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How To Be Outside Speaker Series in Collingwood Today!


I’m so excited that Collingwood Today featured the How to Be Outside Speaker Series on their site! I talked to the awesome author, Maddie Johnson, last week about my hopes for the upcoming event (April 18! Get your tickets now!) and I’m so thrilled …


How Meditation Builds Mental Toughness in Runners


Meditate to Build Mental Toughness as an Athlete


Everyone who’s been on this blog for a while knows how I’ve struggled with started any kind of meditation practice over the years. But finally, in the last few months, I’ve been able to do it on a daily basis, and I think a …


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Celebrate #ConsummateAthleteLove This Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is this Friday and at the Consummate Athlete HQ, we wanted to extend a little challenge to our podcast listeners: Celebrating #ConsummateAthleteLove. Whether you’re in a relationship or grabbing a friend or family member, what we want everyone to do is spend …



6 Kitchen Tools That Make It Easier to Eat Smart


6 Kitchen Tools That Make It Easier to Eat Smart


At home, our kitchen is firmly in “OK” territory when it comes to how kitted out we are. We’re always evolving it, and one benefit to traveling and staying at a ton of different places is that it really helps you figure out what …






January Letter From The Editor


I hesitate to even write a January letter from the editor/check in because let’s be honest, with my intense love of all things resolutions and our new (free!) habit guide email series, I feel like everything there is to say about January has already …


Making Your First Custom Cycling and Running Kit


Making Your First Custom Cycling and Running Kit


For 2020, I’ve started working with custom athletic clothing brand Champion System to create some wicked custom Shred Girls kit for me to shred on bikes and on trails in this season, and going through their custom design process was super interesting. I’ve never …


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Habit Change On The Consummate Athlete Podcast


It’s a New Year, which means a lot of us are thinking really hard about Habit Change, resolutions, etc. And while yeah, there’s nothing magical about this time of year, it’s sometimes just enough of a kick in the ass to get you actually motivated to …



A Few Quick Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips—Plus a PDF List!


A Few Quick Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips—Plus a PDF List!


‘Tis the season for New Years Resolutions to get made, and then broken—largely due to poor planning and overzealous expectations… And that can happen at the grocery store, especially if your resolutions are training/eating/lifestyle oriented. We have a new 7-Day free Healthy Habits Kickstart …




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2020 One Word Resolution: Flow


As 2020 is looming, I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions, goals, intentions, and of course, my one-word resolution. You all know I love a good chance to reflect and reset, so no matter how corny this time of year is, I am here …


Reflecting on the 2019 Season


Reflecting on the 2019 “Season”


As the decade closes out, I’ve been hit with the realization that 2019 really feels like the year that I finally came into my athletic, and arguably, my professional, own. Now, I didn’t win any of the big ultra-marathons out there, and Shred Girls: …




December Check-In


In keeping with my decision to come back to my initial blogging routes, it’s time for the December check in! Consider it the ‘letter from the editor’ that goes in the front of magazines every month, if you will. Confession: I am on vacation …






Best Outdoorsy Foodie Gifts for 2019


Like the other categories I’ve listed, I wanted to come up with options that were good for everyone—so I didn’t include specific gels or sports drink mixes, because I can say as endurance athletes, we rarely want you to buy us new flavors or …


Creativity, Motivation, Routine and Comfort—Can They Co-Exist?


Creativity, Motivation, Routine—Can They Co-Exist?


Creativity calls to mind chaos, not routine. Splashing paint on walls, chain-smoking, you know the typical imagery. On the flip side, routine tends to sound… well, boring. It doesn’t sound overly motivating, while walking on the beach in another country has a much more …






November Check-In


Peter and I were talking the other day about how much we miss the old blog-o-sphere days. We both had our own racing blogs (his; mine) and we both followed a ton of other racers blogs. It was triathletes like Maija and Marni who …


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Holiday Gift Guide for Runners 2019


As a serious runner myself, I don’t like the idea of gifting apparel because between size, fit, and style, it’s really a personal decision on the runner’s part. It’s annoying to have someone give you gear with the best of intentions, only to realize …







How to pee in bib shorts


How to Pee in Bib Shorts


How to Pee in Bib Shorts: The Eternal Question. Or, at least, the eternal question when you first get in a pair and think, WTF?! If you haven’t swapped your bike shorts for a set of bibs, what are you waiting for? Bib shorts …



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Introducing Shred Girls Coaching


