Outdoor Edit // How Ewe Doing?
How ewe doing? Sorry, guys—sheep puns never get old. I’ve been in The Netherlands supporting a few races in the past couple weeks and the trip is almost done. While a lot of the younger racers go a little stir-crazy in the dorm-style housing that we’re staying in, I’ve been so stoked at the chance to get a ton of writing and training (OK, and sheep-bothering) done without much by way of distractions. And if you haven’t been following, you can catch up on World Cup craziness on Instagram, Twitter and now, Snapchat (all @mollyjhurford). So, let’s get on with it!
Love this // I mention Rhys May’s amazing jewelry in my Gift Guide for Consummate Athletes (bonus: she’s a cyclist, so if you buy from her, you’re supporting her cycling dreams too!). So, I wanted to showcase one of the earrings she makes that I absolutely love. I’m lazy, so I love that this stud set is dressy and funky enough to be statement jewelry but I can wear it 100 percent of the time. Win!
Try this // I’m going to give myself a pat on the back: I’m pretty pleased with how my active travel has gone this trip to Europe. Normally, I find it a little hard to cram it in on race weekends when I’m support crew, but I’ve found that if I just force myself out of bed, I always feel better for having worked out. (And one hotel had an old, old treadmill right in front of a mirror so I channeled Taylor Swift, almost killed myself a few times, but had a ton of fun dancing along for 5 miles!) Moral of the story: I did something good for myself on days I knew weren’t going to have a lot of opportunities for good self-care. That meant skimping a little on sleep a couple times—like today—but it’s been a much more pleasant trip overall because of it! So, try to make time for you this week, even if you don’t think it exists. (I’m a fan of walking or riding an errand instead of driving for maximum efficiency.)
Read this // This list of Five Badass Female Spies Who Deserve Their Own World War II Movie over at Vanity Fair is amazing!
Krystyna Skarbek was the daughter of Polish aristocracy. Her doting father taught her horsemanship and shooting; for the rest of her life she excelled in charming men. And as she roamed Europe on secret missions, she left many of them heartbroken.
(PS: In other news, this will be the most baller cycling takeover ever if it happens.)
Before You Go // Heading back to North America! Next week, I’ll be in Toronto giving our “Becoming the Consummate Athlete” talk, introducing the new Trek Canada MTB team squad for 2017, and—eeeek!—hosting the official launch of my new edition of “Saddle, Sore: Ride Comfortable, Ride Happy.” You can RSVP on Facebook to any/all of the three events at the Trek Stores in Barry, Aurora and Toronto. We’d love to see you there!