Hello! I'm Jill, a freelance writer and editor living in the forested foothills above Boulder, Colorado. I'm an avid cyclist, hiker, and trail runner who tries to squeeze at least a small adventure into every day. Being outside and on the move is my passion. I also enjoy indie rock (Modest Mouse has been the light of my life since 1997), newspapers (my career and allegiance, dying industry or not), reading (my favorite genre is adventure nonfiction), long road trips (I love the open road, plus any type of movement is preferable to sitting still), and peanut butter cups (I anxiously await the day science vindicates sugar, like it did for saturated fat.)
Since 2006, I've been hopelessly devoted to endurance racing, which gives purpose to many of my passions — from staying on the move to peanut butter cups. I got my start in Alaska with endurance snow biking, and still consider this obscure endeavor to be my favorite sport. Mountain biking and bikepacking fill my summers. In 2010, I took up trail running, and have finished nearly fifty ultramarathons. Races rank high in my top ten life accomplishments, which are:
|Photo by Dan Bailey|
3. Writing a book about this Tour Divide experience, which has reached a lot of people. I've sold well over 20,000 copies of "Be Brave, Be Strong," which I consider not bad for a book about an obscure endurance sport. Several have told me this story inspired them to start cycling or bikepacking, which is the best payment of all.
Ghost Trails" in 2008. I am a strong advocate of independent publishing, and believe it to be the key to the future of storytelling.
|My desk when I returned to work after the Tour Divide|
10. Starting this blog — this actually should probably go higher on the list, as a lot of my top accomplishments may have never happened if it weren't for the events set in motion when I decided to open a Blogspot to keep friends and family up to date about my new life in Alaska, where I moved during the fall of 2005. Encouragement from readers for my new hobby — snow biking — somehow led to signing up for my first endurance race, the Susitna 100. The rest, as they say, is history — and all documented in this very obese, ten-plus-year-old blog.
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