I’m excited to introduce Shred Girls Coaching: one-on-one weekly coaching for girls ready to crush their cycling goals! I’m looking for a few motivated young athletes who may even already work with a local team and attend weekly practices with a coach, but are …













Finding Motivation to Run


Finding Motivation to Run


As a runner, finding motivation to get out the door can be a daily struggle. I remember vividly the first runs I did when I was 19 and just getting started. I knew how many blocks I needed to run in order to do …


5 Tips... For Cyclocross


5 Tips… For Cyclocross


Getting into cyclocross this season? It’s one of my all-time favorite things. I’ve written the book on it (literally), raced at every level, traveled around the world for races (and met my Canadian husband at a CX race in China!), managed an elite team …


8 Productivity Hacks For Runners


The Best Productivity “Hacks” For Runners


Hi, my name is Molly Hurford and when I was eight years old, I had an inbox and an outbox, a filing system for correspondence, and had read every book that the Hunterdon County Library had on organization. I love a good organizational/productivity book, …








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Dealing with Constant Razor Burn When Cycling or Running


This is a conversation I have CONSTANTLY with riding and running friends. Lady parts aren’t the only sensitive skin we deal with on the bike, and chafing isn’t the only issue we deal with on the run. Anyone else have some leg/shaving issues? (Hand up!) …





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Colorado Classic Is Live This Week—Support Women Racing!


The 2019 Colorado Classic, August 22-25, is the only UCI standalone women’s stage race in North America; raising the bar with quadrupled prize purse, team stipends, live streaming and longer, more challenging routes RPM Events Group LLC, organizers of the Colorado Classic, will offer …




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In Her Bag: My Race Day Running Kit and Bag


When it comes to life on the road, running is how I managed to stay sane and maintain fitness. Now, it’s my primary form of  racing and the ultrarunning scene has been awesome. If you missed it before, the ‘What’s in Her Bag’ section …







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What’s in Her Bag: Our Camp/Van Food Box


The ‘What’s in Her Bag’ section is one of my favorite things to do each week. Each week, I’m featuring the everyday/gym/race day/sport-specific/food bag of an athlete that I love, or sharing what’s in my own bag. We started with my everyday bag, pro …




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My Top 5… Triathlon Tips


In 10 years of racing and writing about triathlon, I’ve realized that even as you start to dial your swim, bike and run, there’s still a lot to learn about putting the three sports together. So, I’m putting together my favorite tips for a …




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What’s in Her Bag: My Travel Pouch


The ‘What’s in Her Bag’ section is admittedly, my new favorite thing to both write and to chat about with the rad women who’ve taken part in it so far. Each week, I’m featuring the everyday/gym/race day/sport-specific/food bag of an athlete that I love, …


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My Top 5… Running Tips


Getting started in running? Here’s what I really, really wish I had known when I got started! If you’re not new to running, some of these may seem a little ‘duh,’ but a) that’s why they’re my Top 5, because they’re the most basic …







Sea Otter Canada: Quick Highlights


For those of you in the cycling industry, Sea Otter in California is probably written with permanent marker on your calendar for April. But this year, Sea Otter came to Ontario for the first time—and right to our backyard in Collingwood! It was held …







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My Top 5… Cycling Tips


Getting started in cycling? Here’s what I really, really wish I had known when I got started—maybe then I wouldn’t have spent the first 2 years riding in my gym shorts instead of finding comfortable bibs! If you’re not new to cycling, some of …




A Look at 32… In Training, Work, Travel + Life


I turned 32 last week, which means I am officially firmly planted ‘in my 30s.’ For the last few years, I’ve tended to do some kind of birthday post, because I usually try to use this time each year as a mid-year reflection point …



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My Top 5… Nutrition Tips


I decided I wanted to start doing a series of top-5 tips in the fields that I really find fascinating, and in topics that I’ve researched and written about extensively over the years. So, it makes sense to start with nutrition, since one of …






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5 Things to Do as an Athlete Before Summer Really Hits


It’s almost summertime, which means HOORAY, you can get outside for your training… but as an athlete, there are a few things you might want to check before the summer heat (and your race season, if you’re a runner, cyclist or triathlete) really kicks …



Wanderlust Versus Homesteading: The Struggle is Real


Wanderlust Versus Homesteading: The Struggle is Real


My sister-in-law and I were chatting a while ago during one of the rare family functions that I was actually in town for. The conversation went something like this: “So, what are you up to these days?” -Her “I’m racing tomorrow, then Monday I’m …


