Your Age: 39 but in my heart I feel far more youthful.
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): East Kootenay's and Southern Alberta.
Weapon(s) of choice: In the bush I like to ride my KTM 250 SXF and for the bike trails I pedal my Santa Cruz Nomad. If it's a balmy summer day I'll head to a nearby lake on my SUP. This winter I'm going to try out hockey skates with a ladies team once a week. As well i enjoy gliding through the Nature Park on my XC Skis. Occasionally I frequent the rivers/creeks alongside my fella and our pups with my fly rod in hand. And when I'm not getting sporty I can be found with my Canon 7D capturing life's stories. Afterwards I might have a pen between my fingers to record all that I saw and didn't see.
What’s an average day for you like? I wake to the peaceful serenity of Kimberly, our lovely little mountain town in the East Kootenays. My pups are eager to give me a good morning lick and out to take care of business. While they take care of business so do I, coffee is percolating. After a scrambled breaky and a cup o' coffee I'll head out with the dogs for a pedal. Then it's time to hit the books, while I finish my online course. Once my eyes are cross eyed....I'll start plotting my next adventure for the day. Maybe a dirt bike at our nearby trails, a photography expedition out St Mary's Lake with the dogs, paddle board with my sweet fella or just wander the forest that surrounds us and see what I find...that's the thing about the Kootenays, everything is at your door step!
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? I would say getting to know your bike, how it runs and the basics behind clutching/throttle & timing to make it all as smooth as possible. It used to be finding other women to ride with but slowly more and more ladies are coming out to twist throttle and get dirty.
The easiest thing is to put a smile on your face and enjoy much laughter as you rip through the trees and up over the mountains.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? Worst: There isn't a perfect bike out there for women as is, modifications and much moola have to go into getting it dialed for an average size/height girl. Clothing and armour are not designed with an average woman's shape/size in mind. That said it doesn't seem to be slowing us down!
Best: It's a male dominated sport but women are definitely making a name for themselves which is inspiring. It's always fun to play with the boys but kill it like a woman!
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? As above, I'd just like to see more gear/clothing specific to all women's sizes. This pertains to vests to carry tools/food/water that are sized smaller for women, more selection of pants/jerseys (not always pink).
I'd love to see women's competitive racing become as popular as the men's racing. Those ladies are working hard and killing it!
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? A softer spirit with a saucy side that will keep you in check. With a colorful attitude ready for adventure and adaptable to whatever my future path brings.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? Fox seems to be the go-to for dirt bike clothing; pretty with a bit of an edge. 661 armour has protected my heart so far and IXS keeps my knees from kissing trees.
And for my pedal adventures I'm all for Dakine and 510 freeride shoes
Hmm...for stepping out, is 'plaid' a brand? ha! I'm in favor of some nice fitting jeans, maybe one of my super cute SheShreds tanks and my pink/trucker hat with some flip flops. That way I'm up for possible adventure, feeling pretty and definitely prepared to dance should the music start playing.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? Feeling good is everything in this life! To feel good means that you feel healthy, happy, hopeful and have a positive outlook on your life. Sometimes life can throw a curve-ball and test the strength of your 'feeling good'. You may need to rely on 'looking good' to help you over the hump. I've had days that drain me and I decide to smile as wide as I possibly can, which flows into my eyes, next thing I know all I see is possibilities....and I've got that feeling good swagger back in my step!
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Well, I'd say dirt biking can be extremely dangerous. But it all depends on the training you put in, the safety you apply (gear, checking your speed, paying attention to your environment). More time on the bike makes for a better rider and makes it a little less dangerous but things happen....I used to live in the big smoke of Calgary and my daily routine was driving Deerfoot Trail- I'm sure that was more dangerous all in itself!
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I didn't see the crash but I rolled up on it after the fact. It was my boyfriend crashing into a tree just over a year ago, to say the least it was the worst thing I've seen to date. Even with armour and helmet on, he suffered sever injuries. All of which has had long term affects on him, however he's a strong fella so he's fighting through.
Dirt biking can be dangerous for sure! all you can do is try to be safe, gear yourself with armour and hit it. As Justin and I say, you gotta just 'Keep on Keepin' on!'
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I'd say my thrill for speed got me hooked and the places I can access on my throttle powered 2 wheels is pretty amazing. This past year I have seen more women in my area getting into dirt biking and I believe they are encouraged to try it out because of the amazing group of women we've gathered in the sport. Of course, being able to do a sport that is predominantly men makes you feel pretty rad, plus it's always fun to play with the boys too.
What is your favorite trick? I've always been one to find the dirt and jump it. Since I no longer ride DH bikes, I'm all for seeing what I can do on my dirt bike. Right now I'm getting some air and jibbin' but I'm looking for this to be the year to get those 2 wheels away from their comfort zone.
Do you own any other toys? My nomad mtn bike to take me through the local trails and my Surly Fat Bike for the winter wonderland months. A SUP that I even used to check out humpback whales off the shores of Cabo Pulmo. My 5wt fly rod to see what lies at the bottom of the Kootenay River.
What gets you pumped up for the day? The adventures that await me...oh! And a cup of coffee to kick me into gear. If that doesn't work, my fella is pretty good with the encouraging words to get going and reminds me of all the possibilities that surround us here in this amazing little mountain town of Kimberley.
What are three things you could not live without? Sport's adventures, Family (meaning extended/close, my fella and my pups), and Buddy's.