Training Days : Innie or Outie

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Training Days : Innie or Outie

Training Days Blog Post

I have never been a fan of training, in all honesty, I think it totally sucks!!! But I'm in preparation for a 3000 km, 30-day self-supported bike tour across both islands of New Zealand, Tour Aotearoa. So it's ESSENTIAL that I prepare myself for this radical task at hand. Training Day's Posts will recap my, well, training day's and will pop up throughout a few newsletters. These posts will include my candid training expeditions, gear trial and errors, scenic views, maybe a few rants, a funny view clip or two and possibly a F Bomb ...or two...or three (sorry moms). Oh and this is a heads up; The Training Day posts may not be for everyone and some content may not be appropriate for work computers, consider this your warning cause shits gettin' REAL! Enjoy. 


Innies & Outies

My ass, hamstrings and my lovely lady parts are killing me!! Even though I started my training off slow I've found myself in a realm that's not considered discomfort but not so much pain....what would you call that? Oh yeah, Training!!! 

1st Month Training Rides

  • Tues/Thursday : 1 hour each day
  • Saturday : 3 hours

2nd Month Training Rides

  • Tues/Thursday : 2 hours each day
  • Saturday : 5 hours

I actually spent two months on the 1st month's training schedule due to travels. I'm about to graduate to the 3rd month schedule of Tues/Thursday 3 hours, Saturday/Sunday 5 hours but I have a problem. My saddle (aka bike seat). 

Years ago I gave up my long-distant-gravel riding heels. It's painful, long, boring, and a masochist's dream! I prefer the challenge (and speed) of singletrack or downhill mountain biking. So why am I taking part in a 3000km bike tour if I loathe long distances, you ask? Well.....because of FREEEEEEEEDOOOOM! *yelled in a Scottish Mel Gibson accent* There is nothing better than setting out on a bike stacked with all your belongings and supporting yourself out in the wild ways of the world! Ahhhh man!!! It's worth the evil to get to these goods! 

Now, back to my problem. Now that I'm actually spending a LOT more time in the saddle I'm remembering the pain. I know there is suppose to be some tuff-ing of ones ass  (and yes I meant to spell tuff that way) but this is beyond all that. I'm not able to progress because my saddle is holding me back. I'm a little scared that when I bump up my hours I may actually hurt myself. No Good! Time to find a new saddlAfter some research, I found that bike seats are one thing in biking that is NOT unisex. I also found that choosing the right female saddle is not so easy. There are so many different styles, cut outs, non cut outs to choose from. Where does one even start??? Thanks to some helpful online articles I stumbled upon Cobb Cycling's website. Cobb Cycling has done a ton of research, diving into the deep unknown of a woman's nether regions. What did they find? That some women have innies and others have outies.

(Please refer to the visual aids below: two images of a peach. Innie, without the pit. Outie, with the pit.)

Who knew! I just thought all the lady "junk" was inside. Guess it can stick out a bit, or not. So why aren't saddles unisex? Besides the obvious? Women can't reposition their "junk" like the guys can, which I guess helps with comfort. I still don't know how a guy rides a bike without full on destroying his.....urrrr...banana. But that's a whole 'nother post for a whole 'nother time.

Even though I have my peach figured out I felt I needed more help. I reached out to Rachel at Cobb confessing, my now fruit salad, debacle. She responded the same day with a handful of questions to help her find the right fit for me: a long distant, hard tail, aggressive mountain yet touring, rider with an outie. The saddle for me? Well, I'm pleased to say I will be mounting a Randee. I look forward to our sweaty long hours of riding together and I really hope he doesn't chaff. I'll keep ya posted and won't leave out any details!

In closing and to keep with todays theme is a totally uncensored video by Peaches. WARNING: this video may and will be inappropriate for most, more the reason to watch it but maybe not at work. Enjoy. 

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Crazy On You

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Crazy On You

After the new year, I went through what you could call a spiritual awakening. Thisawakening is a long, intense story I won't get into right now BUT I will tell you, I became aware that I'm an Empath. Crazy, right? I know. Oh just wait, there's more. With the empath stuff and an intense travel schedule, I was left battling fatigue. I then became unsettled, confused, lost, scared, dumb, a bit weird, along with a ton of other feelings/emotions/insecurities. So I decided I needed help and reached out to a new friend, Kristina, who happened to be a Healer with great gifts, like aura reading. After my reading, I felt Kristina gave great insight which left me a little....well, let's say less confused. Suggesting that I read up on the spiritual world, she gave great book recommendations including Anodea Judith's Book "Eastern Body, Western Mind".

