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The Raw & Honest Truth Of A Regular Gal Taking On The Great Outdoors

Just me being me. Good. Bad. Definitely ugly. But at least I’m outside! I’m Jaime, usually known as the “other half of Local Freshies®”… but not anymore. I’m leaping out of my comfort zone & moving in front of the camera to share what it’s really like taking on the great outdoors.

Gear reviews. How-To’s. Behind-The-Scenes. Daily shenanigans.

It’s not polished. There’s no filters. Sometimes things go amazing. Other times, I definitely want to hit rewind. But that’s reality. You should NEVER feel embarrassed to try new things. Anyone who trolls you is too afraid to try themselves. You can feel sorry for them. Just give it a go! I do it all the time and yes… it doesn’t always work out & I probably look ridiculous, but who cares. I’d rather be outside making memories than couch surfing.

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Why is this trail so hard? 🤬😳🤯 Yeah, because my biking cardio sucks. That’s why! 

Beginner bike cardio is a thing. Going to the gym or doing other sports doesn’t necessarily mean the second you hop on your bike, all will be easy and smooth sailing. My pathetic bike cardio status hits me hard every summer. And honestly, I’m over it. This season, I’ve started things off different. I got in the saddle earlier, starting in April. Not much outside at that point but plenty of spin classes and indoor training. Then I added group rides as the weather warmed up and the snow melted. And now it’s full swing outdoor training time. 

But we still all have those mentally challenging trails that just get in our heads and try to psyche us out. Why is this particular #mtb trail so hard for me? AH! It’s like Groundhog Day at the beginning of every season. It’s a trail called the Columbine Trail Connector. 

It’s not even a hard trail. It isn’t particularly long. The vert is small. But for some reason, the pitch and ground composition give me a heart-pounding & mental workout like no other trail early season. I’m happy if I crush this trail by the end of the season... but this year, I went for it early.

So… how’d it go? A good ole biking butt kicking. 🍑 🥾 But not how I originally thought. 

With my new found desire to learn about gravel racing, I had to start training much earlier than prior years and a secret little goal was to get up this #godforsaken trail with no stops or attempted heart attacks. And after a solid month of intense cycling alongside my normal gym weightlifting, I set out to conquer this jerk of a connector. It was early May and about 4 months ahead of normal schedule. 

I MADE IT! It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was satisfying. And from this point forward, I shall make it up this trail any time of year in any kind of conditions with no stops, complaints or medical emergencies. 🙂

The moral to this biking journey is never give up and just keep at it. You might not feel like you’re improving, but if you’re pedaling every day, little by little you are pumping up that biking cardio until one day you’ll crush a trail or clean a feature you didn’t think you could. 

I’ll have to find my next trail nemesis to focus on, but for now I’ll enjoy zipping up this once impossible trail for me and smile every time I do it! 

To read my full account of this biking fitness journey 👉 [coming soon]

00:00 Intro
00:08 Bike Season Chat
00:32 Let's Go To The Trailhead
00:50 Columbine Trail Connector Low Down
01:44 ALL UPHILL
02:01 Did I Make It?
02:24 ALL DOWNHILL
03:18 Debrief Disbelief

Why is this trail so hard? 🤬😳🤯 Yeah, because my biking cardio sucks. That’s why!

Beginner bike cardio is a thing. Going to the gym or doing other sports doesn’t necessarily mean the second you hop on your bike, all will be easy and smooth sailing. My pathetic bike cardio status hits me hard every summer. And honestly, I’m over it. This season, I’ve started things off different. I got in the saddle earlier, starting in April. Not much outside at that point but plenty of spin classes and indoor training. Then I added group rides as the weather warmed up and the snow melted. And now it’s full swing outdoor training time.

But we still all have those mentally challenging trails that just get in our heads and try to psyche us out. Why is this particular #mtb trail so hard for me? AH! It’s like Groundhog Day at the beginning of every season. It’s a trail called the Columbine Trail Connector.

It’s not even a hard trail. It isn’t particularly long. The vert is small. But for some reason, the pitch and ground composition give me a heart-pounding & mental workout like no other trail early season. I’m happy if I crush this trail by the end of the season... but this year, I went for it early.

So… how’d it go? A good ole biking butt kicking. 🍑 🥾 But not how I originally thought.

