Posted by: Kim Cross | Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Blog

Hi everyone. I am sorry I have left this blog idle for many months. It has been less of a priority due to a change in our situation. I am now starting a new project, spokeswoman.me, and will open that up to the public and do some race/adventure storytelling there. I’ll use this site strictly for family updates—photos and quotes and stuff.

Please visit now and read my year-end update. (Bring tissue.)

Posted by: Kim Cross | Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MC3 U Class 1: Bike-body separation (March 23)

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Instruction for women, by women! Improving your skills does wonders for your confidence. And mountain biking, like life, is all about confidence. There will be obstacles in your path. If you believe you can get over them, you can. 

A little technique goes a long way in this sport. But so many elements of good technique are not intuitive. In fact, they feel downright counter-intuitive. That’s why MC3 created the region’s first team of certified mountain-bike instructors who’ve been trained to coach clinics. 

This season-long series runs March-October. Each 2-hour class focuses on one skill at a time, in a deliberate progression that builds upon itself through the weeks. You can take an a-la-carte approach, focusing on the skills you need to work on most (e.g. drops or wheel-lifts), but we encourage beginners to take the whole series. Even advanced riders learn new subtle techniques that improve their riding. (Our instructors did!)

The first half-hour to hour will be taught in a flat, grassy field where instructors break each skill down into basic steps, demonstrate proper form, and provide feedback to riders as they practice it. The setting is designed to build skill and confidence in a non-intimidating, non-competitive environment. Once everyone feels confident, we’ll take it to the trail, stopping to “session” at certain spots. You don’t need a high level of fitness for this, as it’s more about skills drills than a workout.

Because women feel less intimidated in an all-female environment, this class is intended for women only. However, we will make exceptions for beginner males who need the same skills and come without disrupting the estrogen. (Fair warning: If a guy treats this class as a “target-rich environment,” we will promptly begin detailed discussions of menstruation.) If you are a dude and wish to attend this class, you must get pre-approval. Also: Because our instructor team has only three females, you may on occasion have a female instructor teamed up with a male instructor. Beginner-friendly. Appropriate for riders ages 12 and up. Questions? Email at kimhcross (at) yahoo (dot) com.

MC3 U Class 1: Bike-body separation
When: Sunday, March 23, 3-5 p.m.
Where: Oak Mountain State Park, South Trailhead
Course size: 2 instructors, 14 students max
Cost: Free for MC3 members; $20 for non-members
How to join MC3: Click here to become a member
How to register: Click here to register for Class 1
Future clinic dates? See the calendar

MC3: Building courage, confidence, and community…two wheels at a time.

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Posted by: Kim Cross | Monday, June 10, 2013

Word of the day: Badass

Austin (reading back-of-book ads in a dirt biking mag): Mama? This says “badass.”

Me:

Austin: Ass is a bad word. Unless its used like this.

Me: Huh. Where did you learn that?

Austin: Mimi.

Posted by: Kim Cross | Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bad Pictures on Google

Austin: You can find anything on Google!

Eddie: Mmmm-hmm.

Austin: We use Google at school.

Eddie: Really?

Austin: One time my friends and I saw some really bad pictures on Google.

Eddie: <!>

Austin: We saw pictures of people putting RECYCLING in the TRASH!!

Posted by: Kim Cross | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Peanut Butter Witches

Austin: I had a bad dream!

Me: About what?

Austin: There was a man. And he ate peanut butter, and turned into a witch!

Me: Well, it was just a dream. Peanut butter won’t turn you into a witch.

Austin: Are all witches green?

Me: No. Some of ’em walk around, looking just like normal people.

Posted by: Kim Cross | Thursday, March 14, 2013

Overlook

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Pretty neat to see my kid looking out over the lake where I water-skied in my very first tournament when I was nine years old. I hope it is as special for him as it is for me.

Posted by: Kim Cross | Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bat-sicle

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Posted by: Kim Cross | Friday, February 15, 2013

Beginner-Friendly Cycling Road Race

Ed Note: As you probably know, I am the founder and chief spokes-woman of Magic City Cycle Chix (MC3), a Birmingham-based women’s cycling group with more than 600 members. If you’re a chick, you can join our dude-free private Facebook group, where you can find group rides, learn about women’s cycling events, and find other women to ride with. This weekend we’re supporting a training race that created a special women’s event just for MC3. And the organizers, team GS Montagna Rossa, are donating a portion of the proceeds to MC3 to help fund women’s clinics and educational events. (PS – we need volunteers!) Image

What: Birmingham-based cycling team GS Montagna Rossa (GSMR) is organizing a series of training races this winter to provide an opportunity to learn and practice road racing strategy and skills.

When: 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 17, Feb 24, and March 2

Where: Held at beautiful Camp Sumatunga near Gallant, AL, 50 miles northeast of Birmingham

Race Distance: The women-only race is 20 miles, 2 laps of a beautiful, rolling 10-mile loop. There are also Category A (50 miles), B (40 miles), and C (30 miles) races, and experienced women are of course welcome to race in these categories. The juniors’ race is 20 miles.

Why: The series has added a special women’s category that’s beginner-friendly and great for anyone wanting to give road racing a try.

Bonus: GSMR is generously donating a portion of the proceeds to MC3, to help fund our clinics and educational events for women.

Volunteers Needed! Please contact kimhcross (at) yahoo (dot) com if you can volunteer. Even if you race, we could still use your help afterwards. The Swag Fairy is always on the lookout for volunteers to thank…

Posted by: Kim Cross | Friday, February 15, 2013

Beginner-Friendly Road Races

What: Birmingham-based cycling team GS Montagna Rossa (GSMR) is organizing a series of training races this winter to provide an opportunity to learn and practice road racing strategy and skills.

When: 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb 17, Feb 24, and March 2

Where: Held at beautiful Camp Sumatunga near Gallant, AL, 50 miles northeast of Birmingham

Race Distance: The women-only race is 20 miles, 2 laps of a beautiful, rolling 10-mile loop. There are also Category A (50 miles), B (40 miles), and C (30 miles) races, and experienced women are of course welcome to race in these categories. The juniors’ race is 20 miles.

Why: The series has added a special women’s category that’s beginner-friendly and great for anyone wanting to give road racing a try.

Bonus: GSMR is generously donating a portion of the proceeds to MC3, to help fund our clinics and educational events for women.

Volunteers Needed! Please contact kimhcross (at) yahoo (dot) com if you can volunteer. Even if you race, we could still use your help afterwards. The Swag Fairy is always on the lookout for volunteers to thank…

Posted by: Kim Cross | Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spider-Man Yoga

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Posted by: Kim Cross | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Prepare for Weather

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