During this time I went off the grid. Some of you may remember my great disappearing act. Well, I was in the desert alone with India spending my days reading, healing and writing. Slowly I began to heal. After some time I began to eat real food, once again, like potato chips or dark chocolate (my fav) instead of my month-long vegan/raw diet of kale, avocado, lemon, and water. The food issue was bad but the fatigue....it was the worst! Just after a few steps, I become winded with exhaustion. Thanks to India's persistent begging of a daily walk I slowly built up stamina and gained the ability to walk (then hike) a few miles. 

Some bad things happened but some pretty cool things happened too. I formed a great and close relationship with Kristina. My relationships with my friends and family gained strength. And the best part of all, I renewed my relationship with myself, which sounds cheesy as hell but it's true. I also started to see some crazy ass stuff! Woot, Woot!! Make way for the crazy train!

While reading about the 6th chakra (the third eye), I really enjoyed learning about pattern recognition and symbols. Here's the gist, the universe sends out symbols that are meant to help guide you. The way to recognize these symbols is through pattern recognition, which means you have to pay attention to the things that might be right in front of you. You have to be present and you gotta know to look. 

Okay, I thought, I can do that. What's the universe trying to tell me but I haven't been listening?  To find out, I kept my eyes open for symbols or patterns during an afternoon hike with India. I didn't strain to see what was or wasn't there, I just let it happen. Enjoying the beauty of the desert, I actually forgot to keep an eye out. I became present in the moment and wasn't paying attention to anything until I dropped India's leash. As I reached down to pick it up I noticed a strange looking hole in the dirt path. It was shaped like a heart. "Weird," I thought. Then, 2 paces later, I saw another heart but this one was broken glass. I then began to see hearts EVERYWHERE! And I still do. They are in rocks, dirt, roots, water. I've seen them while sitting poolside preparing for my SNAG lecture. I stepped over a moss heart outside my cabin while at the GMAC Jewelry Symposium in Grand Marais. I've even seen them in a torn bit of toilet paper on a bathroom floor. I'm not trying to see them, I just do. I'm also not making any of the hearts, I literally stumble upon them. 

Living a life through heart shaped glasses isn't ideal. I'm a rebel, a punk. I've asked the universe, WHY???? Why couldn't you show me stars or skulls or even arrows!! Something cool, something badass!!! Something worthy of a tattoo, a heart is sooooo lame!!! But what's that universe?? What am I forgetting??? Ohhhh that right....there's a reason behind the hearts! There's a purpose. I obviously need to focus on the heart, I get that. But their purpose? I haven't figured that out yet. But I will. Until then, I'll just have to keep digging on the hearts.


A few of the MANY, DAILY hearts that are now my faithful companions. 


One of the most badass women who's talent, in my eyes, is unmatched is Nancy Wilson. I hope you enjoy this extended guitar solo of Crazy On You by "Heart".


Last Week's Post

YouTube Tuesday release of COTN Episode 5 : The Mighty Morel

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YouTube Tuesday COTN Episode 5: The Mighty Morel

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YouTube Tuesday COTN Episode 5: The Mighty Morel

I'm a 2nd generation Morel hunter. My father passed along his sacred knowledge and wisdom of hunting the Mighty Morel. I've had the honor to pass his expertise to a few dear friends. In true Chartreuse Monks* fashion, I am not at liberty to say anything more! Thanks for watching this months video and for sharing with others. *(legend states that only three monks have the ancient secret recipe and the three can not be in proximity of each other which keeps it secret and keeps it safe)

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Adventure CEO

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Adventure CEO

While speaking at separate conferences located at the same hotel and after a serendipitous moment in an elevator, Jeff Wolfe and I connected. We're not only both speakers but entrepreneurs and adventurers donning the passion for giving back. 

With a weekly radio show on Star Wide World Network, Jeff shares the lives and stories of others doing pretty killer things in the world. I'm honored to be a part of this ever growing community.

Make sure you tune in. We'll talk about fear, living life to the fullest and (of course) adventure. I will also be announcing a new adventure at the end of the segment which I'm giddy with antici........Pation to share with you! Please tune in and thank you for sharing Jeff's world with others. 

