Tag: rebecca rusch

Working the 24-Hour Shift

My 24 hour mountain bike racing career started in 2006. A long-term adventure racing team sponsor bowed out and I was left with the task of redefining myself as an athlete or getting a real job. Fortunately, my sponsors Red Bull and Specialized were supportive in my quest to avoid a nine-to-five existence. For lack of a better idea, I decided to take my endurance experience into mountain bike racing. I knew I could race for days on end from my adventure racing career, but had no idea if I was fast enough or good enough on a bike. I had never actually entered an official mountain bike race or ridden against any women. I won the first 24 hour race I participated in that year in Spokane, WA. It was my test run and I beat everyone in the race, including the men. I took it as a sign. Nine to five would have to wait.

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Are you ready for an adventure race?

Adventure races are also such a HUGE undertaking that someone entering one might think, “Am I ready? Did I train enough? Did I forget something?” I remember one race in particular, my very first Eco Challenge and only my second race ever. It was probably the most unprepared and frightened I have felt in my whole life. A 24-hour race seemed like an eternity to me. My background was cross country running in high school and college where the two and three mile races seemed long. Most of my fear was due to lack of experience and knowledge. I really had no idea what I was getting in to. I had done one 24 hour race that happened to be an Eco Challenge qualifier. I was like a deer caught in the headlights the whole way. We won the race, nonetheless, and were invited to Australia.

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Roy Tuscany suffered a spinal injury in 2006. After his recovery he founded @hi5sfoundation, a non-profit that has helped hundreds of injured athletes and veterans from across the country. ⁠

“The massive thing I’ve recognized through this work is that sports are a byproduct of community,” Tuscany explains. “We know that if we can get people back to sport, we can use sport as a vehicle to get them back to community and social interaction. We use sport as a way to integrate people back into … people.”⁠

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We hope you and yours are having a great holiday season.⁠

📆As we near the end of 2022, here are some highlights by our contributing editor Matt Johanson — pictured here. ⁠

🎉 2022 saw the pandemic recede, wildfires decrease and outdoor recreation dramatically improve as a result. ⁠

🌈 California opened the door to increased outdoor opportunities by committing $57 million for underprivileged people in 125 communities. ⁠

🏂🏼 The Outdoor Access for All initiative will fund access to nature, outdoor leadership education and career pathways. Thousands of people will experience hiking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding and more as a result. ⁠

🏕️ “These programs will turn parks into outdoor classrooms, inspiring a new generation of environmental leadership in California,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero.⁠

⬆️ Click the link 🔗 in our bio to read more positive outdoor stories from 2022, including stories on @youthbikeamerica @fullcircleeverest @ku_stevens @cleanupthelake @tahoefund⁠

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Regular ASJ contributor Krista Houghton has always been on the lookout for trash on her outdoor adventures. 🏞⁠

This past year, she’s bumped up her efforts – accompanied by her husband – by getting out in her own neighborhood with a trash bag and picker. What started as a downer as she made her neighborhood rounds has developed into a sense of pride in caring for the area she lives in. 🏡 ⁠

Imagine the good vibes and clean public places if we all followed Krista’s example! 💓⁠

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