Asheville Mountain Haulers

It’s finally Thursday night, this has become the night in the saddle that I currently look forward to the most. My friend Chris usually comes over to the McHone household in East Asheville so we can get some extra miles in on our way to meet up with the Asheville Mountain Haulers on the corner of Emma and Craven.

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Katie Coburn
AVL-BOONE-AVL

Father's Day is tomorrow, Shona has given me a go to take on whatever size adventure feels right. The first adventure that came to mind was a self supported road ride from Asheville, NC to Boone, NC. I have been dreaming about this route for a while, now was my chance to find out what the experience would be like.

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Shona McHone
Use Your Fitness

It’s springtime here in the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina the place that I call home. There are so many adventures to be had in the Pisgah National Forest this summer, it’s time to use the fitness I built up over last winter to get out and play.

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Shona McHone
What's Your Motivation?

What’s your motivation? Understanding what motivates us can help us dig deeper when things get tough, and it can give us purposeful direction. Why do we train, why do we go to the gym, why do we do hard or challenging things?

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Shona McHone
Outcome Oriented Training BY ERIC ERNST

We train for specific outcomes. In order to improve performance outcomes all exercises selected and performed, including repetitions, sets, rest time, and order of exercises, should contribute to the overall training goal(s) of increased performance.

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Shona McHone
DO IT FOR THE ADVENTURE


What I call fun often gets referred to as crazy. I ride my mountain bike hundreds of miles into remote areas with all of the supplies that I need to survive sometimes for multiple days without resupply.  These self supported missions take me deep into remote places it would take weeks to navigate by foot but by bike I can cover 200 miles in 24hrs. Sometimes I ride into the night and if the moon is right I ride through to the sunrise.

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SHOW UP TO KNOW- DAY 1 AZT

Sometimes no matter how many people I talk to or how much research i've done before an adventure I still don't quit know what I've gotten myself into until it begins. The AZTR was an adventure that I had been doing research, prepping and training for for months. I got on the plane feeling like I was ready to take on the trail ahead of me but that all changed the night before the race at the Mexico border. 

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TRUST YOUR LEGS CIRCA 2017

My nerves the last 24hrs have been more intense than anything I've felt since the 24 hours leading up to the Marshall ride I took with Shona last spring. Shona and I took off to Marshall on a ride that on any other day would be just a relaxing pedal along the French Broad River. This ride had been how she and I got to know each other as we merged from ridding buddies to partners. This time I'm not only carrying snacks in my jersey but also concealing the ring that I will offer as I take a knee on the Marshall bridge.

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Shona McHone
BEER CITY GUIDE TO STAYING LEAN AND ENJOYING CRAFT BREWS

One of my favorite treats post ride or run is an Asheville local brew but how will this effect my waistline this summer. Going out and enjoying outdoor recreation activities is a great way to burn calories while enjoying natures playground. Pay to play is the motto in these mountain so how much activity is needed to balance the calories in vs. out equation so that you don't start tacking on unwanted pounds.

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