @billfartindale and @queenshredlifah was a huge success! What a hoot it was riding back from Wolverine to Cadillac and then Grand Rapids with these two inspiring buds! We geronimoed, looked out for a trench, saw some bald eagles, bored a black bear with our presence, ate the fanciest snacks, got kicked out of a McDonalds and graped around some single track in the dark four or nine miles from our hotel. Thanks so much @attackeracker for making the route for us and si-ing us just a tiny bit, such good #marjitraining I loved it all
Had a stinkin’ blast at the #fargosub48 with a bunch of friends, new and old! Thanks to all who made it such a fun weekend! Here are just a couple pics of some of the friends I got to ride with, was so nice to make new buds and see old ones meet each other and discover the joy of bikepacking together. Thanks @rickplite @cathy.plite5555 @marnie10k8 @tenner10k8 @attackeracker @robmphoto and especially John and Audrey Losey for all the hard work that y’all put into it, thanks too Cathy for saving my ass and letting me borrow your cycling shoes bc this dingdong forgot hers! From biking and camping, catching pancakes, Homer worshipping, and stinking up somebody else’s shoes, this weekend couldn’t have gone any better! And I even got to sneak in an episode of survivor while eating a donut! Hehehe
Rode from sunset to sunrise trying to practice for #marjioutnback and the only pics I took were of places I peed or tried to pee hehehe. Thought I’d get two birds stoned at once by riding some Francy neighborhoods for my heatmap challenge (but I’d been avoiding bc they had a ton of climbing), and then also practicing riding through the night since I’ll definitely have to do that for the #marjigesick in a couple weeks. Learned some things like how many lights to bring, pouring coffee in your water bottle after you’ve also put red bull in there is not the best idea, maybe don’t listen to so many creepy true crime podcasts when you’re out there alone and get spooked easily, and never look a possum right in the eyes when you sneak up on him doing funny things to the roadkilled trash panda hehehe. Got home at around 10am and passed right the flooft out, doh! We’ll see what kind of weirdo zombie I’ll be come real Marji times where I won’t have the luxury of all-day naps hehehe doh! #adventurebybike #threetoethreadworks #hardlydoingthings #salsaspearfish