With my new found desire to learn about gravel racing, I had to start training much earlier than prior years and a secret little goal was to get up this #godforsaken trail with no stops or attempted heart attacks. And after a solid month of intense cycling alongside my normal gym weightlifting, I set out to conquer this jerk of a connector. It was early May and about 4 months ahead of normal schedule.

I MADE IT! It wasn’t pretty, but it sure was satisfying. And from this point forward, I shall make it up this trail any time of year in any kind of conditions with no stops, complaints or medical emergencies. 🙂

The moral to this biking journey is never give up and just keep at it. You might not feel like you’re improving, but if you’re pedaling every day, little by little you are pumping up that biking cardio until one day you’ll crush a trail or clean a feature you didn’t think you could.

I’ll have to find my next trail nemesis to focus on, but for now I’ll enjoy zipping up this once impossible trail for me and smile every time I do it!

To read my full account of this biking fitness journey 👉 [coming soon]

00:00 Intro
00:08 Bike Season Chat
00:32 Let's Go To The Trailhead
00:50 Columbine Trail Connector Low Down
01:44 ALL UPHILL
02:01 Did I Make It?
02:24 ALL DOWNHILL
03:18 Debrief Disbelief

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YouTube Video VVVVNWhmSXZpVzVwc21DMUhZSVNkREFBLjRpLURJQkJraC1J

Building Beginner Bike Cardio is NO Joke!

Local Freshies Gal July 3, 2024 4:07 pm

8 weeks ago, I decided I was a mountain biker that’s gravel curious. I firmly believe I can take my midlife self & make a cycling athlete out of me.

Once I set my sights on gravel, my coach & I started on a training plan. My original idea was to start racing next summer. I’ve always been active, but this is much more serious. On this one, I’m going all in & want to compete at the big events, becoming part of the gravel community & adding a new level of outdoor fun (grit, suffering… whatever it ends up being)!

My goal isn’t to just do this for myself. My hope is that by sharing my journey from the beginning & being just a regular outdoorsy gal in her mid-40’s will inspire other women to get outside & try something new or attempt something they’ve been afraid to try before. 

After mentioning my newfound gravel obsession with a few friends, things somehow ended up at Topo Collective in regard to the Truckee Tahoe Gravel Race this past weekend. It was suggested I should try out this year’s race & then be able to compare experiences & chronicle my next year’s efforts to the big 100-mile course.

I wasn’t thinking along those lines. But… what a great idea! The race added a new short option of 30 miles, so I gave that a go. I don’t have a gravel bike, but I have a mountain bike that I switched the tires on and& away I pedaled.

6 weeks of crazy training (for me) to get as much added endurance as I could for the race. Right now, I’m not the fastest. Not by a million miles but I won’t let that stop me. All I can do is my best, push as hard as I can & leave nothing in the tank. 

The result… the race was awesome. I had so much fun & now I know for sure I’ve been bitten by the gravel bug. I can’t wait for the next year of training to ride in the bigger races. I am excited to meet women in the gravel community & become part of something bigger. I like riding by myself, but the atmosphere of the race was electric! I want more! 

Here’s to next year & a new chapter in my outdoor life. The only thing better is if I rope in a few more gals to follow along… and maybe even race with me. 😁

8 weeks ago, I decided I was a mountain biker that’s gravel curious. I firmly believe I can take my midlife self & make a cycling athlete out of me.

Once I set my sights on gravel, my coach & I started on a training plan. My original idea was to start racing next summer. I’ve always been active, but this is much more serious. On this one, I’m going all in & want to compete at the big events, becoming part of the gravel community & adding a new level of outdoor fun (grit, suffering… whatever it ends up being)!

My goal isn’t to just do this for myself. My hope is that by sharing my journey from the beginning & being just a regular outdoorsy gal in her mid-40’s will inspire other women to get outside & try something new or attempt something they’ve been afraid to try before.

After mentioning my newfound gravel obsession with a few friends, things somehow ended up at Topo Collective in regard to the Truckee Tahoe Gravel Race this past weekend. It was suggested I should try out this year’s race & then be able to compare experiences & chronicle my next year’s efforts to the big 100-mile course.

I wasn’t thinking along those lines. But… what a great idea! The race added a new short option of 30 miles, so I gave that a go. I don’t have a gravel bike, but I have a mountain bike that I switched the tires on and& away I pedaled.

