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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The California Enduro Series @ca_enduro took to the High Sierra for Round 4 of the 2023 season.

The sold-out Northstar Enduro delivered two days of intense racing in stellar conditions (dreamy temps! hero dirt!) at Northstar California Resort in Truckee August 19-20.

Read the recap at adventuresportsjournal.com/northstar-enduro-2023.

📸: Northstar Enduro 2023 Pro Women champion Amy Morrison @amymo_11 by @bixxel.media

#californiaenduroseries #northstarenduro #enduro #eduro
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Out now! Issue #130 a path to the path. We recognize that outdoor adventure is the path and great photos are the path back to the path. Sometimes we lose our way and great photos help us stay inspired. ⁠

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the @yosemiteclimbingassociation, guest editor and YCA director @timmyoneill presents five climbing photos that changed the game, including the stunner on our cover of Ron Kauk in Tuolumne Meadows by Chris Falkenstein. 🧗🏽‍♀️⁠

If you have temporarily lost your way, we hope you find a hard copy of this issue, and it helps you find the path out of your summer doldrums and into the magic of fall colors. Thanks for reading! 📖⁠

Click the link 🔗💕 in our bio for this issue's Editor's Note — A Path to the Path, Contemplating the Tao — by Matt Niswonger. ⁠

Cover Photo: Chris Falkentstein⁠

#print #printmagazine #independentmedia #outdoors #california⁠ #climbing #Yosemite #adventure #adventuresportsjournal #myasj⁠

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PSA: In anticipation of Hurricane Hilary, @castateparks has closed three state park units. Also, the public is urged to stay out of the ocean due to a high surf advisory in Southern California this weekend.⁠

See link in bio 🔗💕 for more info and resources. ⁠

📸 Negley Stockman / Unsplash⁠

#PSA #HurricaneHilary #StaySafe⁠
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Exciting news — California State Parks and Sempervirens Fund have joined forces to expand Castle Rock. This includes a new park entrance and acres of pristine landscapes. 🌿 ⁠

The $4.21 million in acquisitions for six properties by State Parks are the first for the agency in the Santa Cruz Park District since 2011 and the first anywhere in the state since 2021. 🎄⁠

Click link in bio 🔗 💕 to learn more. ⁠

📸 Dennis Yu⁠

📖 #CastleRockStatePark #NatureExpansion #DiscoverMore
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Our upcoming Fall Issue features an article by @alexhonnold 's mom — @dierdre_wolownick_honnold — on the benefits of climbing at ANY age. 💪🏽⁠ Keep an eye out for the print edition. ⁠

In meantime, you can click the link in our bio 🔗💕 to read how Dierdre has been rewriting the rules of adventure in her senior years. 🧗🏽‍♂️⁠

✏️ @chrisvanleuven, 2021⁠
📸 Jannette Wing Pazer⁠

#climbing #climbingforlife #climbingseniors #lasportiva #myasj
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Our upcoming Fall Issue features an article by @alexhonnold 's mom — @dierdre_wolownick_honnold — on the benefits of climbing at ANY age. 💪🏽⁠ Keep an eye out for the print edition. ⁠

In meantime, you can click the link in our bio 🔗💕 to read how Dierdre has been rewriting the rules of adventure in her senior years. 🧗🏽‍♂️⁠

✏️ @chrisvanleuven, 2021⁠
📸 Jannette Wing Pazer⁠

#climbing #climbingforlife #climbingseniors #lasportiva #myasj
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Public Announcement: Parking at Kings Beach State Recreation Area in Tahoe will be temporarily closed until 1PM this Wednesday, August 9 for the annual Tahoe Summit. ⁠

Online registration for the Tahoe Summit is now closed, but you can register the day of at the event.⁠

Learn more via the link in our bio. 💕🔗⁠

📸 California State Parks, 2019. Photo by Brian Baer⁠
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Michele Lamelin's four-legged trail partner, Anneke, enjoying a day on the trail in Oakridge, Oregon. 🌲⁠

In this photo, Anneke is modeling Ruffwear’s snazzy new Trail Runner™ Dog Running Vest. 🐕️⁠

Check it out in our latest issue's Gear We Love, or click the link in our bio to learn more. 🔗 💕⁠

📸⁠ @michele_and_anneke⁠

#trailrunning #dogs #trailrunningdogs #ruffwear #outdoor #adventures #oregon #california #adventuresportsjournal #myasj⁠
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