Show will air live Wednesday, June 7th at 12 pm PST/3 pm EST
 

Listen Here 

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Residency Results & Other Luv

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Residency Results & Other Luv

Happy Valentine's Day!! I hope y'all get some sweet sweet lovin' or at least a nice hug from a friend. I'm here to help send out some of that good vibration. First, things first. Who's gonna join me for the Get Lost, Do Art Residency?? Well, it was a really difficult decision. I wish I could have brought all the applicants along. I was inspired and completely taken by you all. Thank you for being such badass'!!

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One Man's Salvation

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One Man's Salvation

Every time I visit I'm filled with inspiration, love and the feeling that everything will be okay. With the way the world can be at times I feel it's important to spread the message of love. Nothing speaks more true to this message than Leonard Knight. So throughout the week, weekend, month, year, remember to be kind to each other, especially to yourself. Love to you my friends and thank you once again for reading and sharing my posts with others.

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Grizzly Bears & Propane

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Grizzly Bears & Propane

As I walked through the sliding glass doors I was afraid the weather worn trim would break causing the entire frame of the door to collapse.  With the strong stench of propane in the air, I peeked and snooped a bit while I waited.

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Band of Sisters

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Band of Sisters

When you think of badass adventurers pushing their limits and inspiring others you probably won't think of ladies in their 70's or 80's. I know what you're picturing.....a big beast of a man wearing flannel (not hipster flannel, real man flannel), a full bearded weathered face and carrying a hatchet over his shoulder. Right? Well, get with the times my friends!!! Since I've been traveling I've met some of the most beastly of adventurers, who happen to be women and recently, of the mature. 

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Case of the Nomads Residency

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Case of the Nomads Residency

I am above and beyond excited to announce that I will be hosting a residency!! I've spent over a year exploring, pushing limits and really indulging in the badass elements of life. Now I get to share it with you! If you wanna dive into the minimalist lifestyle to see how your art/life will evolve, grow and expand through limitations, then apply! I look forward to spending 7 days with you off the grid in Joshua Tree National Park, getting lost and doing art. Click the link for details...oh and don't forget to pass this info along to others.

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To The End of Love

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To The End of Love

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. 
 

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Getting Lost

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Getting Lost

I spent this last weekend camping in the mountains of southern California, using this time to reflect on the craziness of last week, to create new works and to just….get lost.

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Ease On

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Ease On

I know I'm late on sending out an update! I am super busy putting the finishing touches on my first book!!! I am really excited to be sharing my cold connection design techniques with the WORLD!!!! It's how I learned to make jewelry, through a cold connection book I found at the library a weeee 11 (or so) years ago. I'm forever grateful to Joanna Gollberg for her amazing books.

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Blue Steel

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Blue Steel

I spent 10 years perfecting my skills in metal smithing. I felt that it was extremely important for me to master or at least try as many techniques as possible.

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Stay Gold, Ponyboy

I’ve had the privileged to camp all over the US. There have been good, bad and ugly sites but not in Montana, which has become one of my tops places for some of the best free camping round. 

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The Integratron

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The Integratron

A perfect sound box in the middle of the high desert based off a mathematical equation from aliens to bring the human race back together. We’re the jerks in the universe and the Integratronwas a gift from above that would help us love one another again, rejuvenate our race and then work as a transport. The catch? 

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Step Right Up

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Step Right Up

I'm super excited to announce the release of my new limited edition series which is based on my life on the road.

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Just an Earth Bound Misfit

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Just an Earth Bound Misfit

A year. It's been....a year. I've spent the year traveling the US, living in Jones (my van) with India, the adventure dog. I've met my goal. I've also met strangers and I've met friends. I've laughed and cried. I've had flat tires (both bike and car), drank with buddies, road and drove to anywhere and nowhere. I've created, have been inspired, moved, loved and given love. 

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Tall & Awkward

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Tall & Awkward

Have you ever wondered what if?? Okay….I knew we all have, right?! But what if those “what ifs” were experiences or dreams that we were too afraid to do. What if it was too late? What if it wasn’t? And what would happen if we started to live those desires, wants, dreams right now? What if we pushed outta the comfort zone and started doing things that would finally make us into the person we’ve wondered we could be. The person we think we want to be? I know I did. That’s part of the reason for this road trip. I always longed to be a strong amazing woman instead of this tall awkward girl.

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