I’m coming up on five weeks of no cycling or strength training. I thought this may help restore some energy by giving my body a break from stress. I thought it’d help slow me down. Maybe turn on my parasympathetic nervous system more and become more relaxed.

I actually got…

It wasn’t until I was in the back of Kelly’s car as she zipped through the winding roads of Cuchara that I realized something was wrong.

I got such bad car sickness that I felt car sick for five days after that. And normally, I’m fine in cars. I hate…

what is the point in all this?

in any of this?

why do we set alarms

to give a piece of ourselves


just to make money

and we do it the next day

and the






why does coffee never stay hot

and water warms…

Midge would have turned 88 today. She’d wear her “going out clothes.” The ones she’d save for special occasions. A nice pair of black slacks. A dark blouse with a floral pattern. Black slip-on shoes, size 9. She’d comb and adjust her hair enough to hide the parts that were…

Every morning for the past 9 months (what is time anymore?) I sit at our kitchen table and should-shame myself for not putting out a blog. I take another three minutes to brainstorm what I’m going to write about This Time, but nothing comes to mind.

So let’s talk about…

Typically, I write a reflection about the past year and I guess this year is no different but also completely different.

This year I had the goal of a sub-9 Leadville 100 finishing time. I joined a new mountain bike team, RaceCo/The Bikery. I wanted to Cat up in Zwift…

Last weekend had me wondering what’s in a team. And why do people join teams instead of racing rogue?

After the drama with pedal, I thought I’d stay unattached this year. I wasn’t interested in dealing with team politics when biking should just be biking. …

I’m not one to spend a lot of money for myself. When I saw the price to sign up for Lee McCormack’s full-day mountain bike clinic, I hesitated. I’ve never spent that much for a bike clinic. I’ve never spent seven hours practicing skills, truth be told. I knew about…

I tried not thinking about this race leading up to it. Racing on Zwift is hard enough without adding nearly 6,000 feet in elevation gain within 29 miles. Let’s just break that down for people who don’t ride up a ton nor in such a short period of time. …

I ended up in 57th out 88 racers and all I could think after the race was, “What the fuck was that?” Both in part because of my lackluster placing as well as how the race unfolded. This felt way harder than Monday.

Let’s look at the numbers

TrainingPeaks gave Monday’s race a training stress…

Jessica McWhirt

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