6 weeks of crazy training (for me) to get as much added endurance as I could for the race. Right now, I’m not the fastest. Not by a million miles but I won’t let that stop me. All I can do is my best, push as hard as I can & leave nothing in the tank.

The result… the race was awesome. I had so much fun & now I know for sure I’ve been bitten by the gravel bug. I can’t wait for the next year of training to ride in the bigger races. I am excited to meet women in the gravel community & become part of something bigger. I like riding by myself, but the atmosphere of the race was electric! I want more!

Here’s to next year & a new chapter in my outdoor life. The only thing better is if I rope in a few more gals to follow along… and maybe even race with me. 😁

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YouTube Video VVVVNWhmSXZpVzVwc21DMUhZSVNkREFBLmNtZlU0WnoyUmM4

My first gravel race day is here & in the books! #shorts

Local Freshies Gal July 2, 2024 4:58 pm

Correct mtb tire pressure is as personal as your underwear choice. 🩲 There's no right answer to this one. It all comes down to what you ride, the bike & tires you have, and how you like the bike to feel. Ask 10 friends what they run their mtb tire pressure at... and place a bet that you get 10 different answers. 

For me personally, I have a Norco Fluid MTB with 27.5 tires. Living in Tahoe, there's lots of steep uphill terrain coupled with rocky, technical descents. And then everything in between those two extremes. You really can make your ride a relaxing smooth singletrack day or a nail biting, soul crushing adventure for the books. 

I sit in the middle of this. For mountain biking, I like the challenge of the ascent followed by a fun, fast descent with some tricky rock sections or technical moments that keep me focused and in the moment but no holding my breath the whole way wishing it was over. My mtb rubber choice are Maxxis Minion tires that I run tubeless and like the rear at 28 PSI and the front 24-26 PSI. It gives me enough in the rear to climb but soft enough in the front to roll over obstacles instead of smashing and bouncing off all of them. Too much air can be a very bumpy ride. 

But now that I've decided I am a "Mountain Biker that's Gravel Curious", I currently have the Maxxis Ascent tires on my bike for a more XC experience and help add a little speed on the flats. Since these tires will run on more road and gravel vs. hardcore mtb terrain, for my gravel ride this weekend at the Truckee-Tahoe Gravel Race, I will set these tires between 30-35 PSI to roll a bit faster but knowing if I hit any rough downhill sections, I'll be bouncing around like a ping-pong ball. We will see...

What do you run your tires at?

Correct mtb tire pressure is as personal as your underwear choice. 🩲 There's no right answer to this one. It all comes down to what you ride, the bike & tires you have, and how you like the bike to feel. Ask 10 friends what they run their mtb tire pressure at... and place a bet that you get 10 different answers.

For me personally, I have a Norco Fluid MTB with 27.5 tires. Living in Tahoe, there's lots of steep uphill terrain coupled with rocky, technical descents. And then everything in between those two extremes. You really can make your ride a relaxing smooth singletrack day or a nail biting, soul crushing adventure for the books.

I sit in the middle of this. For mountain biking, I like the challenge of the ascent followed by a fun, fast descent with some tricky rock sections or technical moments that keep me focused and in the moment but no holding my breath the whole way wishing it was over. My mtb rubber choice are Maxxis Minion tires that I run tubeless and like the rear at 28 PSI and the front 24-26 PSI. It gives me enough in the rear to climb but soft enough in the front to roll over obstacles instead of smashing and bouncing off all of them. Too much air can be a very bumpy ride.

But now that I've decided I am a "Mountain Biker that's Gravel Curious", I currently have the Maxxis Ascent tires on my bike for a more XC experience and help add a little speed on the flats. Since these tires will run on more road and gravel vs. hardcore mtb terrain, for my gravel ride this weekend at the Truckee-Tahoe Gravel Race, I will set these tires between 30-35 PSI to roll a bit faster but knowing if I hit any rough downhill sections, I'll be bouncing around like a ping-pong ball. We will see...

What do you run your tires at?

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YouTube Video VVVVNWhmSXZpVzVwc21DMUhZSVNkREFBLjlXNlFBVUt1NmZZ

What's the correct mtb tire pressure? Now that's a loaded question! #shorts

Local Freshies Gal June 26, 2024 10:33 am