Simple Tips for new triathletes


6 Tips for New Triathletes This Summer


I realized that it’s been almost 12 years now since I did my first triathlon / could consider myself a new triathlete. While I’m not planning to swim-bike-run this summer (though I never completely discount it because it’s hella fun), I did start thinking …




Easy Tips to Keep Your $hit Together While Traveling


My sister and her best friend went to Ireland recently—it was Colleen’s first international trip, and while her bestie Vic is about as organized and compulsive as I am about travel stuff, it got me thinking (and imparting a lot of not-asked-for wisdom) for …






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Have You Checked Out The Outdoor Edit Store?


Just a reminder that over on recently-introduced The Outdoor Edit store, you can snag fun Shred Girls swag, plus a few fun/funnier tanks and caps!     Just a note: Grabbing gear on here isn’t just hella stylish, it helps keep this site and …





A Few of My Favorite Things: All About Feet


Peter and I were talking about the whole Marie Kondo Kon Mari concept and messing around with ways to evaluate our various ‘stuff’ the other day, and one of the ways we wanted to do it was forcing ourselves to wear every article of …







The $30 Cycling Raincoat I Ordered This Morning


Did I need another raincoat? Hell no. But I spotted this Women’s Co-op Cycles Rain Jacket in Cocoa on REI’s sale page for $30 down from $100 and fell in love. THAT COLOR!! (I know, it’s not black. Hey, I can break out of …


How Your Diet Can Help Keep You Calm


How Your Diet Can Help Keep You Calm


Can certain foods or a change in nutrition cure anxiety? Absolutely not. But… What I’m starting to realize more and more is that how we eat can absolutely change how we feel—and it’s not always about what we’re eating or drinking, part of it …





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How to NOT Kill Your Sourdough Starter


I LOVE sourdough bread. It’s super tasty, and for some reason, something about the whole fermentation / no yeast thing is just so fascinating to me. My amazing friend Karlee Gendron gave me a sourdough starter last summer, and after a few terrible tries …







How to Transition to Barefoot Running + Living


I was one of those people who did exactly what Chris McDougall hoped people wouldn’t do: after reading Born to Run, I a) signed up for a trail marathon that was happening 8 days from the day I signed up, and b) switched to …





My Best Travel Tips for Introverts


Introvert travel is tricky. I’m definitely on the introvert side of the spectrum, meaning my energy mainly comes from time alone, which makes our life on the road really freaking hard sometimes—especially when you consider that most of our travel is with people, coaching …












Perfectionist Tendencies or Just Lazy?


The new trend in the wellness industry right now seems to be articles and podcasts and IG posts all about perfectionist tendencies and how they’re holding us back. And I think that might be true for, say, 15% of people. The other 85% of …







My 5 (Everyday) Wardrobe Staples


As I keep packing and unpacking, I notice more and more patterns. Lately, I’ve been realizing that of everything I own, I turn to the same few pieces of clothing for 99% of situations, so I wanted to put together a full current list. …





A Lacrosse Ball is the Cheap Massage Tool You Need


Over on Gear Junkie, I’m talking about the most useful piece of gear that an endurance athlete can buy for under $2: a lacrosse ball. It’s small, packable, cheap as hell, and can provide the most satisfying, painful massage ever. Since we fly a …








The One Thing: Athletic Bookworm Review + Highlights


This month’s Athletic Bookworms was similar to November’s choice, The Motivation Manifesto: Not 100% athlete oriented, but a lot of lessons that we can take from it with our training (and, of course, in our everyday lives). This one was The ONE Thing: The …














The Outdoor Edit 2018 Gift Guide


I know I’m a little late to the Gift Guide game here on The Outdoor Edit but it’s been a roller-coaster of a month on here and in life. So, without further ado, a few of the things I’m giving as gifts this year …


Core Power with Some Very Fast Cyclists


Core Power with Some Very Fast Cyclists


Everyone knows I love a good short core power session—hence my morning core and yoga flow that I talk about all the damn time. Well, I’m not the only one. I interviewed a bunch of the cyclists on the Rally Cycling team about why …


The Weirdest helpful running Advice


The Weirdest Helpful Running Advice


Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of weird running advice. Some of it was very, very bad (thanks, newbie coach who told 20-year-old me to aim for 1500 calories per day regardless of training). Some of it was amazing (strides, do them.). And …