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A Rock Climber’s Worst Nightmare – Part Two

I woke up in a bubble of light: I was confused, but had a vague idea what had happened. I remember Nathan holding my bloody head in his lap. I could hear myself screaming, and I remember drifting in and out of reality. When I was alive, I felt intense pain in my feet and back and legs. When I drifted, I barely screamed at all. This went on for several hours, throughout the rescue and until I arrived at the emergency room.

I woke up after surgery and looked down over my mummified body, and then, just barely, I was able to move my little toes. I heard a loud relief from Nathan and nurses in the room who had feared that I had been paralyzed.

I learned I had three compression fractures in my back. I had broken my pelvis, both my ankles, and many small foot bones. The ligaments in my ankles were stretched and torn and had ripped small pieces of bone off the bones they were attached to. My right elbow was broken into many small pieces and my triceps tendon was torn halfway off. I’d also smashed up my front teeth.

For days I laid there in a haze of pain and drugs, but some things I remember very clearly. One day a nurse came in after work with a home cooked meal of bone soup that was supposed to help heal fractures. She sat on the bed and fed me, and we felt so connected despite the language gap. Another day, I woke up super thirsty. Nathan grabbed a bottle from the back table thinking it was water. I took a huge gulp and suddenly began gasping for air, for it was actually disinfectant. I guess what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I'm still here.

I was a healthy and strong athlete, and had spent the last few years climbing around the world, yet there I was, bound in by a body that didn’t work, and in tremendous pain. I couldn’t go to the bathroom alone, I couldn't wash myself, I couldn't even roll over. I’m right handed, so I couldn’t do much of anything with my left.

Even still, I had an enormous sense of gratitude that overshadowed everything. Every small thing that I normally would take for granted became a huge gift —to have my back scratched, to have my hair washed, just to lie on my stomach. It was like all the colors were slightly stronger and all emotions were more intense. I was taking a journey to my very core. 


Strength Training for Endurance Athletes

Late winter has become one of my favorite times of the year. The little glimpses of warmer weather act as a reminder that spring is just around the corner, and you can begin to feel some payoff from the big training loads. This time of year is also one of my favorites due to the emphasis on strength training in my, and many other endurance athletes’ routines.

While it may come as a surprise, myself and many other elite-level endurance athletes lift year-round. Done correctly, weight training can add strength, stability,...


A Simple, 3-Step Plan for Teaching Kids to Have a Healthy Relationship With Food

As parents, we want the best -- and only the best -- for our children. Of course, we also want our children to be happy, and few things light up a kid’s face faster than a giant bag of Halloween candy, soda pop, and basically anything containing delicious, tooth-destroying sugars. And as our children grow up, it only gets harder to make sure they get the essential nutrition they need for proper growth and development.

Not only that, but as kids learn independence, every night can feel like you’re fighting the War...


A Rock Climber’s Worst Nightmare- Part One

Our lives are full of transformative moments, and April 26, 2012 was one of them. It was the day I took a groundfall that shattered my back, pelvis, arm and both ankles, and changed my life forever.

My husband Nathan and I awoke that morning in an idyllic bungalow in a pomegranate orchard in the mountains of Turkey. The rising sun slowly heated our tiny cabin, and I rolled over and asked him innocently how he thought I was going to die. He pushed me deeper into the covers -- "Of old age," he said. "Why are you...


Carson City Nature’s Bakery facility honored with safety award

"A baking facility in Carson City received prestigious recognition Monday for excellence in workplace health and safety, from the Nevada Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) program.

With 160 employees, Nature’s Bakery manufacturing plant on Convair Drive accomplished the state’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award at elite ranking."

Click here to continue reading: Nevada Appeal


A Cycling Everest Attempt

An “Everest Attempt” in the world of cycling is where an individual tries to climb the elevation equal to Mt. Everest in one ride. That’s about 29,000 ft or 8,800 m of elevation gain in one ride, so its usually a pretty big day in the saddle. I started the attempt with very little prep and a past knee injury that would come to bite me early into the ride.

I did however have sufficient fueling from Nature's Bakery with their amazing fig bars. See the thing with climbing is weight is very important, and with a 16 hour ride...


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